I really don’t like the cold

I can’t tell you how much I don’t like the cold.  The winter was never my friend. It seemed every time it snowed or iced over I seemed to get hurt in one way or another.  When I was younger, I would love sitting inside next to the heater reading, keeping warm. I remember one Winter we had a really bad snow storm.  If I remember correctly there were almost 2 feet of snow! Of course, I grabbed my sled and out the door, I went once the storm was over. Needless to say, I ended up breaking my arm and having to wear a partial cast until I could see the doctor to put on my real cast the next day.  But to make it worse, that night was one of the worst! The heater stopped running, in the dead of winter. The house got cold quickly as my uncle tried to fix the heating system and get the heater repaired that night. However, he wasn’t a heater repairman. So, there was nothing else he could do.  He ended up calling in a heater repair technician from a local HVAC business. However, they couldn’t come out until the next day! We all snuggled under mountains of electrically heated blankets, heating pads, and each other to stay warm that night. Luckily the heater repair technician came early that morning.  After he spent some time looking at the unit he spoke with my Uncle. He said the heater is very old and that he may want to update his heating system. The HVAC technician got our heat running again, and it felt wonderful as warmth filled the house. After the snow had melted, my uncle was a man of his word and updated his heating system with a brand new heater installation.

Waiting for the next day

When my sister bought her first house, it was an old barn house that was built into the side of the mountain.  It was situated on 10 acres of land, 4 that were clear and the rest were covered with woods. So, you can imagine the shape of the home when they purchased it.  It was supposed to be a “work in progress” home. It was winter when we moved in and snow covered the ground. My brother-in-law went to turn on the furnace to get the heat going in the house and, of course, it wouldn’t work.  He tried and tinkered for hours but couldn’t get the furnace to work. We then understood that a heater repairman would have to be called out to find a solution to the problem. When the heater repair man came out, (the next day), it took only 30 minutes for him to decide the furnace would need to be replaced.  Of course, all my sister saw was dollar signs in front of her. But, it needed to be done. We were in the middle of winter and a big storm was on its way. The next day the HVAC technician came out to do the heater repair. It took him most of the day. But because it was an older house, some items on the furnace needed to be modified or changed to fit the space.  Once the heater installation was over, he turned it on and we felt the warm air coming through and it felt great. it felt good to be able to shed the layers and finally be comfortable in our new house and new furnace.

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We’re a bit grumpy

When I got up the other day, I was trying to get ready for work. I had the coffee brewing and then noticed that my house was absolutely sizzling. I checked the thermostat and came to find that it was way too overheated inside. It was about 85 degrees! I was terribly disappointed and called up the HVAC company. They said they could make it there later in the day. That actually worked out fine for me because I would be able to go to work and make it back before the HVAC technician arrived to my house. When I finally made it home from work, I seen that the HVAC van already pulled up in my driveway. I actually got a call on my cell phone and it was the HVAC technician. I came to meet the guy and told him he was early. He said he just finished up early at his last appointment and figured he would come straight over, but he didn’t realize that I wouldn’t be home yet. So I let the man in to take care of my cooling system. He got to work and took care of everything. He even cleaned the inner workings of the equipment out really well. He also installed a fresh HEPA air filter which I thanked him for. After everything was working, I was pleasantly pleased. I was really grumpy earlier in the day when it was sizzling in my house, but now my house cooled down in no time. I especially loved that HEPA air filter and thought I should get those types of filters from now on.

Cold Church

They were really having some issues at our church this morning with our heating and air conditioning system. I don’t know what happened, but from the time I stepped in the doors this morning, I was freezing! The weather outside has been cooling off over the past few days, and the temperature outside today was really cold. I don’t know if the maintenance guys at the church building ever adjusted the zone control heating and air conditioning system at the church or not. Not only was it cold in the auditorium, but my kids said that it was freezing in the kids’ Sunday School class as well. My oldest daughter said that the air coming through the air vents in her Sunday School classroom felt like it was actually air from the air conditioning instead of from the furnace like it should have been! She said that all of the kids wanted to wear their big winter coats during class today, which usually doesn’t happen. I know that the janitor and the maintenance guys at church were working on the heating system all during the church service, but I don’t think that they ever got the HVAC system squared away. By the time the service was over an hour and a half later, the interior of the building still felt just like the air conditioning was running. Normally, I’m hot natured and I don’t mind when it’s cold inside a building, but today it was just a little bit too cold for my liking! I hope they fix the furnace for next week!

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I should have stayed in bed

The other day when I woke up to my alarm, I honestly just wanted to sleep longer. Of course I had to get ready for work so I hopped out of bed. I went to take my shower and then ate a quick breakfast with a nice cup of hot coffee. I made my way to work and when I got there I was terribly disappointed. Honestly, I should have stayed in bed. I came to find that the place was incredibly overheated. I learned quickly that the furnace was on the fritz. I don’t know what was going on but they couldn’t get the furnace to quit cranking out the heat. They had an HVAC technician on the way, but who knew for certain when he would actually show up and how fast he could fix the furnace complication. The reading on the thermostat was a whopping 85 degrees, which was terrible! There was no way I could work in those conditions so I told my boss that I had to be on my way. In this particular situation, he was upset but at the same time he could understand anybody not wanting to work in such terrible heat. Even with the windows opened, there was no cooling down that office. Not to mention it was too hot outside anyway so opening the windows didn’t help very much, but it was better than keeping them shut with all that intense heat pumping out from the HVAC vents. I was happy when I got right back in my car, cranked up the cooling system and made my way back home.

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My word is bond

When we called the HVAC company to provide a tune-up to our equipment, I actually learned a few things from the HVAC technician. He could easily tell that our HVAC equipment hadn’t been serviced for quite some time. I explained that I just kept up with the air filter replacements and thought the equipment didn’t need a whole lot more than that. He was saying that regular HVAC service was extremely important. He talked about the tune-ups and the parts that had to be changed every so often. He was saying that it was excellent that I was keeping up with the regular air filter changes, but there was so much more than just that to keep the system running efficiently. He also let me know that by having regular HVAC system maintenance, it would easily keep the energy bills much lower. That definitely sounded good to me so I was definitely listening to everything the man had to tell me. I appreciated all the energy saving tips I could get to be honest. So after this HVAC system tune-up, I knew that I would be contacting the HVAC company a lot more in the future. I believed the guy because it made sense that if I kept the HVAC running at optimal efficiency, I was sure to see a great deal of energy savings. He let me know to get my ductwork cleaned out soon as well which I agreed to do. My word is my bond so I scheduled an official cleaning of the ductwork the following week.

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Bumps in the road

My wife and I were actually fighting a lot when we purchased our first home. The biggest problem was that I didn’t have the HVAC system inspected. She couldn’t understand how I wouldn’t have the HVAC system checked out when we were buying such an expensive home. Basically we got ripped off with the HVAC system, but at least the rest of the house was nice. I couldn’t find any other issues other than the heating and cooling system being absolutely ancient. We fought a lot, but at least I was able to cool down and let her know the bright side of the situation. I was saying that we at least had the opportunity to pick out a new HVAC system that we both loved. This made her perk up a little and she said we should go right away to choose a new HVAC system. When we were at the HVAC dealer, she seemed to prefer the radiant heated floors. I wasn’t quite sure if that was the best choice, but honestly, I was so sick of arguing with my wife. If we were going to enjoy our new place together separate from getting a divorce, I knew that we had to go with what she desired at that moment. So I agreed with her that radiant heated floors would be the best thing to get. I came to find after the installation that I was really pleased with those radiant heated floors. They were incredibly energy efficient and we had seriously low bills with our HVAC system. She was happy, and honestly, so was I. We were able to get over the bumps in the road from purchasing a new house together, and I knew that in the future I would be more wise about the steps of purchasing a property.

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Keeping up with things

There was definitely a time when we were suffering from poor air quality in our home. We actually had an air purifier, but it wasn’t really anything special. I was asking a good buddy of mine about what he did to keep his air quality so great. He was telling me that I had to go for a nice uv air purification system. He also said that he used HEPA air filters which were really good at keeping the air quality nice. I thought about this and decided that my family and I deserved HEPA air filters and the best uv air purification system that money could buy! So I called an HVAC company with excellent reviews and they sent an HVAC professional to the house. He was there with a nice uv air purification system and some HEPA air filters. He also had a nice humidifier which he said would also help improve the air quality. I wanted to do everything I could to improve the air quality so I let him install everything that he brought. I was so amazed by the improvement in the air quality and we haven’t had poor air quality ever since we had these incredible components installed into our home. Even though the HEPA air filters are a tad bit expensive, I honestly feel it’s worth it for the health of my family. I honestly can’t remember a time when I felt so healthy. Even when I go for my doctor checkups, my doctor has noticed a vast improvement in my overall health. He told me that whatever I’m doing, to keep it up.

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My terrible memory

I swear it’s always the same thing when I decide to get my HVAC system maintenance. The HVAC technician always comes over, checks things out and lets me know that I forgot to change my air filter. I don’t know what it is about these air filters, but I have a terrible habit of forgetting to change them! At least I call for my HVAC system maintenance at least once per year, sometimes even twice, but most of the time I forget to change those air filters! So the air filters usually end up being incredibly clogged up or dirty. I’m sure it causes my utility bills to go up dramatically, but fortunately, I haven’t experienced any serious HVAC system malfunctions or failures. I don’t know why I keep doing that, but it seems like I keep dodging bullets. Honestly, it’s probably because I always get my HVAC tune-ups done regularly. This has to be the reason why my system has not failed on me. I don’t understand why for the life of me, I can’t remember to do something so easy as to switch out an air filter. It would probably help if I had a girlfriend to remind me but I’ve been all alone for quite some time. Even if my mother called me to remind me to change the air filter, that would be nice. I remember the last time I had my HVAC tune-up, the technician said that was the same air filter he installed the previous tune-up six months prior. I really need to do something about this problem!

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Cleaned and sealed

Not so long ago when we decided to get our ductwork cleaned, we then discovered that our ductwork also needed to be sealed. There weren’t any rips or holes or anything horrible like that, but there were small leaks since the ductwork needed to be sealed. So we decided to have that taken care of at the sametime the ductwork was cleaned. The whole expense was a little bit costly, but in the end it was something that just needed to be done. Now that our ductwork is totally clean and sealed on top of that, it doesn’t lose any treated air. Because of this, our energy bills have gone done tremendously and I’m really thankful that we thought to do these things. If we didn’t have this service performed, we would still be paying an arm and a leg everytime we paid our energy bill. I knew there was something up with the rising costs of the energy bills, but for a long while, I just couldn’t figure it out. It was actually my wife who told me we should consider cleaning the ductwork because she noticed there was more dust in the air. So not only are we saving a good amount with the energy bills, but we also are experiencing phenomenal air quality! I honestly can’t remember the last time the air quality was so nice. It’s great to be able to breathe good in your home and feel so comfortable! If I ever hear anyone talking about rising energy bills or poor air quality, I will have to ask them if they had their ductwork cleaned and sealed!

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