A new HVAC system to enjoy

I was on our house the other morning and I saw a man with a sign that said ‘need heat’.  This was odd, because both of us always see people resting by the road that says ‘need food’, ‘need money to get home’, ‘car broke down, help, but never ‘need heat’.  I rolled down the window and I asked about her sign. She said that she was modern in the area and she didn’t suppose any Heating as well as Air Conditioning supplier workers.  The house she and her partner had obtained was nice, but the heating had gone out. She called various Heating as well as Air Conditioning companies that were in the cell phone book, but none of them could come right out and fix the furnace for them.  I asked him for her cellphone number, which she blissfully gave to me. I told him our wife was an Heating as well as Air Conditioning worker and I would have him call. When I got home, I gave the cellphone number to our wife. I told him the story, and she almost threw the cellphone number away.  I said it was her choice to call or not. She unquestionably thought the number was bogus, but when she finally called, a harried sounding woman answered the cellphone. She started to cry when she told she was a Heating as well as Air Conditioning worker. She could hear teenagers in the background.  She took our child with him, and told him to stay in the car in case it was some kind of hoax. When wife called him and said to bring in the tools, they were both glad. These were people who easily needed her help, and she didn’t charge them.

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HVAC problems in the cabin

At the very end of our block is an old cabin. It predates all the other houses in the neighborhood, and has in fact been empty for my entire life. No one ever lives there, nor ever has to the recollection of anyone around here. For that reason, plus a few others, the local kids have always thought the place was haunted. I thought it when I was a kid, and heck, I still sort of think it even today! Last Halloween some local kids dared each other to go inside the place, and they claim they heard screaming. It turned out there was just a wounded raccoon trapped in one of the old air vents. It was yelling and screaming into the rickety air ducts, which amplified the sound and changed the pitch. Thanks to the ductwork, a little animal sounded like a screaming woman, no wonder the kids got scared. There was no way I was going in there to mess around with those old air ducts. A few of us neighbors decided to call out an HVAC contractor to solve the problem and keep it from happening again. The HVAC guy told us no dice, he was not going to mess around in there with a wounded animal. After we got animal control to remove the raccoon, the HVAC guy went in there and tore out all the old ductwork. I was actually surprised a place that old had so many air ducts, especially since I didn’t see an air conditioner or a furnace anywhere in there.

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Servicing the heating system

I was on my home the other day and I saw a man with a sign that said ‘need heat’.  This was odd, because we always see people standing by the road that says ‘need food’, ‘need money to get home’, ‘car broke down, help, but never ‘need heat’.  I rolled down the window and I asked about his sign. He said that he was new in the area and he didn’t know any HVAC company technicians. The house he and his wife had bought was nice, but the heating had gone out.  He called several HVAC companies that were in the phone book, but none of them could come right out and fix the furnace for them. I asked him for his phone number, which he gladly gave to me. I told him my husband was an HVAC technician and I would have him call.  When I got home, I gave the phone number to my husband. I told him the story, and he almost threw the phone number away. I said it was his choice to call or not. He really thought the number was bogus, but when he finally called, a harried sounding woman answered the phone.  She started to cry when he told he was a HVAC technician. He could hear kids in the background. He took our son with him, and told him to stay in the car in case it was some kind of hoax. When husband called him and said to bring in the tools, they were both happy. These were people who genuinely needed his help, and he didn’t charge them.

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Third world AC

Recently my coworkers and I completed a mission of mercy to a third world country recovering from a tsunami. It was a lot of work, but it was very much work it. We build cell phone towers, and working together with locals and a few other multinational volunteers we managed to restore phone service to almost half of the country! Admittedly, it is a very small country, and only one in five people own cell phones,but it was still exhausting and important work. The government provided us with some cabins to sleep in, but there were bare bones. There was no plumbing, electricity, or climate control of any kind in them, which was normal for the area. It was us outsiders who were used to luxuries like air conditioning, when most people here struggled just to survive. That really helped us to keep perspective while pining away for our cooling systems back home. One day after our shift we came back to the cabin to find them each outfitted with a brand new, and very tiny, ductless mini split air conditioner. They were virtually silent, and so efficient at cooling the cabin down it didn’t need to run more than few minutes at a time. We called our bosses back home to thank them for the gift of climate control, but they didn’t know what we meant. It turns out the local government officials had splurged for the AC units for our cabins, as a show of thanks of goodwill for all the labor we had been putting in for their people.

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Meeting the in laws

When you’re meeting your in-laws for the first time, on a nice summer night at an expensive restaurant, one of the factors you can’t control is the temperature. If you’re sitting on the patio, you can asked to be moved into the dining room, but there’s not much you can do when the waitress, wiping her forehead, apologizes and reports the air conditioner is out. Look up; the ceiling fans are getting a workout like a jogger on the highest speed of a treadmill, and you barely feel your relief. Your fiance perspires; her parents are perspiring, too. It feels like the heater is on – in this case, that orange, glowing furnace in the sky, pumping heat in rays; the thermostat next to your table reads 85 degrees! The waitress complains that the heater failed three times last winter, but you’re perspiring so much that you wish that the heater, obviously an innocent party to this, would die a horrible death, and be replaced by additional air conditioner units. “Seven other waitresses called in sick today because of this,” she offers, uselessly. A sign in the window saying “no air conditioning” today might’ve helped. But, when you’re eager to please the future in-laws, you’ve got to stay cool under pressure. “Go out and buy more air conditioners!” you’re tempted to command. Instead, all they can do is offer you a $10 gift certificate, as you discover, to your relief, that your father-in-law is laughing about this ordeal. Your fiance is happy everyone is getting along, and you’re invited back to their cool, perfectly climate-controlled home for drinks afterward.

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Installing an air conditioner

When you’re installing an air conditioner, you really should call a professional, unless it’s a window mount and all you really need to do is hoist it through the window. Even then, though, you really should have a second person helping you. After all, lifting an air conditioner can be hard on the back, and amusing things can result. The air conditioner I bought was a small one, billed to be perfect for a college dormitory or one-bedroom apartment (so many smaller dwellings lack sophisticated HVAC systems). I opened our bedroom window and hoisted the air conditioner up – only to watch it wobble and fall over into the bushes! The back side was slightly scratched. So, I went outside to retrieve it, on a humid summer afternoon. I got it back up; the window tired to karate chop it a couple of times as I got it into position. I struggled, and sweated, but finally I could feel the air conditioner was in a stable position. I wiped the sweat from my forehead. My neighbor watched, from his window, and what looked to me like his perfectly climate-controlled living room. Not a trace of stress could be found on his face; instead, he was smiling. In those few moments, I thought of all of the friends I know who work in the heating and cooling industry, who might’ve provided a little free technical help. But, no, my pride told me I needed to install the air conditioner by myself. What took me 20 minutes and the risk of heat exhaustion might’ve only taken five minutes had I asked my wife to help.

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An average cost

Once a year my boss plus his family take a getaway.  They are gone for a full month plus it is actually peaceful.  He isn’t there, breathing down our necks, plus barking orders at us.  If the task didn’t spend money & it does I would have moved on years ago.  Anyway, as his secretary, I am put in charge of finding accommodations for him plus his family.  They prefer to rent chalets or cabins, usually on a lakeshore, plus they consistently want to try somewhere new, however depending upon how popular the section they are going to see is, it can be hard to find the perfect locale on short notice.  This year, after searching online for two nights, I finally found what I felt fit the bill. It had a private dock, multiple entryways, screened in porch plus was close to the wine trails. There was something for almost everyone. They were traveling in late September plus the weather can be anything from summer season like to freezing.  When you live anywhere in the Northeast you just come to expect that. I didn’t see a problem because the locale they rented had both heat plus a/c. The problem came on the third day of the getaway. I got a call from my boss plus he was clearly upset. He said that the apartment was freezing plus the heat was not now working. I tried to provide him the name plus number of the property employer although he said that it was my task to call plus get it fixed.  I said that I would call when I got a moment, provided him the information anyway plus hung up the cellphone. There was no way that I was going to call.

Leaving things uncheckedFor a long time, I have been freaking out about my energy bills rising. Honestly, it seems that every single month, the bill increases. I recently got around to talking to a friend of mine about it. He asked me if I had regular HVAC maintenance. Well, I let him know that I definitely changed the air filters regularly. He asked me if I didn’t have official HVAC system maintenance, then how would I know if my HVAC system was in good shape? That was a good question because I really didn’t know anything about what was going on with the HVAC system. So I decided to call an actual HVAC company to check my system. I couldn’t believe all the stuff that was going wrong with my system. The inner workings of the equipment was filthy and causing complications. There were a bunch of parts that needed to be replaced including the blower motor. Also they discovered a coolant leak and took care of that. When everything was taken care of, I let my friend know that my HVAC system was working almost like it was brand new. Of course, I had to let him know that the cost to fix everything was rather extravagant. He said that I wouldn’t have to worry about pricey fixes like that if I just get my HVAC maintained regularly. He was explaining that minor problems will eventually lead into bigger more expensive problems if left unchecked. That was pretty much the case with my system since they had to switch out so many overworn parts.

For a long time, I have been freaking out about my energy bills rising. Honestly, it seems that every single month, the bill increases. I recently got around to talking to a friend of mine about it. He asked me if I had regular HVAC maintenance. Well, I let him know that I definitely changed the air filters regularly. He asked me if I didn’t have official HVAC system maintenance, then how would I know if my HVAC system was in good shape? That was a good question because I really didn’t know anything about what was going on with the HVAC system. So I decided to call an actual HVAC company to check my system. I couldn’t believe all the stuff that was going wrong with my system. The inner workings of the equipment was filthy and causing complications. There were a bunch of parts that needed to be replaced including the blower motor. Also they discovered a coolant leak and took care of that. When everything was taken care of, I let my friend know that my HVAC system was working almost like it was brand new. Of course, I had to let him know that the cost to fix everything was rather extravagant. He said that I wouldn’t have to worry about pricey fixes like that if I just get my HVAC maintained regularly. He was explaining that minor problems will eventually lead into bigger more expensive problems if left unchecked. That was pretty much the case with my system since they had to switch out so many overworn parts.

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I just don’t know what to do

Once a year my boss and his family take a getaway.  They are gone for a full month and it is actually peaceful.  He isn’t there, breathing down our necks, and barking orders at us.  If the work didn’t spend my money and it does I would have moved on years ago.  Anyway, as his secretary, I am put in charge of finding accommodations for him and his family.  They like to rent cottages or cottages, usually on a lakeshore, and they always want to try anywhere new… Depending upon how popular the section they are going to see is, it can be hard to find the perfect place on short notice.  This year, after searching online for many days, I finally found what I felt fit the bill. It had a private dock, several bedrooms, screened in porch and was close to the wine trails. There was something for everyone. They were traveling in late September and the weather can be anything from summer like to cold.  When you live anywhere in the Northeast you just come to expect that. I didn’t see a problem because the place they rented had both heat and a/c. The problem came on the third afternoon of the getaway. I got a call from my boss and he was clearly upset. He said that the cottage was cold and the heat was not finally working. I tried to supply him the name and number of the property director although he said that it was my work to call and get it fixed.  I said that I would call when I got a moment, gave him the information anyway and hung up the cellphone. There was no way that I was going to call.

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Enjoying these traditions

When my wife and I got married, she had some family traditions that she wanted me to be involved in. Every single year during the holiday season, she would go visit with her family and relatives up north. Being from the South, I wasn’t used to the bitter cold winters and all the snow, but I learned to love it! We would go hang out with all the family and enjoy the snowy weather. We would go to the ski resort and ski down the slopes too. When we were visiting with my wife’s parents, they always had the fireplace going and it was rather marvelous. I remember asking my father in law about the HVAC equipment. He explained that they have radiant heated floors in their house. That explained why my feet always felt so toasty and I never fully understood how the heating system was so pleasant until that time. The fireplace created a lovely ambience to the household and everybody had a wonderful time. We enjoyed holiday feasts together and after being out in the snow, my mother in law would have hot cocoa for everybody! It was some old family recipe that was passed down and honestly, it was the best hot cocoa I’ve ever tasted in my life! When we would go back home back in the South, it was back to the warm weather again. It was strange as often times, we would go from the snowy weather conditions to having to use the A/C again! It was something that really took some getting used to, but I really enjoy the family traditions in my wife’s family.

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