Words cannot begin to express how badly I suffer from seasonal allergies. I live in an area of the country where the terms “seasonal” and “allergies” have no right to be spoken of together in the same sentence. The reason for this is that the allergy season never ends. It is an eternal issue for those of us like me who suffer with bouts of sneezing, coughing, and itchy eyes. Because of this, I keep my HVAC system in tip top condition. At least I try to anyway. I am also open to new methods of combatting my allergy symptoms. My HVAC system is an excellent source of relief when I have a fully functioning air purification system, but sometimes my air conditioner is not enough. I have tried everything from essential oils, to other home remedies. A friend of mine recently suggested that I try locally harvested, raw honey in addition to my air purification system and other remedies. I decided to give it a shot. The specialty food store was right next to the HVAC business that I used, so I made a stop there as well. I needed a new air filter, and I also needed to set up my next HVAC system maintenance appointment. I recognized the clerk behind the front desk of the HVAC business. He was my usual HVAC technician. I purchased my new air filter, made an appointment for my next HVAC system maintenance, and picked up my next home remedy! I got home, changed out my filer, and made myself a cup of tea with my new honey. Hopefully it works!
Last week I ordered a much anticipated book that was just released. I usually wait until I can find new books on sale, but I had been waiting years for this book to come out. I couldn’t wait that long to read it. It was scheduled to be delivered last Thursday, so I patiently waited at home for the delivery to arrive. What a test of patience that was! As I was waiting, an HVAC technician arrived at my door. I was slightly surprised. I had forgotten that I had an appointment to have my HVAC system cleaned and maintained. I let the nice man in, and he promptly began cleaning out the ductwork. It had been about 6 month since the last time my ductwork was cleaned out,so I wasn’t expecting any major build up. I got my second surprise of the day when the HVAC technician showed me some rat droppings he found in the ductwork. It all made sense now though. I had thought i heard some strange noises coming from the ductwork just the other day. I was dismayed to find out I had a possible rodent problem in my HVAC system. The HVAC technician did his best to calm me down though. He assured me he would remove any rodent issue as painlessly as possible. He was accustomed to this “routine” HVAC system issue, and it is very common. His calm demeanor served to calm me down as well. By this time, I had totally forgotten about my book delivery. At this rate, I may write my own book about this HVAC system escapade!
Last Monday I had to drive down to my local medical lab in order to have some bloodwork done. I was recently treated successfully for a potentially fatal disease, and they just wanted to do further testing to make sure I was still “cured.” Lately, I have been grateful for every day of life! Nothing could get me down, even a broken furnace. I just so happened to experience a broken furnace at the lab that Monday morning. When I got there, I saw a sign out front that said, “we apologize for the inconvenience. Our heating and cooling system is currently disabled.” With a smile and a shrug of my shoulders I entered the lab. It was definitely cold without a working furnace, but I was just happy to be alive. I pulled my arms into my sleeves and did whatever I could to stay warm. This furnace issue was only temporary, just like every other problem in life. I knew that at some point that week they would get the heating and cooling system repaired. Life would go on as usual. I was soon called to have my blood drawn, and I was able to go home and warm up by my nice fireplace. I had a modern heating and cooling system, but I liked the natural heat from the fireplace much better. My results came back yesterday and I’m still cured! Life is good, with or without a working heating and cooling system! The winter was soon over, and people’s thoughts turned to beaches, pools, and air conditioners.
When it comes to home repairs, I am a fix it kind of guy. I have to say, however, this little trait of mine drives my wife nuts. She thinks that I cause more problems to the house by choosing to fix things on my own. I have even caught her trying to call a repairman to fix something, before I find out it is broken. I just think it is silly. If you have any kind of intelligence you can figure it out. We have a basic HVAC unit in our house. When we first had the unit installed last fall, I opted out of the extra cost for the annual maintenance check and service. Why spend all that money for an HVAC technician to come out to the house and to do the basic tasks that I could figure out how to do on my own? I went online and learned how to clean out the vents and change out the air filters. As long as this is down quarterly, you can really prevent any big heating and cooling catastrophes. I admit, cleaning out and stripping the ductwork if need be is no fun at all. But, again, if it saves me a lot of money, I am all for it! It can get a little more complicated if something breaks down, however. I definitely have to go deeper online to make any big repairs happen. I think that is what scares my wife the most. She doesn’t like when I start to fiddle around with the actual heating and cooling unit itself. She just knows I will break it somehow. She needs to have more faith in me.
I am not a fan of doing any life research. It seems like every time we want to make any sort of big purchase, it takes a serious amount of review and research before coming to any definite decision. When one sets out to buy a car today, it can feel like you are buying the end all solution to hunger with the details that follow. Nothing seems easy anymore, nothing. Heck, going to the grocery store for basic food shopping has now become one of my most stressful tasks. It is an ordeal with all the comparison that you go through before making a basic choice! So, you can imagine what it is like when needing to go appliance shopping for your home. I thought it was going to nearly kill me this month, when I needed to start researching heating and cooling units for my home. I have been renting for so long, that I had no idea the advances in technology that have occurred for basic heaters and air conditioners! I seriously couldn’t not even grasp all the cost and energy efficient differences. Don’t even get me started on the new apps they have to monitor the thermostat and temperatures throughout your day. Whatever happened to just turning on the heat when you were cold, then turning it off when you were done. Now we can maneuver everything from our phones if we wanted! When I went to search out for a local HVAC provider to help me with these decisions, that was a problem in itself. Who knew there could be so many! I don’t want to be a grown up anymore.
I had a rough day last Thursday. I work as a professional landscaper, and we had an exceptionally hot week. It wasn’t just the heat that was beating me down, it was the amount of work itself. We usually only worked 8 hours a day, but last week we were working 10 or more hours a day! It was brutal, to say the least. When I got home on Thursday night, all I wanted to do was lay back and enjoy my air conditioner. I had recently upgraded my entire heating and cooling system to include a smart thermostat. This device really helped with my HVAC system comfort levels and also lowered my energy costs. I was able to switch on my air conditioner by just simply pushing a button on the screen of my smart phone. It was a truly amazing HVAC system extra! I was sure glad to have it last Thursday, as I was too tired to walk over to my thermostat in my home. I collapsed on my couch and used my smart thermostat app to turn up the power on my air conditioner. I was completely exhausted from both the amount of work, and the high level of heat throughout the day. I was sure glad to be home on my nicely cool air conditioner. So, I simply laid back and enjoyed the nice cool breeze coming out of the ductwork of my freshly upgraded HVAC system. I had one good thing to look forward to on that night. The next day was pay day Friday!
Last weekend I was in a super rush. I had a big appointment at 10 in the morning and I overslept! I got out of bed with only 15 minutes to make it to my appointment. I quickly got dressed, ran out of the house, and made my way to the meeting place. I luckily made it on time. I unluckily, however, forgot to shut off my furnace before I left. My HVAC system was very picky, I guess you could say. I could only run my heating and cooling system at night. If i tried to run my HVAC system during the daytime, it would overwork itself and cause all kinds of issues. Needless to say, when I got home I found a totally stuffy and overheated home. My furnace was also completely unresponsive. During the course of the morning it must have shut down. Now, however, my furnace would not start back up again. My air conditioner would not start either. What a hassle this day was turning out to be! Now I had to deal with a broken heating and cooling system. It was all because I overslept too. I sighed and called up a local HVAC business. This place was very reliable. I used their services a few years back when I needed some work done on my ductwork. The owner of the HVAC business recognized my name from a couple years back. I was surprised and happy. He sent out a very efficient HVAC technician who awesomely had my furnace back and running within a short while after arriving. This day didn’t turn out too bad after all. My furnace worked better now than it did before!
I have been a pediatric nurse in the local hospital for over a decade, now. I love my job. I have always loved children. So, when I knew without a doubt I wanted to go into nursing, it didn’t take too long to decide it would be with children. I was lucky enough to be able to get hired at one of the most prestigious children’s hospitals in the area. They are known for their NICU and ability to care for very rare cases. Last year, they were even recognized for a new HVAC system that they installed in the ward, which proved to be beneficial in more ways than they could have ever dreamed. It was a new Pure Air Filter System. Hospitals are already known for their very strict regimens when it comes to their central heating and air conditioning units. These HVAC systems are important to prevent the spreading of germs and infections. Their maintenance and service plan is just as important to have the air filters changed out and stripped annually. But, this Pure Air Filter System has taken HVAC care to a whole new level for severe allergy sufferers. While it has been proving to increase the quality of breathing air for those children who suffer from severe infection and allergies, it has surprisingly been showing a better healing time from surgeries and illness. I don’t think anyone ever expected the benefits to be so high when we first brought this new HVAC technology to the board for consideration. Everyone has been very happy with the results.
I am a dance teacher. I have been dancing since I was a small child. It is truly the love of my life. I have such a passion for the music and the movement that goes along with dance. I love recreating a play through interpretive dance or a dramatization of any story within the music. The costumes can be so extravagant and glamorous, it is hard to feel anything but beautiful. I have to say there isn’t really one thing that I don’t like about dance. Well, almost one thing. I have to admit that I don’t like to be cold in the least. It could be a hot summer’s day outside, but I will still find myself chilled to the bone waiting for my central heating to warm me up. The dance studios are always freezing. They seem to think that you are your own personal heater once you get moving. Even when they do turn the thermostat up, the heat is coming from the upper air vents and I can barely feel it. Recently, the dance studio went through a total upgrade. The local HVAC company was offering a great deal on Radiant Floor Heat Installation, that it was too good to pass up! The heat comes from pipes installed beneath the dance floor that is heated through the pipes. Once the thermostat is engaged and warmed up, the heat very slowly rises up and holds in the studio so much longer than the central heating system can offer. I love it the most on my feet as it warms my toes as I dance around the studio through routines.
When I first bought my own house, I had some pretty bold ideas about taking care of it. Although I was not handy, and in fact had never even taken shop class back in high school, I thought that I would be able to play handyman and take care of the new home. My heart was in the right place. But I didn’t fully think it through, and ponder the facts that first, I had no experience and secondly, I had no tools.
It turns out tools are very important with being a handyman. So it turned out that I was woefully unequipped to deal with plumbing, electricity, carpentry, or HVAC system repair and upkeep. Thankfully I had a cool neighbor, a retiree who liked to be a handyman and had some special experience with heating systems. What a lucky break, I thought, now if my furnace ever broke I could just stroll next door and get some advice. Foolishly I assumed that if he knew heating, he also knew cooling system repair.
But an air conditioner and a furnace are not the same thing, and where he was excellent with furnace repair, he was not very experienced with dealing with AC units. But at least he had enough knowledge where he could tell me what was wrong with the air conditioning. He helped me to maintain the system regularly, and clear out the ductwork and air filters, and that alone probably added years of life to my clunky old air conditioner. But if my furnace ever dies, at least I know who to call.