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Home improvements

Tuesday, February 24th, 2009

When you pull a fleece blanket off in the dark and all you see is blue static electric, other than being very cool to look at you know you might have a humidity problem.

Our house runs on a heat pump system, which in the summer sucks the hot air out, and in the winter goes into to reverse to suck cold air out. One of the side affects of doing this is that that it also pulls all the moisture out of the air which is a good thing in the summer and a bad thing in the winter.

We have been running a standalone humidifier since last Christmas but the cats were starting to avoid us since they would get little shocks every time we touched them. After being out in a cabin for the long weekend I decided to come home early and install a whole house humidifier. After 2 trips to Home Depot I had a Honeywell HE360A whole house Humidifier and almost everything I needed to do the install. Our house used to have a humidifier and I am not quiet sure what possessed the previous owners to remove it, but it was gone, but they left nice starting holes for fitting the new one. After a couple hours of cutting, drilling, running thermostat cable, spraying my self with water, I had it installed, and the house was sitting at about 30-40% humidity.

The only problem was the humidifier was a running all the time not just when the heat pump was running. After a bit of research I found I needed a A50 24v current sensing relay. Surprisingly this isn’t something that Home Depot or Lowes stock so I had to order it online. It came last night in the mail last night and after some more unscrewing, twisting and rerouting I have it installed and everything it works!

The house is continuing at about 35% humidity, the heating appears to be running less frequently, and the cats are a lot happier. It will be interesting to see how it affects our electricity bill, but we are ever hopeful.

We’re in

Monday, October 15th, 2007

We managed to squeeze all my stuff in storage and 98% of the stuff in the apartment into a 16 foot Penske Truck. A Big thank you to all our friends who helped out and especially to Dave for bringing the beer. It has taken a couple days but both cats are starting to explore to house now. Sarah came by the bedroom this morning at 6am to make her presence known. Curry finally came out of the basement and started exploring the house this morning so I think things are good.

It’s done

Friday, September 14th, 2007

It’s done, we now own a house. We won’t be moving for a little while. If you need our new address just send me an email.

Buying a house

Wednesday, August 29th, 2007

Given that we are in the process of buying house this article kind of sums up some of the craziness that is going on at the moment. I don’t have much sympathy for someone who is buying a loft in Arlington for $950,000. I mean is it really worth almost a million? I am guessing daddy is helping with the down payment as well as sorting out the mortgage.

Mmmmm that sounds a little bitchy doesn’t it, oh well.