Sealing our ducts

When my home HVAC system started acting strangely, I researched online to find an answer. I don’t have a lot of extra money, so I hoped to find an answer on my own. After reading about problems with HVAC systems, I was sure that my problem was with the ductwork. I had a terrible problem with dust accumulating on the furniture, and the indoor air quality seemed poor. I spoke with a few friends, and I was certain that I could seal all of the ductwork on my own. On Saturday morning, I went down to the hardware store and purchased a ladder. I use the ladder to go up into the attic, and order to access all of the ductwork. I bought the proper ductwork supplies, including sealing tape, extra ducting, and ductwork cleaning tools. Even with the small amount of money I spent, it was still a fourth of the price that I would have paid for an HVAC contractor. I managed to find a few holes, and sealed them appropriately. It took a few hours to repair all of the ductwork, but I was sure that I had found all of the holes. When I finished with the ductwork Sealing, I turned on the HVAC system. After a few minutes of debris spewing from the AC vents, the air started to smell clean and fresh. It’s been a few weeks since I performed the ductwork sealing on my own HVAC system, and I think the problem has been solved. Only time will tell, but I am glad to have done the repairs on my own.

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We have good housing

When my daughter turned eighteen, she decided that she should be independent.  I punished her for coming home with alcohol on her breath, and she informed me she was an adult.  I came home from work that evening and I had a note that told me she had moved out.  I called a couple of her friends, but they weren’t talking.  The next day she called and said she was fine, and she forgave me for disrespecting.  I told her that was really adult of her, but I didn’t do anything wrong.  It was three days later when she was at my home when I returned from work.  She asked me if I wanted to go to dinner with her, and then to see where she was living.  Over dinner, she talked about the terrific air conditioning in the room.  She said she couldn’t want it to be any cooler.  The air conditioner ran very quietly and there were times when she had to adjust the thermostat to make it less cool.  I asked about the rest of the room, and she ignored me.  We headed to the room she rented, and I was appalled that it was nothing more than a motel room.  The air conditioning was definitely working well.  The air quality was the pits, and I swore I could hear things moving in the room.  She had all of her belongings in the bathroom, and she was packed and ready to come home with me.  The next time she moved out, it was to a really good HVAC system in a home she shared with her husband.

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We need some better food

I wrote a book and my granddaughter became very quizzical.  She wanted to know how a whole family lived in such a small igloo.  Where did they put their Christmas tree, and how did they heat the igloo without it melting.  She wanted to know what happened when the house melted in the summer.  I tried to remind that it was just a kid’s story, but she still kept asking questions.  We have all heard about igloos, and she had some good questions.  How did they heat the inside, if they didn’t have a fireplace, or a wood stove?  What happened when summer came, and they couldn’t have air conditioning, and their house melted.  Did they just camp outside during the summer?  Were they bothered by the bugs and the heat because they didn’t have shelter or air conditioning?  Did they just huddle to stay warm, because a fireplace or wood stove would cause enough heat to melt the dwelling?  Maybe the whole igloo thing was just something that happened with the fisherman, and then he moved back into a real dwelling with a fireplace for the winter, when he caught what they needed for food.  If it was so cold they could build ice houses, maybe the summer’s are cool enough, they don’t need air conditioning.  There were so many questions that I didn’t know how to answer them.  I told her that we would do some inquiries and reading and find the answers, but for now, it was the Polar bears that lived in the igloo, and I didn’t think they worried about heating and cooling.

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Good AC and gratitude

During our senior year, everyone had to do civic duties.  I was assigned to a convent.  I was unsure as to what kind of work I would do at a convent, but it didn’t take long to find out.  I was ushered into a lovely sitting area, where five stern looking nuns sat staring at me.   There were certain rooms that were off limits and I was warned to never go in them.  I was amazed at how good the HVAC was in the building.  Some rooms looked like they had nothing but marble structure and I thought the air should be overly cool.  You could feel the cooling air coming from the air vents.  I was shown where the nuns did their prayers and in spite of the amount of lit candles, it was extremely cool and inviting.  I was told that I would be cleaning the rectory and the kitchen.   No matter where I went in the convent, the temperature seemed to always be the same.  I couldn’t wait to tell my mom what a great HVAC system they had, because she worked in a HVAC company.   After six weeks, and nearing the end of my work period, one of the nuns invited me into the chapel.  She told me I had to wait a couple of minutes, until they finished vespers.  When she finally ushered me in, the air conditioning was as perfect as the rest of the convent.  Every nun I had met, stood around a large cake and kissed my cheek as they handed me a bouquet of roses and told me they enjoyed my presence and I would be missed.

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This hair is damaging our air duct

My sister loves animals.  She loves animals so much, that she is nearly over run by them.  She has four dogs inside the house, and thirty-seven cats that live under her porch.  The cats are such a nuisance, to everyone but her, that last month she was crying because they had clawed their way through the foundation and made it into the basement.  She could smell the car urine as they sprayed all around the HVAC system.  I know it isn’t funny, but I almost laughed, because she had been told to get rid of the cats because of this very reason.  When we had a cold spell, she had to abandon using the living portion of the basement, because it smelled so horrible.  Every time the furnace turned on, the stench of cat urine was carried up through the air vents.  The furnace warmed the surrounding area, and the basement would be unbearable.  She still refused to get rid of the cats.  Her husband was able to patch the wall, and he sprayed something to rid the smell of the urine, but they had already done their damage.  Cat hair had gotten into the system, and whenever the heating system turned on, it blew cat hair up through the air vents.  My mother was always sneezing and complaining of scratchy throat and itchy eyes.  My sister’s granddaughter was always suffering from allergies.  You would think that she would get rid of the cats, but she just got another dog, and one of the cats is once again pregnant.  She should take out stock in allergy medicine.

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We have very big windows

When it rains, I tend to be at my happiest. I think it might have something to do with the the lack of sun actually. For as long as I can recall, my eyes have been very sensitive to sunlight. As a result, I usually get headaches on sunny days. This also means that I probably associate being indoors with not having headaches, so it kind of comes full circle on rainy days, as I need not make any excuses as to why I am staying home and inside. Also, I love the fresh veggies that come from my mom’s garden and those need the rain, so it’s a win win situation. Rainy days are also nice though because my HVAC system at home is second to none. When I bought this house I loved the huge windows, but climate control was a little trickier than in normal houses as a result. In the winter, I found that the furnace had to work extra hard to keep the temperature comfy. Likewise, in the summer, our air conditioner could hardly keep up. So I decided to shop around a bit and get opinions from some HVAC experts. A few of them recommended the same thing; upgrade to a more powerful heating and cooling system. With more power, the machines have to work less and that means the thermostat temperature settings are met and sustained with more ease. Ultimately, this decrease in climate control strain results in lower power bills. Granted, with these windows, heating and cooling will be expensive to a certain degree, no matter how you go about it.

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Chilling out

One of my favorite opportunities to relax comes at a rather unusual weekly occasion. My father would always go on about how great his weekly fishing outings were for his overall well being and clarity of mind. For me, it is my trip to the laundromat that I look forward to all week. At my house, the kids are always running around and making noise, so even when I get home from work, it can be tough to get in any real relaxation. Therefore, the normally burdensome chore of doing laundry, has become my time of zen. It is almost like church for me. I don’t just go to any laundromat either, I go to the nice one. Even the HVAC system at this place is luxurious. You can really enjoy your time there. Right underneath the air conditioner vents are comfortable chairs where I just sit and zone out. At home, we run our climate control rather conservatively to save money. Typically, during the summer, our thermostat is set to around 79 and in the winter we tend to keep things around 68. This way, the heating and cooling equipment isn’t running the whole time. At the laundromat though, the air conditioner and heater are always kicking out the best air a person could ask for. The temperature and air quality over all there goes well with the concept of getting things clean. In a way, that HVAC system makes me feel like my clothes get cleaner there than at any other laundromat… climate control mind tricks perhaps, but it’s all very comforting.

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A rise in my HVAC settings

As I previously mentioned, ductless HVAC systems are the current trend in the HVAC industry. My employer is currently analyzing the benefits of the ductless system to determine whether we want to purchase one. The first benefit of the ductless HVAC system is efficiency. Without the use of a connected ducting system, one is able to better regulate the flow of air into each individual room. While technology has greatly improved the ability to zone air within ductwork, the ductless HVAC system guarantees zone-control. You never have to worry about your system overworking to regulate temperatures in a room located away from the HVAC system. This efficiency with the ductless HVAC system results in a twenty to fifty percent decrease in energy-related expenses. The other advantage of a ductless HVAC system is the elimination of leaky ductwork. If you own a standard HVAC system, you will experience a leaky duct at some point. Leaks in ductwork can cause a significant increase in energy consumption and can lead to additional strain and wear on your HVAC system. Once you transition to the ductless HVAC system, you will never again have to worry about the maintenance involved in standard HVAC ductwork. Of course, the other benefit that I mentioned to my boss was that the office will look much nicer without ductwork. I hate seeing those ugly ducts hanging from the ceiling. Ductless systems are also better for local municipalities, as they put less of a strain on their power grids. The standard HVAC systems have always been built to operate at maximum power regardless of the need.

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Helping my staff

The biggest complaint that I had heard from potential customers was that their current HVAC shop never seemed to respond fast enough to their A/C issues. The reality is that no one wants to wait very long when the air conditioning in their house stops working. This realization allowed me to quickly grow my customer base, as I was meeting their demands much faster than they had experienced with any HVAC shop before. The issue with the large HVAC companies is that they had become too big to the point that they could no longer handle rush requests. My biggest challenge with my one hour guarantee was the potential for two A/C service calls to happen within the same one to two hour window. If I received a call while on-site working on someone else’s air conditioning system, there would be no way to make it to the potential customer within an hour. I also could not afford to hire additional staff to assist me in emergency HVAC requests. Thankfully, I had a friend of mine who worked from home and set his own schedule, and I enlisted him as my on-call assistant to cover me when I was already on a HVAC service call. He did not have the expertise or experience in working on air conditioning system, but he was a very quick learner. I took him with me on a handful of HVAC service calls, and he was able to fill in for me in a matter of days. Last week, I celebrated my fifth year for my HVAC company, and I was able to officially hire my friend as my first full-time co-worker.

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Forcing the heater to run

I think that the fall season is the best time of year.  In the area where I live, the summers tend to be extremely hot and humid.  There are a ton of bugs and pollen flying around.  It is necessary to keep the windows closed and run the air conditioner.  Anytime I step outside, I end up sweaty and overheated.  Our winter season is equally as severe, with temperatures well below zero, bitter windchill and tons of snow.  We rely on the furnace for approximately six months straight.  It is necessary to bundle up in layers of sweaters, wool coat, and heavy boots to step outside.  While I look forward to spring, it is typically short, chilly and wet.  Very rarely can I shut down the furnace, and it seems that as soon as I no longer need the heating system, it’s time to start the air conditioner.  In the fall, we finally get some milder weather and go without heating or cooling for a couple of months.  I look forward to a break from ungodly high utility bills.  I am delighted when I can finally open the windows and allows some fresh air inside.  When the air conditioner or furnace are running, I need to be very conscious of energy usage.  I do everything possible to prevent the heated or cooled air from escaping outdoors.  This means keeping the windows shut tight and sealing up any crack or leak.  With no influx of fresh air, the house can become horribly stale and stuffy.  I have considered investing a ventilation system to improve indoor air quality.  

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