Archive for the ‘OMG We’re in Texas’ Category
Back home most homes don’t have central air, and most have boilers instead of forced hot air heat. So this central heating and air conditioning is all new to me.
Today ours needed repair and I was able to follow ( stalk ) the repair guy all through and learn about the system.
If you have a built in electrostatic filter there are filters in there that need cleaning quarterly. If you have not cleaned yours Simple Green helps to remove the build up. If you put the filters back while they are wet you will fry the air filter unit.
If you have two units in a two story open home, set your first floor ac 2′ cooler than upstairs in the summer and 2′ warmer in the winter to properly balance the units.
If you use the extra good hepa filters you are probably not getting proper air flow through the system and you are beating the system up. The home ac units are not designed to push through that much material. Use the cheap filters.
A 15 seer is a good solid unit that will likely save 30%-35% over our current 10 seer units. After that energy savings per dollar spent up to 20 seer doesn’t make much sense and the higher the seer the newer and flakier the technology.
A forced air heating and cooling system will last about 15 years with proper care. ( Don’t forget to gently clean the fins on the outside units with a garden hose once a year )
A new system ( 15 seer 3-5 ton units ) will cost about 8k to replace. You need the outside compressor, the condenser in the attic, air filter and heater. If you skip the electrostatic air filter you can probably do it for about 6k.
If you need a good ac/heating guy in North west Houston give Proline a call.
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Orange Show Houston Art Car Parade
Some times Houston can be a pretty cool place.
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Today we made another trip down to Brazo’s Bend State Park. Going to Brazo’s Bend is like falling into the land that time forgot. Everything there, the plants, the critters, the sounds are all like how you expected the earth looked millions of years ago. It is the kind of place where you wouldn’t be surprised if a dinosaur wandered past you.
We were extremely lucky today, the alligators were quite willing to let us pose them and hold still for several close up shots. ( kidding of course ) We were able to get in several very good alligator shots while they were happily sunbathing.
If you go to Brazo’s Bend, stop at the first parking lot after the gate and wander about the first pond. It’s only about a mile or two hike. You’ll be tripping over alligators if the sun is out and the weather is warm.
Today we went to the Huntsville State Park. There are several trails, we walked about 4 miles and covered less than a third of them. It was dry there too, every thing is so dry this year. So we didn’t see any alligators or water birds. There were lots of ravens and the usual woodland birds.
We weren’t sure about the snake till we got home and id’d him. The yellow bellied water snakes flatten their heads and coil and make like a water moccasin when they get scared. Had I known he was faking I would’ve got some better shots. The round eyes are the give away.
If you like biking through the woods ( 10 speeds ) then this is a great park. There were mountain bikers on most of the trails and they are clearly welcome there.
Today I went out and stumped for a local politician.
I arrived at the polls bright and early and stood with the other campaign workers waving signs at passing voters. Except there were so very few voters. We waved at all the cars passing by. It reminded me of being a child and pumping my arm trying to get the 18 wheeler drivers to blow the horn. Most of the cars passing us switched to the lane away from us going by. I’m not sure if that is because they felt guilty about not voting or they felt we were crowding them.
There was a mix of men and women waving signs, small 30ish to 60ish women who had not had boob jobs and 30 something to 60 something men. It was funny, not a single person there was overweight. Do overweight people not work the polls? Or is it some other selection effect?
You’all who know me will be amazed to know that this politician was given the highest rating the ‘Christian Coalition’. I explained that I thought church and state should stay far away from each other. He told me they weren’t a religious group. ???
Any how deep here in the Bible belt I’m not sure there are any non-approved politicians and this guy has a reputation for being a hard worker and for getting things done.