Figuring things out

What do you think is the most refreshing thing in the world? Think about going for a long run, on a 90 degree day, with no cover from the sun. You are out there on the scalding hot asphalt for almost an hour and you do not even have a water bottle with you. What do you look forward to most after this run? A lot of people would probably go straight for a cold glass of water or maybe a massive ice cream sundae. For me, the answer is simple. First and foremost I take a hot shower. It is important not to opt for a cold shower, because your muscles need the heat to relax after you have stopped moving. Then, my A/C does the real refreshing. I just plop down on my couch, kick back, and let my brand new climate control system take me away to relaxation town. We just had it installed after our old HVAC system died unexpectedly. It worked flawlessly for years and we always kept up on the heating and cooling maintenance. I suppose everything has an expiration date though, as did our old climate control system. So anyway, we went out and replaced it. We had no clue what kind of HVAC equipment was out there. The selection is massive. In the past, we have always had air conditioners and furnaces that were already integrated into our home before we moved in. Heating and cooling is a very large industry though and there is a lot of math to be done.

Pizza for my loved ones

My family and I absolutely love pizza. We like to go at least once a week to our favorite spot and order a giant pie. My personal favorite is the veggie explosion pizza that has all sorts of stuff on it. I can hardly remember all of it, but it is a brilliant blend of toppings. I believe there are three types of cheese, tomatoes, onions, broccoli, carrots, peppers, olives, and a bunch of other stuff. My kids like the pizzas with tons of meat on them. I will eat them when they insist on making that choice, but I always feel super unhealthy afterward. In town there are actually two places that we like; one of them won our hearts with their HVAC system though. The other spot has pizza that is just as good, but it is tiny and there is no air conditioning. Especially in the hot months, it can be tough to enjoy even the best pizza without A/C. There really is no ventilation to speak of. The windows do not open. It is basically an oven. The climate control system at the other place is fantastic. It works well enough to keep up with the thermostat, which I imagine is set around 70 degrees. Still though, I do not notice the air conditioner cooling down our pizza too fast. There is no drafty air current being created by the HVAC system like in some restaurants. Overall, it seems to have a successful restaurant, climate control is almost as important as the quality of the food.

air conditioner service 

Service is very important to me

When  you live in the south you will often find yourself kind of sad at Christmastime. At least I sometimes do. I see all those photos and Christmas cards and stuff with snow and fireplaces with curling smoke coming out of the fireplace chimney. I see kids making snowmen and drying their mittens on the radiators in their homes, and that reminds me of when I was very young and I dried my mittens on the radiator and warmed up my hands by rubbing them right there in front of the radiators, too. I also warmed up the rest of me with hot cocoa and a rest by the fireplace. That was especially delightful during the Christmas break from school. Now, here in the south, we will sometimes have chilly weather for Christmas, but for the most part we are running the a/c on Christmas day. We will be dressed in shorts or leggings, at the most, and sweating as we cook the turkey or ham. In fact, I always adjust my HVAC zone control to keep the kitchen cooler than the rest of the house on Christmas. I need that extra burst of a/c when I am cooking. When I lived even further south, we often would go to the beach on Christmas and take a picture to send to people who were using their furnaces and heaters and wearing their gloves and boots. I don’t know, I suppose both lifestyles have something to offer, but there is still something a little odd about wearing shorts and running the a/c on Christmas day.

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Autumn is fun

Autumn can never get here fast enough, in my opinion. EVery year, I anxiously await the arrival of the autumn weather because it means I will be having the lowest a/c costs of the entire year. Autumn means it is time to wear tights or leggings and boots. It also means that it is time to shut off the air conditioning. When I am able to shut off the air conditioning, I see an immediate reduction in my electric bill. I live in a part of the country that is relatively mild in the winter. We do not get snow or sleet or ice. In fact, I do not even use the heater much at all during the winter months. A lot of people do, but I prefer the cold weather and would rather just wear a sweater or use a blanket than turn on the heater. BUt that being said, of course you know that we are forced to use our air conditioning for most of the year. When I lived up north as a child, I do not think we even hat air conditioning. I do not think it was common at all up north back in those days. You would have to be a very unusual person indeed to do without heating, though. Everyone hat a furnace or heater of some sort. Our house hat an oil furnace and radiators. I can remember the man coming to fill up the oil furnace storage tank, and it was great fun to let our mittens dry on the radiator. NOw, I look forward to autumn so I can turn off the a/c and save some money.

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Furnace repairs

Have you ever done something that made you feel really foolish? I have spent a lifetime doing silly things, but recently my silliness cost me $75. This is what happened. I woke up one day recently and I was feeling so darn hot. This is not unusual for me, as I am hot-natured. But it seemed to be really hot, so after I took my shower I went to the hall to check the thermostat. The thermostat read 79 degrees! That is way too hot. I normally keep my a/c thermostat set on 75 because that is as cool as I can make it without having an electric bill soaring through the roof. Anyway, I checked the thermostat to see what I hat set the a/c on, and I discovered that it was set on 75 as usual. That means that despite the fact that the thermostat was supposed to tell the a/c compressor to turn on and cool the house, the a/c was not coming on. So, I turned the thermostat off and back on. That did not help. So, I went outside to the HVAC unit. It wasn’t coming on at all. So I went back in and moved the thermostat setting down to 65 just in an attempt to get my HVAC to kick on. No luck. So, I did not know what to do, so I called the HVAC company. They know how I am about my a/c, so they came out the same day. I took off work so I could be home when they arrived. They got to the house and immediately did the same thing with the thermostat that I hat already done. Turned out it was just a switched off circuit breaker!

space heater 

I do love this furnace

It is not the beginning of October, and you know what that means. It is time to start getting ready for all the upcoming holidays. The first holiday to plan for is Halloween. This year, we are lucking out in a weird sort of way. We recently purchased a new house, and it has an oil furnace. What is lucky about that? Well, the oil furnace is not working properly. What is lucky about that? Well, the oil furnace is making these weird groaning noises that you can hear in the front yard, through the basement windows near the ground out front. We have an appointment to get the oil furnace inspected, but not until November 1. We want the oil furnace to make the spooky groaning noises on Halloween to scare the kids. That is why it is lucky to have an oil heater that makes funny groaning noises. We rarely use any sort of heating anyway because we live in the south. Plus, I am not a fan of heaters. They give me sore throats and dry sinuses, so that is why I am not in a huge hurry to get the oil furnace fixed. I think it will be great fun to scare the kids with the noise from the furnace that are obviously coming from the basement. They will probably think there is a lunatic locked up in our basement because the oil furnace sounds just like a person moaning in agony. Too funny and too lucky!

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The family HVAC business

I always knew that I was going to go into the heating and air conditioning business. My dad and his brother own one of the largest HVAC companies in our state. They have become very successful over the past three decades. They are constantly opening up new HVAC companies, and they already have 17 different locations. Six of them, are in the state next to us. Ever since I was about five years old, my dad has taught me about the heating and air conditioning business. I worked alongside of him in the HVAC business, cleaning up the shop and stocking the shelves. I learned a lot about the HVAC industry, and the constant demand for new and better technology. That has become a huge interest to me, as I have recently graduated with my bachelor’s degree in engineering. I am ready to join the HVAC business, with a lot of new and interesting ideas. There are many new Heating and Air Conditioning Technologies, and my dad and uncle are not taking advantage of a lot of them. I am excited to share all of the knowledge that I have gained, though I’m sure I will ruffle a few feathers. My dad and his brother have been in the HVAC business for the past 35 years. They know that times are changing, but they are doing everything they can to continue doing it the old-fashioned way. I think that new technology could lead to better advancements in the HVAC industry, and I am hopeful that I can bring some of those ideas to the table.

whole home HVAC 

Our old system does not matter

My wife and I inherited a small Bungalow, that is a few blocks away from the beach. The Bungalow belonged to my wife’s uncle, who recently passed away due to heart disease. The Bungalow is a 2 bedroom and 1 bathroom dwelling, which is located very close to the ocean. My wife and I had not been to the Bungalow in several years, so we were anxious to see what type of shape it would be in. We drove down on Saturday morning, and planned to spend the entire day cleaning up the place. The key slid right into the lock and open the door right up. It was rather musty inside, and I decided to turn on the HVAC system. We had the power turned on already, so that we could stay overnight if we wanted. The entire place was very dusty, and it looked as though it had not been cleaned in sometime. After we stood around looking at the house, we both noticed that the HVAC system still had not engaged. I walked over to the thermostat,  and adjusted the temperature a few degrees. The HVAC system still did not turn on, and I knew that meant there was a problem.  The first thing we did was contact an HVAC representative, and explain all of the problems our HVAC system was experiencing.  The HVAC system was about 15 years old, and our Representatives suggested that it was time to replace the entire unit.  Since my wife and I were going to be staying in the Bungalow sometimes, the two of us decided to upgrade the HVAC system appropriately.

HVAC equipment 

I work hard on the different options

There are many ways to reduce your energy consumption in the fall, while still remaining cozy and comfortable during the season. Here are a few energy saving tips to keep in mind for the winter season. The first tip is that the Sun comes for free. During the day, the sun can help to heat your home by 5 or 7 degrees, simply by opening up the curtains or drapes. Another great energy saving tip, it simply to dress a bit warmer during the fall and winter seasons. Wearing a hooded sweatshirt or sweater around the house, can make the temperature seem much more comfortable. This allows the homeowner to raise the temperature in the house by a few degrees, without sacrificing warmth and comfort. It can also be important to make sure that you are not wasting any of the heat that is provided by your furnace system. I like to heat the rooms in my home that are being used. This means that the vents are closed in the spare bedroom and the office on the days that I happen to work from home, I open up the vent in my office. Another great energy saving tip, is to make sure that your home is well-insulated. Hundreds of dollars are lost every year, because homeowners are not provided with proper insulation. These are just a few energy saving tips that I use myself, but there are many other ways to save energy during the fall and winter seasons. If you are experiencing very high utility bills, you might want to try out some of these energy saving tips.

Grocery pickup

Today, for the first time, I tried out a grocery pickup app. A grocery store near me started advertising their pickup service several months ago, but I delayed for several reasons. Could I really trust someone else to pick out my produce and meat? Would I receive all of my items? Would I still have to go inside to pick up my order? Would my items be bagged properly? After seeing a $10 coupon off of my first order, I decided to go ahead and try the service. With some trepidation, I downloaded the app, then put in my order. Finding and adding everything I wanted to my order took a significant amount of time, but this was not a dealbreaker for me because I got to do this at home, snuggled up in my pjs with my feet in front of a space heater to keep me warm. Another bonus was that I had to prepay for my order, and I could tell exactly how much everything was going to be, helping me to stay under budget! When I picked up my order today, I did have to wait for a little while in my car, probably about ten minutes. I did not mind this because it was a cold, wet day. Instead of freezing outside, I got to stay in my car with my heater keeping me warm. I felt bad for the workers who had to leave the central heating in the building to come load my car, but I guess, in actuality, I had paid for the convenience of having my car loaded while I sat in front of my heater! I will definitely use grocery pickup again, and I will enjoy using my own climate control and heating to do it!

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