Aunt Sharon’s Cabin

My Aunt Sharon has always lived by a big lake close to the mountains and she’s always bragged about how great the air quality is there by the lake. She always tells us how she never needs to run the air conditioning system in her house because she can always just open up the windows to let the cooling air inside. She says that it really helps with the indoor air quality inside of her home. I’ve always been a little bit jealous of that, since we live in a pretty big city and the climate control system in our building has to be running basically all the time to keep the heating and cooling going. You can’t even open any of the windows in our building, not that you’d want to! I’d hate to think of how terrible the indoor air quality would be in my apartment if I opened up the windows. Instead of cooling the place off, we’d probably just be poisoning ourselves with all of the smoke and smog coming from the surrounding businesses. I wish we could be more like Aunt Sharon so we could live without air conditioning all year long! Sometimes I really long for fresh, cooling mountain breezes instead of the cold frigid air that comes from our central air conditioning unit into our apartment. I think maybe next summer, I will take a trip out to visit her up in the mountains and see how great the indoor air quality really is inside her mountain home. I might not ever want to come back to the city!

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Air Purifier and Allergies

I don’t know about you, but whenever I have an allergy attack, I just feel like garbage. It’s like you’re stuck in limbo between being sick and being well. You’re not exactly sick, but you don’t feel like you’re running at 100 percent, either. It’s a terrible way to feel, not to mention the sneezing and coughing and watery eyes that come along with it! I decided last year to start battling my allergies with something other than medications. I did a lot of research and talked to my local HVAC business. They had an HVAC technician come to my house and do a presentation for my husband and me about the wonders of air purification systems. They explained to us how air purification systems and certain types of air conditioning filters and heating filters can really help people with allergies, like me. The presentation was pretty darn convincing, and my husband and I had our new air purifier installed a couple of months ago. I was skeptical at first, but now that we’ve had the air purifiers and new air filters for a little while, I really think that I can tell a difference in my allergies. Usually by this time of year I’d be sneezing my head off all night long, but so far, I’ve been sleeping like a baby! I can’t believe that the air purification system is working so well, but apparently the HVAC technician wasn’t lying when he said that it would really help with my allergy problems. I think that every penny we spent on the air purifier was totally worth it.

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Autumn is so Cool

I really don’t like the heat! Summertime is so difficult for me because it’s just so hot. During the summertime, the temperatures rise up into the upper nineties, and that’s just too hot for my taste. It’s also very humid where we live which makes the heat feel even worse because the sweat never evaporates. This past summer was even worse because the air conditioning in our car went out. The interior of our car is black leather, so it literally feels like you’re sitting in a furnace as you drive down the road. It was terrible! I don’t think that I have ever been in such intense heat in my life. For that reason and many more, I absolutely love the autumn time. I still remember the first day of autumn this year. The temperatures actually dropped considerably on the first day of Autumn. I had to drive to a dentist appointment, and I was dreading it because we didn’t have air conditioning in the car. When I walked outside early in the morning on the first day of Autumn, I was so surprised at how chilly it was. I actually had to go and put on a long sleeved shirt for my dentist appointment. Even without air conditioning, the car felt so nice and cool. I just cracked the windows and drove to my dentist appointment without sweating or feeling like I was completely dehydrated from the intense heat. I told my husband when I got home from the appointment that air conditioning wasn’t even necessary anymore. Of course, he knew that it still was for the next summer, but the whole family was excited to know that we didn’t have to suffer in the hot car anymore.

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A Warm Classroom

Looking back, high school wasn’t as bad as I once thought. School wasn’t ever my thing, and I tried everything that I could to convince my parents to let me dropout of high school and get my GED. Thankfully, they said no, and I graduated high school with a 4.0. School came easy to me, but for some reason, I just didn’t like it. I would much rather work with my hands than read of book or study for a test. Even though I didn’t particularly like school, I did have a some great friends who are still my friends even to this day. We actually enjoy getting together and reminiscing about our high school days. Something that all of us remember is “the warm classroom.” We had one teacher who was always cold, so she kept her classroom at about eighty degrees regardless of the time of year or how many students were in her class. It was so hot! I don’t think there was ever a time that she had less than thirty kids in her classroom, so with that many students, the room was usually even warmer than eighty degrees. I don’t know what she was thinking because everyone knows that a really warm room makes people sleepy. It was one of the biggest challenges of my day to try and stay awake in her class because it was just so warm. It didn’t help that her class was right after lunch either. I remember wishing that tiny, portable air conditioners were a thing because I certainly would have purchased one just for her class.

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Our condenser is working great

I am not as old as dirt, at least not yet.  However, thinking back to my childhood brings up some very distinctive differences in the day and age.  I grew up in a very rural area where nature surrounded us. I remember if I said I was bored, I had two options.  Those options were, to go outside or clean the bathroom. So, I spent a ton of time outside. Except in the winter when I was shackled by short days and cold temperatures.  But, man did we stay warm. HVAC as we know it now was not part of how I grew up. Granted, I was raised in a house that was already 50 years old back then. But, there were no air ducts or forced central air heating and cooling units.  No, our house had this enormous boiler in the basement. The thing reminded me of some living beast from a bad dream. The boiler heated up all that water which then flowed to radiators throughout the home. I was taught a very healthy respect for the radiators.  They got hot so, I was always leery of getting too close to them. Of course, during an indoor football game, I went head first into one of the radiators. I not only knocked myself out but, also gave myself a bit of a burn on the neck. Those radiators gave off the best heat.  It was cozy and also had a humidity factor to it. I miss that humidity in the winter. Now, my HVAC does more sucking up of humidity to my chagrin. I’ve often thought about installing geothermal heating in my home. The heat is transferred by water through tubing in the floor.  I would just love to walk around barefoot all winter. Would be like the old radiators but, even better.

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I’m very concerned

Black Thursday is some people’s favorite day of the year. However, if you work in retail like me, there is nothing exciting about being forced to work on the 1 day of the year that, even though you should be apartment celebrating with your family, almost everyone’s inner animal comes out. Talk about holiday spirit! I had been now working at JCPenney’s at the mall for 3 years so I have had multiple years of Black Thursday experience! One year, however, was certainly terrible! The mall I worked at was normally kept at a cool temperature, but due to the overflow of people coming in and out, the air seemed a little thin and it started to feel much hotter than normal. Come to find out the A/C in the whole building was controlled by 1 single control device and it was set to 65 degrees. But it did not feel like it! Between the sight of people fighting over merchandise like savages, and the influx of people coming to me asking unnecessary questions, I felt like I was going to pass out. The A/C felt like it was at 90 degrees. Our Heating, Ventilation, and A/C idea was fairly new and I was aware that they do get the A/C device serviced easily properly and on a schedule. However, it became frustrating, for us employees and also the clients. People began dripping with sweat uncontrollably. Both of us had to pull out sit up fans and set them up all over the store. When every one of us ran out of fans, every one of us ended up having to open a few new boxed 1s on display for sale. It was madness! It was a long day and our last Black Thursday ever! Shortly after that, I had a career change!

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Restoring the efficiency levels

Black Friday is some people’s favorite day of the year. However, if you work in retail adore me, there is nothing exciting about being forced to work on the 1 day of the year that, even though you should be lake apartment celebrating with your family, most people’s inner pet comes out. Talk about holiday spirit! I had been finally working at JCPenney’s at the mall for 3 years so I have had several years of Black Friday experience! One year, however, was particularly terrible! The mall I worked at was normally kept at a cool temperature, but due to the overflow of people coming in and out, the air seemed a little thin and it started to recognize much hotter than normal. Come to find out the AC in the whole building was controlled by 1 single thermostat and it was set to 65 degrees. But it didn’t recognize adore it! Between the sight of people fighting over merchandise adore savages, and the influx of people coming to me asking unnecessary questions, I felt adore I was going to pass out. The AC felt adore it was at 90 degrees. Our HVAC system was fairly new and I was aware that they do get the AC device worked on really properly and on a schedule. However, it became frustrating, for us employees and also the buyers. People began perspiring uncontrollably. The two of us had to pull out kneel up fans and set them up all over the store. When both of us ran out of fans, both of us ended up having to open a few new boxed 1s on display for sale. It was madness! It was a long day and our last Black Friday ever! Shortly after that, I had a career change!

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This is what we needed

I have always loved the pitter patter of little feet.  The sound of your child running across a bare wooden floor to you can make the toughest dad get misty.  It was great fun listening to those kind of little feet. Those feet are all grown up now. So, the little feet I’m hearing in my house probably aren’t the sort of little feet I want inside my house.  I heard them the other week but, I kind of questioned my ear as they were mowing outside. But, it wasn’t too much longer until I distinctly heard them again. This time my house was silent so I could totally hear those clawed tiny feet.  We had rodents of some sort living in the HVAC vents. I nearly had to tranquilize my wife when I told her so, I got right on it. The call after the one to the exterminator was to our HVAC guy. He scheduled a duct cleaning crew to come out once the rodents were eradicated.  I wondered hard how these furry dudes got in the house. I know mice can flatten themselves down to squeeze through an otherwise overseen crack. But, this would be a first for our little home of twenty five years. It really bothered me. So, I was extra stoked when the duct crew showed up.  I asked if I could sort of tag along to watch them do their thing. I am fascinated by just the weirdest stuff. The duct crew found the problem right away. A duct segment in the attic had become unsealed. The mice were able to enter the system that way. Not only did these people do a fantastic job but, they resealed all the ducts.  I think we can go another twenty five years without the pitter patter of those particular brand of little feet.

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That is a plan we should discuss

Black Sunday is some people’s favorite day of the year. However, if you work in retail care about me, there is nothing exciting about being forced to work on the a single day of the year that, even though you should be home celebrating with your family, everyone’s inner critter comes out. Talk about holiday spirit! I had been actually working at JCPenney’s at the mall for 3 years so I have had several years of Black Sunday experience! One year, however, was certainly terrible! The mall I worked at was normally kept at a cool temperature, however due to the overflow of people coming in as well as out, the air seemed a little thin as well as it started to believe much hotter than normal. Come to find out the A/C in the whole building was controlled by a single single thermostat as well as it was set to 65 degrees. But it did not believe care about it! Between the sight of people fighting over merchandise care about savages, as well as the influx of people coming to me asking unnecessary questions, I felt care about I was going to pass out. The A/C felt care about it was at 90 degrees. Our HVAC proposal was fairly new as well as I was aware that they do get the A/C unit worked on genuinely regularly as well as on a schedule. However, it became frustrating, for us employees as well as also the buyers, and people began covered in sweat uncontrollably. We had to pull out stand up fans as well as set them up all over the store. When all of us ran out of fans, all of us ended up having to open a few new boxed a singles on display for sale. It was madness! It was a long day as well as our last Black Sunday ever! Shortly after that, I had a career change!

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I was hoping for a temperature change

Black Tuesday is some people’s favorite day of the year. However, if you work in retail prefer me, there is nothing exciting about being forced to work on the one day of the year that, even though you should be home celebrating with your family, everyone’s inner pet comes out. Talk about holiday spirit! I had been laboring at JCPenney’s at the mall for 3 years so I have had multiple years of Black Tuesday experience! One year, but, was particularly terrible! The mall I worked at was normally kept at a cool temperature, but due to the overflow of people coming in plus out, the air seemed a little thin plus it started to know much hotter than normal. Come to find out the AC in the whole building was controlled by one single temperature control plus it was set to 65 degrees. But it did not know prefer it! Between the sight of people fighting over merchandise prefer savages, plus the influx of people coming to me asking unnecessary questions, I felt prefer I was going to pass out. The AC felt prefer it was at 90 degrees. Our HVAC method was fairly current plus I was aware that they do get the AC device ran tests on actually officially plus on a schedule. However, it became aggravating, for us employees plus also the shoppers. People began covered in sweat uncontrollably. We had to pull out rest up fans plus set them up all over the store. When we ran out of fans, we ended up having to open a few current boxed ones on display for sale. It was madness! It was a long day plus our last Black Tuesday ever! Shortly after that, I had a job change!

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