After my brother got married, he and his wife decided to relocate to a city up North in hopes of finding better employment opportunities. The Midwest was no place for account executives for a thirst for investments. Most people and businesses in our area were somehow farm related and many didn’t trust big banking anyway. They knew that they would have much greater careers if they lived closer to the action in big cities. Many of the cities up north are home to the biggest investment banks in the country. As they had never lived where the conditions were so harshly cold, they went and scoped out the job market and housing that may be available to them. They only found a few homes that were within their price range. The deciding factor came down to not only price, but the HVAC system too. They knew that heat was an important factor because they were already worried about the long cold winters. My sister-in-law’s biggest problem was the fact that all of the homes they looked at used gas powered appliances. She grew up with all electric and wanted to have the same in their new home. I recognize the fact that tornadoes had destroyed so many houses in our hometown made her nervous. She kept saying that if the new home is destroyed, how do you turn off the gas, and she worried that it may cause a fire. She truly wanted an electric furnace and that meant that they would need to purchase a new one and have it installed. My brother tried to explain to her that tornadoes were not an issue in the area where they were moving to, but she just couldn’t let go of that fear. They talked to an HVAC dealer who thought they were foolish to replace a perfectly good system. The cost involved was quite high! Not only that, the gas furnaces were much cheaper to operate and more fuel efficient over all. Happily, they found great jobs, a beautiful house, and a trusted HVAC dealer who changed over the appliances without a problem. They are looking forward to building their lives in their new location.
The two of us recently decided to purchase a dilapidated dwelling, which honestly has the two of us up all day as well as all night. The dilapidated dwelling is a good distance from the two of us, so we honestly spend a great deal of time driving back to the property. Just recently, the two of us have had a lot of problems with the heating, ventilation, as well as A/C equipment. It’s honestly been very difficult, because the two of us have always been used to the colder temperatures from living by the mountains. The two of us honestly didn’t understand what we were coming into, when we honestly decided to take over this dilapidated dwelling in the South. There are constantly problems to worry about, plus this is honestly the first time that the two of us have ever had to deal with heating, ventilation, as well as A/C equipment. The two of us have to perform many checks on the heating, ventilation, as well as A/C equipment. Lucky Ali for the two of us, our dilapidated dwelling is near many different heating, ventilation, as well as A/C equipment operators. 80% of the time, it’s easy to get someone out to fix the problems as long as they occur before noon. The two of us hope to be finished with our upgrades to the dilapidated dwelling soon, so we can decide if we want to sell it or move down to the South as well as stay there for a very, very long time.
Ever since my son moved home, our electric bills have doubled. Our grocery bill has doubled, too. A few months ago, my son took up smoking. Since we don’t allow smoking in the house, my son sits in the garage all day. There is no heat or A/C in the garage.Lately, the temperatures have pretty cold outside. My son went to Walmart and bought a portable space heater for the garage. He set up an extension cord which stretches over half the garage. The electric space heater is hooked up to the power. The electric space heater runs all day, even when noone is in the garage. My husband tried to talk to Darryl about the electric bill and the space heater, but they just ended up arguing. This morning, I went to the garage to get food out of the deep freezer. The garage felt like a sauna. It must have been close to ninety degrees in the garage,. The heater was still running, and Darryl had not been home all day long. I unplugged the heater, and tossed it up on a shelf. When Darryl got home later that afternoon, we sat down and had a frank discussion. I don’t mind having my son back home, but we can’t afford the bills to get any higher. If Darryl wants to help pay the electric bill, then he can get the space heater returned. Until I see some help with these hefty utility bills, I am in charge of how much electricity gets used in the house.
When I woke up this morning, the hot water wasn’t working. I didn’t have time to check on the hot water heater, but I called the office for my apartment building and made a maintenance request. I was already running late for an important meeting, and my boss was going to kill me. I strolled in the door about fifteen minutes late for our meeting with clients. After profusely apologizing for my delayed absence, I realized that my projections were sitting on the coffee table at home. I tried to wing it, but everyone could see me bumbling around. My boss finally decided to reschedule the meeting for next Wednesday. After the meeting, my boss sent me home for the rest of the day to get my head together. When I arrived to my apartment, the maintenance staff was inside. They had the hot water heater torn apart, and the HVAC closet was open too. I asked if there was a problem with the HVAC unit, and they tried to explain the problem. I barely understood what they were explaining, but my hot water heater and HVAC unit were not functioning. The supervisor told me it would be at least an hour, before the apartment was empty. At this point, my day was already ruined. I went over to the diner across the street for lunch, while the supervisor finished working in my apartment. I had a BLT sandwich, french fries, and a side salad. While I was there, I had three cups of java. When I finally came back to the apartment, everyone was gone.
I have worked in the heating and cooling industry since my high school internship, and still nothing ever prepares me for the stink bug infestations that can occur in homes. How people can be so negligent is beyond me. They know they live in an area where stink bugs are a huge problem. They are aware of what proper heating and cooling maintenance looks like for the most part. And, yet, every fall it is our biggest emergency call for our HVAC technicians. This week I walked into a house who called about problems with their heating system. We had a cold front come through last week and people were turning on their heaters much earlier than usual. When they did this, they were coming to realize that maintenance check they were supposed to schedule never did happen. This family’s house was fairly big size and heating it was not easy task. I immediately started to ask all the basic questions and receive all the surprising answers. In check, they had done nothing to care for their heating system. I cautiously walked down to the basement where the odor was growing stronger faster. When I opened up the venting and looked in the ductwork, I saw hundreds if not more dead stink bugs. It was hard not to lose my lunch. I went back upstairs to talk to the owners. I told them that we had to bring in a team to strip the entire coating and ductwork in order to replace it. They were visibly upset. I am sure they will never forget that mistake again.
Why is it that some people think they are completely untouchable in some areas of their life? I am an HVAC technician for a local business. I have been at this job for over two decades, and it still amazes me how people neglect their homes and appliances! Why do they think something that can be so complicated as a heating and cooling system could basically run without care? These machines are not toys. They are not made out of plastic. The very intricate parts involved for these heating and cooling systems are not easily repaired or replaceable. They need to be maintained at least twice a year and deep cleaned no less than once a year if you are going to get the quality heating and cooling that you are looking for in your system. So, this time of year never ceases to amaze me as the weather is starting to change. We get emergency call after emergency call of people’s whose heating systems shut down in the storm. Nothing they do can get them going. We get out there on overtime pay to find their vents are often utterly clogged and the systems covered in dirt and grime from lack of attention. They look at me with such surprise when I tell them how much it will cost to clean out their vents and fix the main mechanism for their thermostats and larger overall heating and cooling system. I then have to remind them that I was there only a year or two ago with the same problem and the same result. By this point they are pretty embarrassed.
Last summer we moved to an amazing new house in the mountains. It was right on the river with tons of walking trails. We just felt so lucky to have found this great spot to live. It was the perfect place for all of our kids. There were so many activities to do around the house. The best part is that in the summer it stayed nice and cool because we were on the water. The downstairs was almost like a basement. It was like a nice refrigerator. It never really occurred to us that this probably would not be so great when the winter came around. Once the fall hit and the temperatures started to drop, the heat pump was in full speed mode to heat the house. You could hear it constantly clicking on and we rarely felt the house was that warm from the heat it was supposedly providing. Once the snow hit, it got even worse! The cold just infested the entire house and no one was happy. When we got our heating bill, we were floored. It was extraordinary high for barely even using it!! A little research found that heat pumps are really the most inefficient source of heat and costly. We were told that we had to leave it on, otherwise the pipes would freeze. So, now we had to resort to buying portable electric heaters to offset the cold in the bedrooms, just so we could at least get a good night’s sleep. The children were not happy and my husband was pretty upset. We started to realize the cost of heating our new home was not worth the location in the least. We had a lot of rethinking to do before the next winter came around.
There is an ever growing trend of men and women wanting to work from home in the last decade. What was once reserved for stay at home parents, has now become one of the greatest trends in the working world today. Many are simply seeing it as a chance to have the best of both worlds available to them in the workforce. They can get their work in and be a part off their families every day lives. But, lately, it has been discovered that part of the trend has been related to the work environments themselves. Most office buildings are using outdated central heating or cooling systems for the entire building that can no longer decipher from hot or cold problem areas. They are setting the thermostat to a basic temperature at any given day and the entire building’s employees are held captive to whatever that temperature is set at. But, worse, anyone with allergies is going to suffer with these older heating and cooling systems. The filters that are in place are made from a cheaper form of filter that doesn’t hold up to the deteriorating environmental elements that are found in the air today. Many of these employees who want to work from home are indeed severe allergy sufferers who have installed the Pure Air Filter System in their homes allowing them fresh air to breathe on a regular basis. Thus, enhancing the quality of life they receive. Unless these bigger office buildings do something to change up the way they are processing their employee’s air, I think you will see more and more people demanding to work from home.
My friends and I first met when we worked together as HVAC service technicians. Our boss back then was thrifty on his best days firmly believed that everything we threw away could’ve been reused. We saw this man dig through piles of trash outside of a factory just to collect scrap to sell off at a recycling plant. While his sense of thrift was almost disgusting, he taught us valuable lessons about when to discard, or when to save. With his training, my friends and I grew to enjoy re-fabricating old machinery. One of our favorite things to do is refurbish old air conditioners and fans. More often than not, our refurbished products look better than they did on their day leaving the factory! Well, one day a coworker and I wrapped up a job on the west side of town, and we went into this gas station for some cool drinks. It was a hot summer day, and the sun was relentless in shining down on us. Upon entering the gas station, we noticed the store was incredibly hot, as if there was hardly any air flow at all! The clerk told us that the owner doesn’t like running the air conditioner since the doors are opening and closing all day. That was pretty barbaric, even to a couple of guys who spend all day working in the heat. On our way back to the workshop, we both had the same idea. We decided to refurbish this old metal oscillating fan and give it to the clerk at the station. When we finished the fan, we took it back to the gas station the next day and presented it to the clerk. He was speechless! We could tell how excited he was to have it, which frankly was payment enough for us. Now every time we come through the store, we see that clerk with a smug grin, standing in front of his big fan.
Everyone of us are easily upset, because the weather near our beach condominium is still pretty cold. The weather around here is easily much warmer at this time of the year, but this year has been quite different than the years in previous times. On many occasions, everyone of us are easily cold during the winter, because there are extremely chilly temperatures in our area. Everyone around here experiences I see plus snowy condition throughout all of the cold months. It can easily be important for everyone of us to have diligence when it comes to caring for our heating plus air conditioning device. The heating device is important, because it keeps everyone of us from easily freezing during the month of November plus December. These are the month around here when the cold weather is usually the worst, plus our beach condominium gets very cold quite easily. Everyone in my family pays a professional to come to the beach condominium + make revisions to our heating plus air conditioning device. The heating plus air conditioning device is easily cared for, by providing it with two maintenance appointments throughout the long Year. Everyone of us have our heating plus air conditioning device inspected during the fall months plus the spring months. This has always helps to maintain our home system, so that everyone in my family doesn’t have to worry about being without the air conditioning device when the sun is at its highest point. We even use the same company every year, so we know the service and quality will be superb.