The airport blues

I am not a big fan flying. Never have been, never will be I’m still not really sure what it is that I don’t like about it, I am starting to think that it is a wide variety of things. This past week when I went to the airport, it was a disaster! In my past trips to the airport, it is super warm inside. So warm in fact that I would often end up sweating through my shirt and being super self conscious on the plane ride to wherever I was heading. I decided to wear a light tee and some khaki shorts so I wasn’t sweating the whole time I was there. When I walked into the airport however, it felt as if I was up in the rocky mountains it was so chilly! They must have had a recent renovation, because there was an industrial sized air cooling unit on every side of each terminal. I had never really seen anything like it. It kind of looked as if they were decorating the airport with air conditioners. I was so cold, that I bought a cheap sweatshirt inside the airport. When I got onto the plane however, it was even colder than it was in the airport! The thin and cheap sweatshirt that I bought was doing nothing to keep me warm whatsoever. I think that I am just not made to come to airports. Nothing ever goes my way! I think that I need to start driving to my destinations rather than going to the dreaded airport.

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All different kinds of lessons

I have began taking piano lessons. I have been taking them for around eight months now, and I have been loving it. My mother really wanted me to start learning ever since I was a little boy. However it wasn’t until a few months or so until I finally realized that I should give it a shot. I usually practice in the family guestroom. It’s pretty small and uncomfortable in there, but it’s where the piano is located so I just have to make the most of it. For the past week or so, the heating and cooling unit in here has been acting up like crazy. It’s super cold in the winter where we live, so having some decent warm air flow is crucial, especially when you are trying to play the piano. Sometimes when I am playing, my hands will begin to get so cold that I can’t play with the proper speed and agility that I need. I told my parents about the problem with the heated gas furnace, but they said that it is just an old unit and it will “bounce back” sooner or later. Yea right! I decided to do the next realistic option to combat the lack of a proper heating unit. I went out and purchased some leather gloves! Don’t get me wrong, there not the same as having a warm and cozy room, but they do enough to keep my hands warm and flexible. I don’t think that my piano teacher will like it when I tell here that I am playing with gloves on, but I will have to tell here to talk to my parents. It’s not my fault they wont fix the heating unit!.

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Asthma and humidifier

My brother is ten years younger than me, although he suffers from an extreme form of asthma that forces him to use a humidifier in the room. The doctors said this was simply temporary and he will not have to endure this for the rest of his life. My brother and I share the same room. That means that I must hear the constant humming of the humidifier all through the night. While this is a setback, I know it is for the best since my brother sometimes can’t breathe that well. One day while my parents were out shopping, I was watching my brother because he was sick. He slept all day and had the humidifier on. I checked on him periodically. When I entered the room to see if he needed anything, I noticed the water tray of humidifier needed changing. However, I slipped and sent the humidifier into the wall, spilling the water and cracking the tray. I knew that if my parents found out I wouldn’t be trusted with any type of responsibility ever again. So, I discovered several HVAC sites that instructed me how to fix issues like this. All I needed was some tape and to follow their directions to reprogram the controls. First, I grabbed a few towels and soaked up the water that covered the floor. Then I scoured the garage searching for electrical tape to repair the tray. I eventually found some tucked away in a dusty draw. I dried off the trays and placed the tape along the crack. The directions on the HVAC site were fairly easy and I reprogrammed it quickly. My little brother never woke up the whole time and my parents said I did a great job taking care of the house while they were gone.

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Winter heating

The winter is fun for many reasons. For those who live in the north, snow is a treat for its beauty and recreation. For those who prefer milder temperatures, the south provides vacation opportunities without the burden of heavy coats. For me, winter is the season to snuggle on the sofa on cold evenings when the wind is blowing outside. My fireplace is glowing and my pets are satisfied to cozy on their quilts for the duration of whatever movie I’ve chosen to enjoy. But even though I keep a supply of firewood and kindling on hand, my HVAC heating unit is of utmost importance. Prior to the onset of the colder months, I have my HVAC unit serviced with a proper inspection. I don’t want to be caught in an unexpected wintery blast without proper protection for me, my pets, or my water pipes. My furnace not only provides a necessary buffer between me and the winter elements, it keeps my home from damage caused by freezing water, ice build-up, and conditions ripe for mold come Spring time. Also, there’s nothing like coming in from a romp in the snow to feel the warmth of a properly working furnace taking the chill from the surrounding air. My family sleeps better at night when the HVAC system is humming. My husband sleeps better knowing the HVAC service provider has installed money-saving equipment that works efficiently no matter what season of the year. So, whether is it the middle of summer and our home requires the constant attention of our air conditioner or it is the dead of winter and our furnace is called upon to keep us warm and comfortable, we know our HVAC provider has been diligent in meeting our heating and air conditioning needs.

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servicing the HVAC unit regularly

I love working in the yard. Weeding my garden and trimming the hedges are gratifying when the result is a beautifully manicured landscape. I used to spend most of a gorgeous day outside prattling about planting flowers, pruning trees, edging a walkway, or watering seedlings, but recently I moved from a colder climate to a much warmer one. In the south, yard work must take place during the morning hours to avoid severe heat exhaustion. The difference in climate has taken some getting used to, but I find that coming in from doing yard work is the treat after a morning of braving the heat and humidity. On an especially hot day, coming into an air conditioned home is my saving grace. Setting the thermostat to peak at the height of the day provides the perfect environment in which to cool off and rejuvenate for the afternoon’s activities. To add to the efficiency of my ac unit, I keep the filter changed once a month and service my HVAC unit on a regular basis with a reliable ac repair technician. My air conditioning provider is well trusted in the community and has been servicing air conditioners and heating systems for many years. His reputation as a cooling expert is well advertised and his experience with total air conditioning and heating systems is the best in the business. I checked references and all spoke highly of his ability to service total HVAC (heat and air conditioning) troubles as well as install new systems. My HVAC provider is a trusted member of the community and keeps my entire air conditioning and heating unit serviced at a reasonable rate so I can come in from doing yard work to a comfortable interior.

air purifier to help with allergies

My mom has never been to visit my wife and I. My mom lives on the other side of the country, and she can’t travel the distance. My wife and I have begged her to visit for a few weeks or a few months. She always makes excuses or says she has too many doctor appointments. I was very surprised last week, when my mom called with flight information. She needed someone to pick her up from the airport.  She was coming to town for a visit, and wanted to stay with my wife and I. We were very surprised, and started to frantically clean the house. Since my mom is allergic to dogs, we decided to make a plan. My wife and I have two small Chihuahuas. Even though they don’t shed much fur, I was worried about my mom’s allergies. I didn’t want my Mom to be uncomfortable during her first visit. I want her to have fun and come back again. My wife and I purchased an air purifier for the guest room. We purchased a small portable air purifier that can be moved anywhere. The air purifier has a strong air filter that is made to reduce allergens and pet dander. The air purifier should help with my mom’s allergies. I’m going to turn on the air purifier a few days before my mom arrives, so the indoor air quality is crisp and clean. I still have no idea why my mom suddenly decided to visit after so long, but I’m happy to have her here for a while.

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Tear down memories to make room for HVAC factory

Down on Route 42, there is a very old school building. The building has been there for at least a hundred fifty years. I’ve lived here for 40 years, and it has been vacant the whole time. The last time the building was used, was during the first world war. It’s always been an eyesore, but no one in town wanted to tear down the old building. It’s the oldest building in our county, with a great deal of history. One of the former presidents signed a treaty in that very building. When I was driving home from the farmers market last week, I noticed a large metal fence around the property. There were several Building Company signs. A new company bought the space, and decided to tear down the old building. I looked up the company online, and found out they manufacture HVAC parts. The company is based in another state, but they decided to build a factory outside of our town. I hate to see the old building go, but an HVAC part Factory will bring lots of jobs to our area. This week, I started seeing hiring signs on the fences. The HVAC Factory is hiring for 1st and 2nd shift workers. My brother-in-law put his name in for a management position. This HVAC parts factory is going to revive our dying town. When new jobs are created, people move into the area. Every small business in the area will receive an economic boost from the new factory. The high school is year is almost over, and there are a lot of young men and women looking for good jobs.


Furnace breakdown:

Sometimes in life things go wrong, and you need to figure out a way to manage. Like when my car broke down, I had to take the bus for a week. I am not one of those middle-class elitists, but public transportation was very rough on my senses. I am honestly not sure if there is a shortage on soap products or if water had became scarce in my city, but there were some exotically horrible smells I endured. However, as bad as taking the bus was, when my furnace broke down I was in even more trouble. It was late in the winter season – on a particularly frigid evening – I noticed my heater stopped working. We had just experienced a blizzard, and snow was making travel a real issue. This meant that I could not get an HVAC repair service to readily fix my heater. It was surely below zero, and I thought I would not survive. Wrapped up with about every blanket in my house, I relied on a multitude of space heaters to warm my home. It was a week of my life I would rather have remembered for a much better reason. Fortunately I was eventually able to get a service technician over to my home. After he serviced my HVAC system he gave me some great advice on how to keep my HVAC equipment in great shape. Once he got it running, he also told me that signing up for a service maintenance plan and replacing the air filter often can both prevent future breakdowns and save me money in the long-run. That is a huge relief because space heaters simply can’t keep me warm like my furnace can.

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Have to stay on top of your maintenance

I made the biggest mistake ever, and I am going to have to pay for it. For the longest time my wife has been warning me that we need to get our HVAC system maintenance. Well, I just let it go because I felt everything was working fine. I let it go on that way for almost 2 years. Well, that’s when the HVAC system had finally had it and just quit working. I couldn’t get anything to turn on via the thermostat and I realized that I had to make that dreaded call to the HVAC company. I figured the worker they sent out was going to give me a hard time about the HVAC system negligence. Well the technician who came over was very nice and professional. He said it wasn’t good that we went without the essential HVAC system maintenance, but this happens with a lot of people. He said it’s a lot more common than we might think as a lot of new home owners fail to realize the importance of maintaining their equipment regularly. He said this is why he makes the big bucks because of taking care of these types of situations. He said the HVAC system would be fine after he cleaned everything out and provided it a tune up. He also explained to us how we had to change the air filter every single month. He said if we bought the expensive HEPA air filters, we could get away with changing them every 3 months. I honestly liked the sound of that so decided to purchase some quality HEPA air filters. The HVAC repair was a bit costly, but from that moment moving forward, I would stay on stop of the crucial HVAC system maintenance.


Those seemed really nice

We finally reached that dreaded time when our HVAC system totally failed on us. When we called the HVAC company for assistance, the HVAC technician said the HVAC system was definitely done for. The system was actually 16 years old, so it did last a good while and performed an excellent service for us. It was time to see what was available for us. When we were showed all our options, we were absolutely amazed. There have been so many improvements in the heating and cooling industry and it was so futuristic sounding. The smart thermostats alone were absolutely amazing. The idea that you could operate your heating and cooling system from your phone, who would have ever thought they could do something like that back in the day? I thought the geothermal HVAC systems sounded amazing. They are entirely environment friendly as there is no combustion. This means that you couldn’t possibly be in danger of carbon monoxide poisoning or any sort of dangerous fumes. There would be no possibility of explosions from a gas leak or even any sort of coolant leak. The system pulls the natural cooling and heating straight from the earth and pours that into your home for your heating and cooling needs. What could be more environmental friendly than that! While I did really love the idea of having a system like that, that would save us huge on the energy bills and last forever, my wife was leaning towards the radiant heated floors. I had to admit, those seemed really nice. We both agreed that we had to get a smart thermostat though!

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