My Mom and I moved out west, about four months ago. She was having trouble getting a prescription for medical marijuana. We decided to move to a state that offered medical and recreational marijuana use. We were here for a week, when my Mom started talking about growing our own medical cannabis. Our state allowed each of us to grow and harvest eight plants of our own. We decided to buy a small shed, to place outside our house. The shed acted like a greenhouse, so our plants could be protected from the harsh elements. At first, it seemed like the plants were doing well. After two weeks, every seedling died. We talked to a lot of local farmers, and they suggested our problem might have been the ventilation. My Mom and I bought a small ductless HVAC unit, so we could help maintain proper levels of moisture and perfect temperatures. The ductless HVAC unit was expensive, but we purchased something with a moisture tracking system. The ductless HVAC can help adjust the moisture levels in the apsce, so our plants are always thriving. So far, the ductless HVAC unit seems to be working well. We have a smart thermostat in the shed. If there are temperature or humidity fluctuations, the smart thermostat alerts us. Our smart thermostat send us a message, if the levels fluctuate further than our parameters. We finally have marijuana plants that are two months old, and they seem to be doing well. Our fingers are crossed that we will be able to harvest a few ounces this time.
Sometimes problems can occur, when you least expect them. That has always been a big problem for me. It seems like when it rains, it often pours right down on my head. Recently, I was having some trouble with my Jeep. It needed two new tires. While the tires were being installed, I found out that the shocks were bad too. After spending five hundred dollars, my savings account was empty. The very next day, the heat pump in my cabin went bad. The heat pump was 12 years old, but I hoped it would last another year or two. A few months ago, I had the HVAC unit inspected and tuned-up. The technician warned me that the heat pump was in bad shape, but I really hoped he was just exaggerating. I hoped he was trying to sell me a new heat pump. Unfortunately, I guess he was right on the money. The heat pump had to be removed and replaced with a new one. I had to contact the HVAC supplier, so they could replace the heat pump in my cabin. They were equally surprised that it didn’t last this winter season. I hated to use my credit card for the purchase, but the Jeep tires wiped out my entire savings. I had no choice on the heat pump, so I had to swipe the plastic. With new tires on the jeep and a new heat pump, I hope the troubles will be over for a few months. It’s going to take six months, just to finish paying off the new heat pump.
My parents always taught me to be kind especially to people who are being rude or disrespectful. It’s something that is cool because it really throws people off. If someone said something incredibly rude, you give them a compliment with a sincere heart and they don’t know what to make of it. Sometimes it just changes people’s moods altogether like magic. I’m sure there’s something with how you deliver your words because I don’t think anyone could pull it off. I’m pretty good at it and I figure I got that from my father. The other day when I was at the store and their HVAC system wasn’t working, I had the cashier laughing like crazy even though it was a lousy situation. I told her before I left that I knew they would have their A/C working again in no time. It’s really great to see people in a good mood and smiling, especially if they were just in a lousy mood. The other month when our HVAC system quit working, I called up the HVAC company. When the HVAC technician arrived at our place, he didn’t seem to be in good spirits and I cracked some jokes with him and I got him laughing. He was saying how refreshing it was to arrive at a place with people in good spirits. All the places he went to that day were full of miserable people who just killed his mood altogether. He knew it was because their A/C wasn’t working and that tends to put people in negative moods. He hoped he could lift their spirits by fixing their systems, but most people were just aggravated that day. He was happy that I was able to lift his spirits a little bit. When he repaired our A/C, I gave him a nice tip, left him with one more joke and I sent him smiling and on his way!
My husband, Mark and I just purchased our first house. In the past, we’ve always rented places. Unfortunately, the property owners are rather strict about what type of pets you can and can’t keep on the premises. Mark and I usually just smuggle our reptiles in without telling anyone. They are quiet and clean and contained, so I don’t understand the problem. After Mark and I got asked to vacate our fourth apartment, we bought a house. We closed on the deal just a few weeks ago. The house is definitely a fixer-upper, but there’s nothing in too bad of shape. The biggest issue is the HVAC system. It needs to be upgraded because of age. We are happy that there is now an extra room available for the reptiles. They prefer a hot and dry habitat. Mark and I like to stay cool. We are currently debating what type of heating and cooling system would be best for the house. We need the reptile room to stay hot year round! We would still like to have cooling available in the rest of the house. Even in the Wintertime, we’ll maintain a higher temperature in their room. The HVAC serviceman who provided an evaluation, is recommending a zone control Heating and A/C plan. This would allow us to control the temperature in various parts of the house independently. Mark and I would be able to keep the existing ductwork but require a few modifications. Overall, the project will not be that much more money than a traditional heating and air conditioning system. Mark and I would save money by controlling the temperature in different zones, and we could maintain the reptile room to 85 all year round. We still need to decide on how many zones we need throughout the house. we could have a separate zone for the first and second floor, or set up room-by-room control.
Sometimes you look back in hindsight, and can only thank the universe for the way things worked out. That’s exactly how I’m feeling about the house I recently almost bought, which luckily fell through. At the time I was desperate to purchase this home and it nearly broke me when I didn’t successfully secure the house for myself. It was only a few weeks later that I suddenly felt vindicated for my failure when the new owners posted a long rant online about the deplorable HVAC system they accidentally inherited! Now, any terrible heating and cooling system is a tough break when you’ve just shelled out 200k for a house.
It’s a true pain the butt to have an old furnace replaced, a new AC unit installed, or faulty thermostat connections repaired… however, all of these HVAC issues sound like minor inconveniences compared to what these poor folks wound up with. Apparently they had moved into the new house, feeling extremely excited for the new life they were creating. A day or two into the move, however, they began to realize that the AC unit really had a tough time keeping up with the hot and humid outdoor air. Though the cooling system was running on full blast, they barely even noticed any cool air passing through the air vents.
At first, they figured that the AC just needed a routine tune up from a professional HVAC technician. When their cooling expert arrived and inspected the AC unit, however, he realized there was nothing wrong with the actual machinery. The problem was hidden in the house, deep in the walls where the air ducts were filled with the destruction and filth left behind by generations of raccoons. This tale gave me good reason to worry about the non-disclosure agreement.
It was one of the hottest summers on record and I failed to get our A/C tuned up in the spring. After a little while, that’s when the inevitable happened, the A/C broke down! It was such a nightmare for the family, and it was all my fault. It looked like I was going for worst dad of the year… I tried to fix the situation by calling around to various HVAC companies, but they were all booked for several weeks. I tried all the stores in the area and I had no luck finding any A/C units anywhere. My son said I should try purchasing some window A/C units online and have them shipped overnight. I never would have thought of that, and it was certainly better than waiting for weeks in the terrible heat. My son helped me find some great deals online, and we found these really great window A/C units for sale. Since they were such a great price, we purchased 3 of them. They would be shipped overnight, so we still had to wait around in the heat. In the meantime, I decided to look around in the attic to see what I could find up there. I found this old box with a bunch of dust on it. When I wiped the dust away, I seen that it said window A/C unit on it. I must have put that there about a decade ago! I didn’t know how well it would work but it was something at least! I installed it right away into our family room and adjusted the thermostat on it. Right away, refreshing cool air came pouring from the ancient unit and we all just hung around the A/C so we could cool off. It was such a relief but we couldn’t wait for the current A/C units to show up the next day.
My wife and I were always interested in starting our own business. Something I thought would be a great industry to get involved in was the HVAC industry. When I talked to my wife about that, she agreed. We had a substantial amount of money saved up over the years and she had just come into her inheritance as well. We had plenty of money to get a great business going but we just had to do everything the right way. If we were going to get into the HVAC industry, we would have to attend a trade school and learn the ways of the business. We didn’t want to just simply run the business, we wanted to know all the ins and outs of it and work hard. So we attended this highly reputable trade school. It took us about 6 challenging months to finally graduate and become certified HVAC technicians. We had plenty of hands on training and everything. Now we just needed to get some more hands on experience with an HVAC company. That’s exactly what we did and it was quite the experience. We were actually pretty good at this type of work and we worked together. I know for a fact that many couples wouldn’t be able to make this work, but we have always been really close and rarely ever fight. The HVAC company we were working for wished for us to stay and work with them after a year of work, but we were ready to start our own business! We bought a really nice workshop and set it up for our needs. Before we knew it, we were hiring HVAC technicians and taking housecalls!
Every Sunday, I go to church with my family and friends. This has been our routine since I was a child. My earliest memories include going to mass with my parents and feeling very bored. As a child, I didn’t understand why I was there. I also remember sitting in church in the summertime and sweating very badly. Our church could never afford air conditioning. All it had was a few ceiling fans that really did not help combat the heat. The building was always filled with many people, so the body heat made it even worse. I struggled to pay attention back then. When I was very small, I often cried because of how hot and bored I was. Now, I face the same problem. My family and I still go to the same church and the building hasn’t changed much. It still has the same large crowd and same priest. We still have the same ceiling fans too. After all of these years, I would expect that the church could save money to install a cooling system, but they still have not done this. I wonder if the priest realizes how hot it gets in the crowded church pews. Just like when I was a child, I struggle to focus during these summertime masses. Hopefully one day, the church will find the funds to install a cooling system. I don’t expect my family to change churches, so I can only pray that they fix this problem. Otherwise, it is very difficult to attend Sunday mass in this unbearable heat.
After college graduation, I moved away to a big city. I spent a few months interviewing for jobs and eventually, I landed the perfect job at a wonderful school. Next, I spent a few weeks searching for the right apartment. It was a tedious process, but, luckily, I had my dad there to help me find the right place for me. He was far more experienced in this sort of thing than I was, so he knew exactly what we should look out for in our search. For example, I didn’t realize how important a heating and cooling system was when it came to saving money on monthly utility bills. My dad told me that inefficient heating systems are usually run on electricity rather than gas. He told me to steer clear of these systems. This caused us to pass on a few apartments that I liked, but I trusted my dad. Eventually, after viewing so many places, we found the right one. This place had a major HVAC update, so it had a smart thermostat. I had never even heard of smart thermostats before viewing this apartment. Apparently, this is the most efficient option out there. It is also very convenient because it allows me to adjust the temperature of my apartment from my phone. All it requires is connection to Wi-Fi. Although the apartment hunt was a long process, it was well worth the wait. I am so glad that I had my dad to help steer me in the right direction. Now, I have an amazing apartment with a wonderful HVAC system.
My boyfriend has such an interesting work life. He is a percussion professor, and teaches advanced lessons at institutions all over the city. Most of the places he works are pretty swanky private schools, and he’s compensated very well for his time with these upper class children. The strange part is, even with the enormous operating budgets at these private institutions, the art programs are largely defunded. One of the schools he works for spends millions of dollars every year in cultural programming efforts, but for some reason, my boyfriend is teaching his lessons out of a trailer on the school grounds. Not only is this depressing, but it’s incredibly uncomfortable for him and his students. You see, at best, these little trailers are equipped with a single window AC unit. They are small, and there isn’t a huge volume of air to treat, yet the cooling units struggle to keep up with the temperature demand. There are two reasons for this. First of all, the trailer is a tiny metal box, collecting all the heat and humidity of Atlanta and trapping it in a sardine can. The sun constantly pounding down onto the metal room certainly increases the indoor air temperature and creates a convection oven all afternoon long. Secondly, the window AC units themselves are quite old and poorly maintained. My boyfriend thinks that the air filters have never been changed out, so he’s been bringing in his own air filters to perform the routine service himself. He also thinks the freon needs to be recharged, but he’s not tackling that task. I’m just blown away by the fact that parents pay $150 an hour for lessons, but the kids don’t get a comfortable learning space or a real HVAC system.