Browse Month: March 2018

The certification test

It all started at a high school job fair. I did not really want to go, but I wanted to attend classes even less, so my friends and I went to the gym where several dozen local businesses had set up booths and tables. All of it looked boring, but my folks told me that after graduation I could either go to college or start working like an adult, so I tried my best to find something appealing. Nothing really did. Then I saw someone I recognized, a young man who had graduated two years before me, and he was relaxing behind a booth for the local HVAC contractor. I went over and made small talk with him, and finally asked him how he liked working on air conditioners and furnaces for a living. “It’s a living,” he told me, “Air conditioners are complicated, but they don’t yell at you.” And then he told me the secret to his happiness, that the HVAC contractor paid him twenty eight bucks an hour, plus benefits and paid time off. “This isn’t like flipping burgers or cutting lawns,” he said, “Air conditioners take a lot of knowledge, but it’s worth it when you get those paychecks.” He gave me some pointers on where to start, and the very next day I started reading my first HVAC repair manual.  After graduating I didn’t go to college, but took night classes to prepare for the HVAC certification test. After that I interned with the same AC contractor my friend worked for, and the rest is history.

My dad made me learn about air conditioning

My dad was nothing if not efficient. Even when it came to his family, everyone had a purpose and a way to contribute to the home. He came up during hard times, so it was important to him that everyone developed valuable skills, and also that we each developed different skills, to further benefit the family. His goal was to make us self-reliant, and it really did work. My brother Charlie learned carpentry, my sisters Emma and Dale learned plumbing and electric, respectively. Dad himself was a farmer, and tended to the land, while my mother tended to our animals. I ended up being told I needed to learn HVAC installation and repair, actually several weeks before our home even had air conditioning. Dad told me sternly, while giving me some books and manuals about air conditioners, that our family couldn’t get AC until one of us had learned how to properly use it, and repair it. So I studied those HVAC manuals every night after school. I also studied the heating system already in the house, so I could learn how the AC would work in connection to it, while sharing the same air ducts. When I was confident that I knew my way around an air conditioner, only then did he buy one for the house. He helped me install the AC, and told me it was my dedicated job for the family to maintain it, clean it, and keep it running. If we have to pay for the AC repair man, he told me, then we can’t afford to pay for the AC.

local HVAC 

He hates the cold

When you’re young and dumb, there are few things that you won’t do on a dare.  My sibling was one of those people. He as well as some of his friends were out drinking one evening, and his friends dared him to strip down, and walk home.  I guess he wasn’t thinking about it being winter outside when he accepted the dare, nor did he think about them heading home, and letting him alone without his clothes.  He walked the mile home, with the snow pelting his naked skin. My mom was so mad when he got home, but she drew him a hot bath, and turned the thermostat up in his room.  She told him that if he ever did something dumb like that again, she would turn the thermostat to the furnace off, and let him freeze. A month later, he made another bet. He was dared to go swimming in the pond, in the middle of a snowstorm.  He was so dumb that he did it, not thinking about our mom and how she said she wouldn’t turn on the furnace for him. He walked in the house, and his lips were red. She kicked his butt when he walked by and ordered him into a hot tub. I unquestionably didn’t guess he would survive his teen years with these dumb dares that he accepted.  He now hates the cold, and he says he moved to the south, so he wouldn’t have to worry about needing heating. He has his a/c as well as that is all he needs. He doesn’t accept any dares anymore, either.

climate control unit 

We need a heat pump system

For several years now I’ve been quite curious about the modern environmentally friendly openings the two of us have available to us today. In the past decade it has become far more popular to consider your impact or “footprint” on the global temperature, as well as several new products have been created with these lofty and environmentally friendly goals in mind. Most of the time, it is biweekly necessities which have been completely optimized for energy efficiency. I assume that it’s a great method for people to switch to these more updated products whenever possible. That’s why I’ve been preparing my finances and our bank account as well as the cabin property for a new geothermal powered heating as well as cooling system. I started doing research on these alternatively powered temperature control systems a few years ago as well as was blown away by how effective they can be. These methods work by implanting a wire loop in your property, placing it well below the ground’s surface as well as trying to connect to natural energy sources below the earth’s crust. Then an indoor unit is situated inside your house. These portals task in unison to tranhobby natural energy back as well as forth between the several outlets. As such, for the summer season, heating is moved out of the cabin as well as into the colder ground down below. For the Winter, the heating reverses its direction as well as moves from the sizzling ground to the more cool house, but as of right now I’m personally preparing the front yard for our underground geothermal loop system. So far I only have a big pit in our front yard acting as a massive eye sore. Hopefully it will be filled up soon, I’m just waiting to get our geothermal pump going once that bank account fills up.

heat pump unit 

Nothing is stopping me

I really don’t know how people used to survive in life without the internet, however i’m old enough that I can remember when the internet first developed, plus the two of us had a crappy dial up service for our PC that required CD-ROM disks, then at the time, everything was so slow plus seemed so primitive, however the majority of websites were also poorly developed plus difficult to use. If the two of us had to deal with even a fraction of these problems today, I think all the people would be shocked to see how far the internet has evolved. That being said, it is still incredible to me to imagine how tricky it used to be to find information… Nowadays, I can find just about any details that I want to find; For instance, when our central gas furnace stops blowing out hot air, I can use the internet to solve the issue. I can look up local Heating as well as A/C dealerships in the area plus schedule an appointment with a professional certified heating + cooling specialist. I can google our exact gas furnace model, make, plus manufacturer to download the respected owner manual plus look up many proposed maintenances plus repairs. I can also search several user forums to see if other people have experienced similar problems with their home gas or oil furnaces. There’s nothing stopping me from researching maintenance tutorials posted on Youtube so I can even try to maintenance the heating instrument all on our own! I can find every piece of info I need to become a pseudo Heating as well as A/C expert myself, plus a professional gas furnace repairman, too. At least for a few minutes, but my heating issue will be solved much faster plus cheaper than  ever before. I can’t imagine tackling many of these normal life problems without the assistance of the internet!

cooling equipment 

Working out in the yard

For many years I’ve been curious about the modern environmentally friendly options we have available today. In the past decade it has become far more popular to consider your impact on the global climate, and many new products have been created with these environmentally friendly goals in mind. Most of the time, it is daily necessities which have been optimized for energy efficiency. I think it’s a great idea for people to switch to these updated products whenever possible. That’s why I’ve been preparing my bank account and home property for a geothermal heating and cooling system. I started doing research on these alternative climate control systems a few years ago and was blown away by how effective they are. The system works by implanting a wire loop in your property, placing it deep below the ground and trying to connect to natural energy sources below the earth’s crust. Then an indoor unit is placed inside your house. These two portals work to move natural energy back and forth between the two outlets. As such, in the summer, heat is moved out of the house and into the colder ground down below. In the winter, the heat reverses its direction and moves from the warm ground to the cooler house. Right now I’m personally preparing the yard for our underground loop system. So far I only have a large pit in our backyard acting as a huge eye sore. Hopefully it will be filled up soon, I’m just waiting to get our geothermal pump once my bank account fills up.

 

Concentrating on my work

I don’t recognize that you’ve never worked from lake house before, but let me tell you it can be a little complicated, first of all, it requires you to have a whole lot of personal motivation, and secondly, it can get sort of uncomfortable plus boring suddenly, and lastly, it’s difficult to make your entire environment totally comfortable enough to get great task accomplished. Occasionally I try to circumvent all of these issues by going out plus really working at a root beer shop, but there are still challenges in a public locale, and i thought that it would help to go out plus be around other human beings as I finished my work, so I went to my nearest cafe last week. I didn’t expect, but, that the air temperature control system at the establishment would be so out of whack. It was fairly cold outside as I walked to the spot, so I was really looking forward to feeling a nice level of heat when I arrived. I wanted to sip on a little root beer plus moderate up as I looked over my assignments, but unfortunately, this was not to be my fate, however rather, when I walked into the shop, I immediately felt tremendous disappointment at the cold indoor air. I recognize that the internal air temperature was perhaps no more than nine or ten degrees warmer than it felt outdoors. I thought I would moderate up eventually with my ice cold root beer in hand, but as I tried to sit plus to concentrate on work, I only found myself getting colder plus colder. It truthfully felt like the gas furnace was set to maybe 54 degrees. I tried to ask the barista about adjusting the thermostat settings, but she told me it was out of her control to adjust the indoor temperature. I gave up at that time, plus returned back to the isolation of my home.

This is the right idea

It’s a very strenuous decision to transfer to a new house. There is so much to consider when you’re giving up a apartment for a brand new location with some unknown quirks. You never suppose what you might be really getting until you fully transfer into the new house. This is even more true when you also move to a whole new state! Not only are you concerned about the security in addition to comfort of the apartment or house itself, however also a new city, state, in addition to temperature. Let me tell you, it’s been a sizable transition to transfer to the south recently. There are a ton of things you need to adjust to, however the  greatest point might be the new temperature. The outdoor temps each afternoon here are moderately sizzling year round. The warmest season is downright brutal, with daily air conditions that nearly reach 101 degrees each afternoon in addition to at least 79% humidity. The daytime sunlight is nothing short of overwhelming. It is entirely necessary to maintain an effective in addition to efficient a/c at your disposal just to survive these hot seasons. The Winter seasons, on the other hand, are amazing compared to what I had been used to. The temperature only dips into the 40 or 50’s, in addition to there is still copious amounts of sunlight every afternoon. It never snows or gets terribly windy except during hurricanes, so the lower outdoor temperature is totally doable. For me, this transfer of homes was an amazing upgrade from the exhausting Winter season seasons I had been used to! I suppose that I’m still getting used to our new apartment in addition to this state, in addition to I know there is a lot to learn, however at least I’m totally comfortable the whole Winter season long these days.  

humidity control 

Returning to isolation

I don’t know if you have ever worked from your house before, but it can be a little complicated, then first of all, it requires you to have a great deal of personal motivation… Secondly, it can get uncomfortable as well as quite boring pretty quickly, lastly, it’s strenuous to make your entire environment comfortable enough for you to get some great work accomplished. Sometimes I try to circumvent these issues by going out as well as laboring at what we call a pop-up shop, but there are still many challenges in a new locale, and i thought that it would help to go out as well as be around some other human beings as I worked, so I went to visit our nearest cafe last week. I didn’t expect, however, that the air temperature controls at the establishment would be so out of whack. It was fairly cold out as I walked to the location, so I was really looking forward to feeling a nice level of heating when I got there. I wanted to sip hot pop as well as moderate up as I looked over our many assignments; Unfortunately, this was not our fate, then rather, when I walked into the pop-up shop, I instantly felt important disappointment at the chilly indoor air. I suppose that the internal air temperatures were perhaps more than nine degrees warmer than it felt outdoors. I thought I would moderate up sooner or later with our hot drink in hand, but as I tried to settle down as well as concentrate, I only found myself getting cooler as well as cooler. It really felt as if the oil furnace was set to maybe 59 degrees. I tried to ask the barista about increasing the temperature control setting, but she said it was totally out of her control to adjust the indoor temperatures. I just gave up at that point as well as returned to the isolation of our home.

commercial A/C 

An all inclusive resort

Last week, we were having problems with our furnace system.  At first, it was just a lack of heating coming out of the air vents, and an overabundance of dust.  We thought it was simply that we needed to change the air filters, so I changed out the air filters and cleaned the air vents.  After that, we didn’t see much difference, but we noticed a definite scratchy sound in the system, when it started to run. Now we knew we were having a problem.  When my husband was changing the temperature on the thermostat, and I had been doing the same thing, we knew we had to do something. We hadn’t realized how often the thermostat had been changed.  We called the HVAC company and had a technician come in and look at our furnace. He did some adjustments, but he said that we needed a new nozzle in our pilot light. Unfortunately, he didn’t have the part in stock, and he had to order it.  The part was supposed to be in on Tuesday, and it hadn’t arrived yet. We had a three day weekend planned at an all-inclusive resort, and she had bought a new bikini for the occasion. I really didn’t want to miss that trip. We wouldn’t be able to recoup our deposit if we didn’t go and there was that bikini to consider.  If they didn’t have the furnace part there by Wednesday at the latest, I really feared we would have to cancel our holiday. Tomorrow is Wednesday, and I can only hope that they do as they have said they would.

indoor air quality