I finally solved the issues

I am very happy with my current job.  I work reasonable hours, get paid really well, and have a fantastic benefits package.  I like my coworkers, and am lucky enough to have my own office with a fantastic view, comfortable chair, and even a private bathroom.  My only complaint is the temperature of the building.  Although there is a thermostat located in my office, I do not have the ability to make any changes to the settings.  The temperature in the building is monitored and adjusted from a remote location.  No one within the building has access to the heating or cooling settings.   The building is typically far too cold, especially during the summer months.  Although the outside temperature is hot and humid, I spend the day bundled up in heavy sweaters, shivering and uncomfortable.  I wish that I could open my windows and let in some fresh, warm air.  On my lunch hour, I often go for walks outside to warm up.  It feels wonderful to be out in the heat and soak up a bit of sunshine.  However, I hate stepping back inside the freezing cold building with the air conditioner blasting at maximum capacity.  I’ve tried moving my desk to different locations within my office, trying to escape the air from the overhead HVAC vents.  It doesn’t matter where I set my chair, there is no escape.  I look forward to the fall season, because I usually enjoy a day or two before the building’s heating system kicks on.  At that point, I switch from shivering to sweating.  In the middle of January, when it’s snowing outside, I strip down to shorts and a tank at work.  

Cleaning my fan blades

I recently had a huge problem with excess humidity in my house.  Every room felt horribly damp and sticky.  It was nearly impossible to sleep at night, and the air conditioner seemed to be running all of the time.  I kept lowering the thermostat by a few degrees, and even though it was freezing cold, I couldn’t get rid of the moisture.  My electric bills were ungodly high and I worried that I was wearing the cooling system out.  I noticed condensation running down the windows and mold growing on the sills.  Nearly every week, I needed to wash down the bathroom with bleach to prevent mildew.  I tried a portable dehumidifier, but it couldn’t keep up with demand and I was constantly dumping out water.  I finally consulted with a local HVAC contractor about installing a whole-home dehumidifier.  I imagined that it would cost me a fortune, and that the dehumidifier would make a lot of noise and require  a great deal of maintenance.  I was pleasantly surprised that the dehumidifier was quite reasonable, and installed into the air handler of the existing HVAC system.  I don’t see the dehumidifier or hear it operate, and I rarely provide any maintenance.  It allows me to customize the moisture levels in the house, and maintains relative humidity within the ideal range.  I no longer need to worry about mold or mildew growth, and I have been able to raise the setting on the thermostat.  The savings in my monthly electric bill have definitely recovered the cost of the dehumidifier. By reducing the workload of the air conditioner, I am hoping it will last longer.  

whole home HVAC 

My day was a fun time

I always wanted to have a hot tub in my house, so when the opportunity arose we had one installed out in our sunroom. We made sure to install flooring that was waterproof even put in a separate shower for people to rinse off before and after using the tub. This was truly a great way to relax at the end of a long day or just to spend time with my girlfriends drinking wine and laughing 4 hours. About a year after it was installed I began to notice some issues with my curtains and with the paint on the walls. It appeared that the constant humidity from the hot tub and the steam was causing an issue and mold was starting to grow in spots. We did have fans in the room to circulate the air but that wasn’t enough to deter the problem so I contacted the HVAC dealer to see about putting in some sort of air conditioning or dehumidifier in that space. During the summer time we would simply leave the windows open and that gave us enough ventilation but as we use the hot tub mainly in the winter time there was no way to do that. The dealer stop by and showed us various options that were available with the one that made the most sense was just to install a ductless system with a dehumidifier. It would be completely separate from our other HVAC system and only take care of that room which was fine with us. Now I can enjoy my hot tub as much as I want without worrying that it’s causing damage to the room itself.

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This place is gorgeous

I bought my first house all by myself and I was very proud of being able to afford it. I was only in my early twenties at the time and most of my friends could barely afford rent let alone a mortgage payment but I had worked very hard all the way through high school to put money in savings and it had paid off. Now, some 15 years later, I am getting ready to sell that same house and I need to make sure that everything is ready before I put it on the market. I had all the major stuff checked like, the roof, windows, foundation, things like that, but when it came to my HVAC system I ran into a problem. I never really put much thought into my heating and air conditioning unit and had failed to have annual inspections done for the past several years.  I guess my life was busy and I felt that as long as when I turned it on it worked, there wasn’t a problem. I called my local HVAC company to have them send out a technician to look it over assuming that everything would come up just fine. After a thorough inspection he came up to me with some very bad news and I knew it was going to cost me a lot of money. The system was only working at about 60% efficiency and needed some serious attention as well as the ductwork needed to be cleaned out. Even with everything that they were able to do it would only improve its in efficiency by about 15 to 20% and I would have to disclose that on my sellers agreement. Armed with this information I talked to my realtor and decided whether I should sell the house at  the lower price to compensate for the HVAC system or replace it. Either way it will cost me money.

Reasoning my way through the problems

I have never been much of a logician and I realize that this is probably my main shortcoming. In the spur of the moment, my decision making skills are just not there. If I am given time to solve a problem though, I can usually come up with as good a solution as anybody. It just takes time and that is not always something one has. In any case, I have noticed a few things that seem to smooth out my clumsy reasoning. For one, if I get a good night’s sleep, it’s usually easier for me to deal with life and the things it throws at me. I feel like that is true for most people though. Another helpful thing is air conditioning. Whether I am at home or out and about, making sense of things is always easier with climate control. When it gets super hot and humid, my whole being just shuts down. I recall the HVAC system at my parents’ house when I was growing up, was not the best. The air conditioner would regularly stop working and then I would have to just sit and sweat. Maybe the lack of climate control then, caused my impaired reasoning. Whatever the cause, I know that when a good A/C unit is running, all the gears in my brain are turning. So, I try to spend my days in places with HVAC systems. Malls and restaurants are great and usually have some really fantastic air conditioning. Luckily I work in I.T. so I do not have to worry about having my brain impaired by poor air quality on the job.

furnace tune-up 

What a great HVAC unit

I grew up in the most harsh of harsh climate zones. I will spare you the details as to what the name and latitude/longitude coordinates of my hometown were, but I must say that there is no colder, more intensely windy place in the known universe. Everyday starts out so cold that no human is able to go outside without sporting a full body-suit, full face-mask, and goggles. Even then, the wind cuts through and you are reduced to a shivering mess within minutes. This is also the only place in the known universe where there are real dragons still living, though I will spare you those details as well. I no longer live there these days. When my air conditioner hums sweetly on hot summer days, I always think back to that awful place. Furnaces were all I knew growing up. It wasn’t until I was fifteen years of age, that I first heard mention of climate control systems that actually are intended to cool the air. As far as I was concerned, “HVAC system” meant the exact same thing as “heater”. As it turns out though, some places require A/C! Thank the heavens! I couldn’t believe that there were actually places where you didn’t need a heater or fireplace to be cooking away at all times. The elders of our community thought that this climate control knowledge should be kept secret until a person was no longer a child. When phrase “air conditioner” was whispered to me on my fifteenth birthday, I knew immediately that this climate control implement and the need thereof was to be a part of my life ASAP.

air conditioner service 

I am very satisfied

So I am really having major issues at work and I’m thinking about quitting my job. I became an HVAC technician a few years ago and got my first job as an apprentice. I mostly fix and install gas furnaces for customers and sometimes work on forced air HVAC systems. I was really excited when I graduated from my program to be an HVAC technician, but now I’m not so sure about that. The problem is that my boss is really terrible to me. He makes me work long hours without any overtime pay. He also gives me the worst and hardest tasks during our furnace installations. I never get to do the fun stuff and I’m not allowed to talk to the customers. I rarely get a break during the day and only 30 minutes for lunch. Meanwhile, my boss is on the phone the whole day and sometimes I catch him playing games on his phone while I work. He takes one hour lunches every day and often leaves early to pick up his kids from school. I can’t say anything or ask for a longer lunch because he’ll yell at me and threaten to fire me. This is not what I had in mind for my first job. I know I am low on the HVAC totem poll but this is borderline slavery. I would like to eventually start my own heating system repair business but I desperately need more experience first. I know it’s better to just stick it out for another year so I can continue to learn, but I am miserable. I don’t know what to do.

air and heat 

I’m having a hard time here

I bought a house last year out in a rural area about 30 minutes from work. It was a foreclosure, but it was in pretty good condition. I had to fix some of the plumbing and repair a few kitchen tiles but overall I got a great deal on the place and was very excited to live there. One thing that the house didn’t have was a central heating and air conditioning system. I didn’t think much of it because most of the year, the weather is fairly temperate and I don’t even need to use the air conditioner or heater. In the summer time, I decided it would be best to just use a simple window air conditioning unit. In the winter, I just use a small electric space heater. However, I just found out that my company wants to transfer me out of the country for at least two years so now I have to sell my house. It’s such a pain to sell this house. I have had a lot of interest in the house so far, but as soon as people find out that it doesn’t have a central heating and air conditioning unit already installed they change their minds. Even if I offer to drop the price a few thousand dollars, they still don’t want to buy the house without an air conditioning unit. I don’t understand why it’s such a big deal. They can easily have a new HVAC system of their choosing installed after they move in. I don’t want to buy an HVAC unit for this house in order to sell it. I would definitely lose more money. Hopefully, someone will make an offer soon. I have to move in three months.


Our climate control is really interesting

I am a college student, so needless to say I am pretty poor. I go to school in a snowy cold place. Unfortunately my apartment came with an electric heater. I had no idea how expensive it was to run a heater on electricity until I got my first energy bill. It was over $250! I freaked out. I could barely afford food so how was I supposed to pay for that!? I had to put it on a credit card for now. But there were at least three months of winter left and I needed a way to stay warm. After thinking about it for a while, I realized that I may as well get my money’s worth out of my tuition. I packed up a bag and retreated to the warmth of the University library. Their furnace is always blasting, day and night. And it’s open 24 hours. While I don’t plan on sleeping there, if I spend the majority of my day there, it’s sure to cut down on my heating bills this month. Plus, it already has everything I could possibly need. There’s internet, chairs, sofas, and of course, lots of books. There’s even a small coffee shop that serves really cheap coffee and sandwiches. The heater in the library is the perfect solution. I wouldn’t be surprised if half the people in the library right now were here purely to take advantage of the library heating system. When I graduate and get a house of my own, there’s no way my heater is going to run on electricity.

central HVAC 

This is turning into a disaster

I usually take it easy and stay home on the fourth of July. This is because I have three dogs and a cat and they are terrified of fireworks. The kids in my neighborhood just love to light the super loud fireworks all day long and my poor pets are often traumatized by it. This year, I made sure they were comfortable and had their favorite snacks to make them feel a bit better. However, I woke up in the morning to a broken air conditioning system. It was a crazy hot day and temperatures were rising quickly. I could tell my dogs were already miserable from the loud fireworks and now they were sweating and panting without the central air conditioning too. I called an HVAC technician only to learn that their prices were nearly triple due to the holiday. I called a few more local HVAC companies but of course they were all closed due to the holiday and said I would have to wait a few days. I didn’t know what to do. I knew it was going to be a long day without an air conditioning system. After much consideration, I had an idea. I packed a bag, ushered the dogs and cat into my car and drove north to my parent’s house. It was a two hour drive, but I was desperate to be cool again and so were my pets! When I arrived, my dogs ran straight into their house and curled up next to their air conditioning vents. It’s like they knew the plan all along.