A noisy heater

When I was in my early twenties I purchased my dream home. It was in need of some love and some fixing up but I fell in love with the house as soon as I saw it. I was slowly making repairs and fixing up the house room by room. Starting with the kitchen, the most important room in the house. After a few months of home renovations money got a little tight so I had to slow down with the repairs and updates. I learned that sometimes when putting off home improvements and renovations ends up costing you more money in the long run. I managed to find this out the hard way. Before I knew it I ended up having to replace several windows, my washing machine and then of course the furnace. Thankfully it wasn’t in the middle of winter but it was certainly chilly enough at night for me to notice that the furnace was not working properly. It started out with being extremely loud. I thought that maybe just a few things needed to be tightened so I tried to fix it myself. It did not work out so well. I ended up doing more harm than good and had to call my HVAC provider to have a technician come out and fix what I had made really worse. He recommended that I start looking into replacing the whole thing, saying that I would probably make it through this winter but not another year. I at least made it through the winter and that gave me time to save up some money so that I could buy a decent furnace.

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Getting used to the air conditioning

It was a beautiful, sunshiny day. My friend and I decided to go out to the beach for a few hours and then, maybe grab some lunch. It was a perfect day at the beach. The water was very calm and a pretty greenish blue. There was not one cloud in the sky. There weren’t too many people there either, so it was very quiet and relaxing. We talked and read our books, and then took a swim. We were feeling really good. There was a tiki bar restaurant I had been wanting to try, so when we started to get hungry, we packed up and headed for the tiki bar. When we got there, the place was packed. The only available tables were inside the restaurant. We decided to wait at the bar until a table outside opened up. The inside restaurant was really nice, but it was dark and they had the air conditioning on full blast. I was freezing especially because under my sundress I was still wearing my wet bathing suit. It was not the place I wanted to be on such a gorgeous day. I really wanted to be outside in the sunshine. But after two drinks, the air conditioning didn’t bother me nearly as much. I guess I was getting used to it, and my suit was starting to dry out. Finally, we were called for our table outside. It was so hot and bright after being in the dark, cold restaurant. My friend and I had a good laugh about that because we had just talked about how easy it is to get comfortable in a situation that isn’t right for you.

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A broken heater making me sick

I am a true health freak. I love to workout. I think giving my body the right fuel is super important. I buy all organic food and eat tons of vegetables. I do everything in my power to stay in the best shape possible. I even take a bunch of vitamins to improve my overall health. I take vitamin C, D, biotin, a multivitamin, iron and fish oil. I was told by taking these vitamins I would become more energized and be able to work out more. I first I felt amazing, but then as winter came that all changed. I spent so much money on all my vitamins, supplements, workout clothes and gym membership that I didn’t have any money to spare. As it got cold out I discovered my heating system was not working. I couldn’t waste my money on fixing it so I just slept with more blankets at night. Then I got a  cold. I was doing everything to be healthy yet I could not kick this old. My mom came over last week and insist I fix the HVAC system. I didn’t want to spend the money fixing it. My mom said that the health of my inside body would not be good if I lived in such an unhealthy environment. I thought it was ridiculous that my mom was blaming my sickness on my broken heater. To prove a point on called up an HVAC repair company and had my heating fixed. It wasn’t nearly as expensive as I had thought it would be. A few days later my cold went away. It was unbelievable.

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Getting my first place

Getting my first place has been a lot harder than I thought that it was going to be. I was fully prepared to be moving into a nice, fancy, apartment. You know, somewhere that had a gorgeous view of a pond or something, or maybe even had a pool. But no, my funds can barely cover a studio apartment. I had been searching for a place for three months. I knew everything that I needed to have inside of my apartment. I needed a decent sized kitchen and living room, a patio or balcony to have my morning coffee on, a laundry facility inside of my building, and most importantly I wanted some place that had good air conditioning. After all, I was moving to the mid west. The winters are short and when it gets warm out, it gets very very warm. I hate the heat, but I knew I had to suck it up. I had gotten my one and only job offer after college and I had to take what I could get for the time being. So I settled for a small studio apartment. It did not have air conditioning. But luckily, my landlord let me purchase a window unit for my new place. I do not think that I would have survived living there without some air conditioning. After all, last night the heat was crazy here. The temperature at seven o’clock was still eighty four. So you could easily say that without some decent air conditioning in here I would have been dying of heat stroke or something. I am so very thankful for my lovely window air conditioning unit. I hope that it will last me a while.

 

What is HVAC?

I was perusing the web the other day and decided to look up different businesses near me. I had just moved to a small town and wanted to see what was close by. I found some pizzerias, some Chinese food spots, surfboard shops, medical centers; the list goes on and on. It seemed like everything I could possibly need was right in this small town. One thing I did notice was that there were a ton of HVAC businesses. I had no idea what HVAC was so I decided to look it up. It stands for Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning. It is anything to do with cooling or heating of a home, business, vehicle, etc. Refrigeration can also be included in that and can be known as HVAC&R. Most people never think about their HVAC units until there is a problem which presents itself. It is also usually at the most inconvenient time. I was glad to see that there was a business by me that was open 24 hours a day! That made me feel more comfortable in case something were to happen late at night when most places are closed. I perused through different pricing of all HVAC installations and repairs and even replacements. I was shocked at how expensive everything was! They even had the prices for installing solar panels on there – it was an average of $20,000 per installation. These costs proved that regular maintenance on your system is key because otherwise the repair or replacement costs of these HVAC machines are expensive and you would be throwing your money away!

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Embracing the sounds

A couple of weeks ago I had a very long and very boring discussion with my mom and dad about how I need to start taking better care of my stuff. Sure, sometimes I forget to do my laundry for a few weeks or months, but it does not bother anyone else. My room is dirty. Maybe that is just the way that I like it. But of course my mom and dad could care less. They just want it clean. So I have been trying to keep it cleaner to appease my parents. They finally said I was doing such a good job that they would reward me by buying me an air conditioner for my bedroom. I was so excited that I would no longer have to sweat all day and night during the upcoming summer. But when I turned it on for the first time, it started making this awful noise. I realized that I had accidentally spilled some coffee on it a few days prior. It must have ruined a part of the machine. I felt awful. I had ruined my brand new air conditioner. I told my parents about my AC issues and asked if they could take it back and get a new air conditioner. They told me that my punishment was to listen to that horrible noise all summer long, and that maybe then I would learn how to better take care of my things. I really messed up. Now, next time I even think about getting my room a little bit dirty or bringing coffee in here, I will think back to that air conditioner.

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Choosing a new car

Choosing a new vehicle is a serious pain in the butt. I have had the same car since I was just seventeen years old in highschool. My dad bought me my first car and it has lasted me quite a long time. I have never had any serious issues with it until this past summer when the air conditioning unit in my car stopped working all of a sudden. So I told my dad about my issues and he decided to give me a small loan to help with my purchase of a new car. I need a car to get back and forth to work everyday. My old car did that just fine so I hoped I would find a car just as great as my old car had been. I went to a local dealership to look at cars. I told the dealership people that I absolutely needed a great car that had even better air conditioning than my last car had. I really did not need anything else besides that. I drove about eighteen cars before I found the right car for me. Luckily my dad had been there to help me throughout the entire car shopping process. After all the process itself really was a lot more difficult and definitely a lot more annoying than I had expected it to be. Now I have a brand new car that has an amazing air conditioning system. I have never been so thankful for a brand new car in my entire life. Now I can drive back and forth to work comfortably, without being too hot.

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Air conditioning on the airplane

I write this as I sit on an airplane. Flying to a city many many miles away from my home. I am traveling on a business trip alone, as usual. The plane is packed full. From single travelers like myself, to families, and many small children who can’t seem to stop whining. Luckily the plane has wifi so I am able to keep myself occupied. That is, until, I realized that I was getting very hot and sweaty. I reached up to adjust the knob on my air conditioner. You know, the tiny little knob above the seats. Unfortunately it appeared to be broken and nothing even resembling cold air from an air conditioner was coming out of it. I asked my flight attendant if they could fix it and they said they knew nothing about air conditioning buttons or knobs for that matter. So, I write this as I sit on a very hot and crowded flight. Wishing that I had something even resembling air conditioning blowing on my face. God knows I’ll look like a hot mess for my business meeting in five hours. So on this very sad and annoyed note from me, I advise all travelers to make sure that they are in a seat with an air conditioning knob that works before they depart to their destination, and to be sure to look into whether or not the plane that you will be traveling on has good enough air conditioners to keep you satisfied and comfortable throughout your entire flight. Otherwise, you will end up just like me. Hot and annoyed, and strolling into your business meeting looking like you spent the night in a dumpster.

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Repairing the HVAC unit

I just recently moved into a brand new house. It took a few months to build since we started from the ground up. This is something that my husband and I always wanted to do. We rented an apartment when we first started dating and we would always buy houses that were much older and not as modern. What I do miss about our old house is our HVAC system. I knew the ins and outs of that HVAC system because it was an older HVAC system. The HVAC system that we have now in our new house is very modern and I have no idea how to do simple repairs on it. I had to ask my neighbors if they could recommend me a local HVAC technician. I got his number and called him to schedule an appointment. I wanted a professional to do the repairs and maintenance on the system. With my old HVAC system I was able to cycle the breakers and ensure that they were in the on position. I could even pinpoint where the breakers were and made sure that they were on. I could easily clean my air filters and change them out with no problem. However with this new system I don’t even know where the air filters are located. I even had to have the HVAC technician show me how to use a thermostat since we have a smart thermostat and it’s digital. Since my husband and I did want a more modern home it has been a little tricky for us to learn these new and technological ways. space heater

HVAC in my hotel room

Many young adults cannot wait until they are out of school and can leave their parents’ homes without guilt to discover themselves. A very popular way young adults do this is by taking a road trip across the United States. It is as if discovering America helps people discover themselves. However, the amount of preparation is up to the adventurers. Some of these amateur travellers want to have every detail of their trips planned out so they can focus on the scenery. Others believe that figuring out their stops along the way is simply part of the journey. One place both types travellers are bound to visit before the end of their trips are hotels. Imagine two young adults decide to take a road trip. One has his trip planned out, and the other does not. The first has budgeted enough money and has made reservations to stay at four star hotels through a travelling website while the other ends up staying in hotels along the roads he travels. The second one decides to go to cheaper hotels because he does not know how far his money will take him on his journey. When the first one arrives at his hotel, he takes a shower, sets the temperature in the room, and falls asleep in his bed quickly. The second one, however, does not have the best experience. The air conditioning unit in his room is not working. After a long drive, he simply wants to go to sleep. However, the troubles with the air conditioner cost him a few hours of sleep and he is restless throughout the night due to discomfort. The air conditioners in hotels affect the experience and stay of the travellers who choose to stay the night.

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