Spreading the news

The other day, I ran into my neighbor. He flagged me to come over to the fence and started talking to me about the HVAC workers always coming to my house. He asked me if it was really necessary to call for HVAC maintenance as often as I did. I felt it was really none of his business but I explained to him that we are enrolled in an HVAC system maintenance plan. Basically we have HVAC workers drop by our house once every single month. They clean the HVAC unit thoroughly, change the air filters, and make sure that all the parts are in ideal condition. Sometimes, they have to change out parts for ideal system efficiency and I appreciate the work they do. The thing I love most about the HVAC system maintenance plan is that I only pay a flat rate yearly which is very reasonable considering how much work I get done regularly. I love having the peace of mind knowing that my HVAC system cannot possibly fail because it’s tuned up regularly and the air filters are always up to date. When I explained all of this to the neighbor, he looked at me in surprise but he seemed genuinely fascinated. He then asked me if I could provide him the contact information for the HVAC company so that perhaps he can enroll in a similar HVAC system maintenance plan. It wasn’t long when I started seeing the HVAC company going to my neighbor’s house. They also provided me with a pack of complimentary air filters because I referred my neighbor to them.

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She really gets me

I have been on so many dates, it drives me nuts to a certain degree. Not that I don’t have a good time most of the time, but a lot of these girls seem to just want to take advantage of my living situation. I’m not the richest man in the world, but I do make pretty good money. I’m actually a proud HVAC technician, but I have been looking for love I suppose in all the wrong places. I couldn’t believe this one girl, when she found out what I did for a living, she wanted me to repair her HVAC system at no charge! Can you believe that? I do work for a living, I am not a charity. I do donate to charity however. For the longest time I felt like I just had bad luck and maybe I would never find the right woman for me. Well, I felt that way until I met a new HVAC worker in our company. She was new to the heating and cooling industry and she was paired with me so I could teach her how to become a skilled HVAC worker. She didn’t need much help and she picked up on everything right away. I could tell that she knew her stuff and was impressed with how she became certified so easily. She would ask questions if she needed help and she was really nice to be around. I decided to ask her out and things went rather well between the two of us. Not even two years later, we are now married! It seemed like when I quit looking for the right one for me, she somehow found me! It was some kind of fate for the two of us and I love talking about work with her, she really gets me and my sense of humor!

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Bad Banquet

Have you ever stayed in a hotel where the indoor air quality was poor? I have! Last fall, I went to this convention with about a hundred other women from my workplace. It was supposed to be a fun, team-building getaway. You know the type – fun lunches, karaoke, awards shows, prizes for participation, that sort of thing. I thought it was going to be a really good time and it probably would have been – if only the manager of the hotel and convention center knew what he was doing when it came to setting the temperature controls in the banquet and convention areas. The poor guy had no clue what in the world he was doing, obviously. He had the convention area heated up so hot that I thought I was going to melt. And with the heating system running overboard all the time, everyone got really sleepy and no one was paying any attention to any of the speakers on the stage. It was terrible. Then, to make matters even worse, the banquet area was freezing! It was like the facility manager was trying to make up for the excess heating in the auditorium by running the air conditioning non-stop in the banquet hall! We went from heating to freezing, heating to freezing, all day long for three days! It was simply a terrible experience that could have been made so much better with a simple change of the thermostat. I think that the banquet and convention facility would do well to install a programmable thermostat for the entire building – and they should never let the manager touch it!

Tommy the HVAC Mechanic

You just never know what some people are going to end up doing for a living. For instance, my cousin Tommy always said that he was going to be a mechanic and he even went to school for it. He has loved working on cars and motorcycles from the time that we were kids and so everyone naturally assumed that he would get a job working at a garage or even starting up his own garage somewhere. So we were all really surprised when Tommy told us that he just started going to school for learning to do HVAC work! He said that he had done some research and found out that the job market for heating and air conditioning professionals and HVAC techs is really good. He says that he really wants to have marketable skills in today’s job market, and he knows that learning about all types of furnaces and ventilation systems will really help him to compete with other HVAC professionals. I had no idea that he was even interested in that type of work, but he seems to be pretty set on becoming the next Air Conditioning and Heating mechanic, if that’s really a thing! I guess the two professions are somewhat related. Anyway, he could always merge his two loves: heating and cooling and cars. He could specialize in working on car thermostats and heating and cooling systems. I bet that there’s a market for that out there somewhere! Whatever he ends up doing, I know Tommy will be good at it. He’s always had a really good work ethic and I hope this HVAC thing will work out for him.

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Not easy to fly

My Dad went to into the air force, after he graduated from the military academy. While he was in the air force, he learned how to pilot many different types of planes. He flew helicopters, bomber jets, and even commercial planes.  Flying became his passion, and he started to buy old beat up planes. He learned how to restore the propellers and the landing gear. When I was a kid, my Dad would take me flying in an old biplane. I loved working on the planes and learning about the interesting tools. I knew every gauge and knob, and I could fly alone before I was driving a car. I used to love soaring those clouds at top speeds. The only bad part about flying an old plane, was having to deal with the climate conditions. Back when they built those old planes, they didn’t have climate control systems to regulate the air temperature. When the temperatures were hot, the plane was sweltering. When the outdoor temperatures were very cold, we didn’t take the plane outside. It wasn’t very easy to fly under those conditions. Nowadays, all planes and aircraft are equipped with some type of climate control system. It could be a simple ventilation system, but all aircraft are required to have climate control. Large jets and commercial airlines have sophisticated HVAC systems. They are made to withstand enormous wear and tear. They have to be well maintained, because the climate conditions outside of the plane are unbearable. If the HVAC system broke down during the flight, things would get particular uncomfortable.

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Window air conditioner in my bedroom as a kid was horrible

When I was a kid I got stuck housing the home air conditioner system. My parents had one huge window air conditioner. The air conditioner was used to cool the entire house. The house was not very big and the AC unit was quite powerful. Unfortunately my bedroom was centrally located in the house. My room window was perfect for the AC unit too. This meant that all Summer I got stuck with the AC unit in my room. I could never shut my door or the home would be cut off from the cooling. If I wanted to change, I had to do it in the bathroom. If I even thought of shutting the door, my father would scream across the house for me to open the door. I also was freezing all of the time in my room. The AC unit had to be set quite low in order to cool the whole house. Everyone else would sleep on the top of the covers in only their underwear. I had to wear long pants, a sweatshirt and socks while I slept. I was literally that cold with the AC unit in there. The window air conditioner also took up so much room that my shelves had to be taken down. Every year half my stuff had to be moved out for the ugly window cooling unit. Then after the AC left, I got to put everything back together. Finally, the air conditioner also leaked water. I had to keep a bucket under it to collect the water it peed so bad.

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Nothing replace my whole house air purifier

I had never given much thought to what an air freshener can do for a car.  To me, the air freshener was just something that hung on the rear view mirror and made the air cloying.  I couldn’t breathe when I got into a car with an air freshener. My husband came home and told me he got an air freshener for our truck.  I was about ready to flip a gasket when he told me that it was a charcoal air freshener. He explained the charcoal acted like an air purifier.  Odors were filtered through the charcoal and they came out smelling fresher. All I could see was a piece of charcoal on a string, hanging from the rear view mirror.  I almost laughed in his face. He went outside and brought it in for me to look at. It looked like a little eyeball on a stick. He said that it went into the air vent, and as the air blew over the freshener, it cleaned the air.  I couldn’t figure out it would help the air that was already in the car. He took me by the hand and took me outside. I never realized that there was a switch to turn on air ventilation in the car, or having fresh air coming in. The air coming from the air vents, was simply being circulated in and out.  I guessed the charcoal air freshener/air purifier, may work, but I still doubted it. One of our boys had been playing with a dog that had been rolling in a dead possum. I went to pick him up from his friends. The air freshener/air purifier, worked nothing like the air purifier we had in the house.

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Air purifier for a birthday gift

As much as I love my family, I almost hate when I know I have to go up to visit.  Their house always smells of cigarette smoke and animals. Once I’m there, I enjoy the visit, but it is the trip home.  My skin begins to itch and all I can smell is their house odors on my skin and clothing. I walk into the house and the first thing I have to do is to strip down and take a hot shower.  The hot water will help to get the odors off my skin and out of my nostrils. As I stand there, I often think about my nieces that live there. They are just two and six and they are in the house all of the time.  If I imagine those odors on me, and they are in my nostrils, what is it doing those little lungs and sinuses. I wish I had the courage to approach my sister about the house, but i don’t want to hurt her feelings.  I am also afraid that she will take it as interfering and then it will hurt my relationship with her and the girls. I know that if she were to get an air purification system for the house that it would greatly improve the smell and the air.  She doesn’t have to buy a huge expensive air purification that goes into the heating and air conditioning system. They have these portable air purifiers that you can have anywhere in the house. Some of them are strong enough to cover over 1000 square feet of space.  Maybe I’ll bring it up to her the next time I talk to her, or maybe I’ll just her one for her birthday.

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What Do I Need to Know When Buying an Air Conditioner?

When people think of big costs associated with owning or buying a house, they usually think of two things: the roof and the HVAC system. It is certainly true that both of these items can be quite costly, and it is also true that most homeowners will eventually have to buy or replace both of them. If you are thinking about replacing your air conditioning system, you should think about a few basic things before you buy. First, how old is the HVAC you have now? The older the a/c system is, the less likely it is to be really efficient. As a person of a certain age, I can tell you I am nowhere near as efficient as I was twenty or even ten years ago. Second, is your trusted HVAC company telling you that you need expensive hvac repairs? If your HVAC needs repairs, sometimes it is better to just go ahead and get a new a/c instead of spending a lot on a repair. Third, do you have cold spots or hot spots in your house? Sometimes, people have the wrong size a/c unit for their house, and that sometimes means that there will be places in your house where it never seems to get cool – or hot – depending on the season. If you are putting up with uneven temperatures, it might be time to get yourself the properly sized a/c. Next, you should take a good look at your utility bill. If you have an electric a/c and heater, it is probably the biggest user of electricity in your house. If you bill is really high, you might be able to get a new a/c and have it pay for itself in electric savings.

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Planning a Conference and A/C Difficulties

Have you ever held a job where you hat to plan events? I currently work at an association, and one of the big parts of my duties is to plan events of various sizes and costs. There is one major event each year, and it is held at a big hotel conference center and hundreds of people come and we spend huge dollars and so on. Well, we just finished our big conference and now we have to start planning the next one! So, I headed off to a hotel to see if it would be a suitable place, and I discovered that there is one major problem that could happen: no air conditioning! The hotel I went to, on that day that I was in town to visit, hat an HVAC crisis! Can you imagine how embarrassing it was for the hotel sales department to have me there, trying to convince me to have my $150,000 conference there while the thermostat is about to break because the temperature is so high? Of course, I understand that just because the a/c was broken that day does not mean it will be broken next year, it is still hard to get a good picture of the place while there is no air conditioning to be seen! I was so hot, quite frankly, that I just could not even think straight. I just wanted to get out of there. It is true that we are quite spoiled when it comes to HVAC, but it is what it is.

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