Ductwork and how it works

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!

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I keep on rushing

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!

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This place could use a restoration

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 love this dance studio

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.

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I got some awesome advice

 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.

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My A/C unit broke

As a married couple with four children under the age of ten, my wife and I do not get a lot of quiet time. This isn’t a complaint, just a reality. It was our choice to live this life, and we are very happy with our children and our home. But still, sometimes we just want to get out for a little while and have a date like in the old days. Paying for babysitting for 4 kids isn’t cheap, but once every couple of months we spend the money and have a little escape.

          Last weekend was our date night. We had planned it, but we hadn’t planned on the AC in our house breaking down. Now not only were all of us sweltering hot without any cooling system to help us out, but we were also looking at another extra bill to get it fixed. Common sense said that we should put the family first and forgo the date night so we could spend that money on HVAC system repairs.
         Instead I called up the babysitter like normal, and offered her a few extra bucks to watch the kids in a house with no AC in it. She wasn’t thrilled at the idea, but the extra cash made up for the lack of a cooling system this time. So while the kids were at home, we went out to a nice air conditioned diner and had a nice quiet meal. Then we went to a movie, had a great time, before going home and only then figuring out what to do about our AC problem.

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AC equipment and the pets

 I love my girlfriend, I really do, but I have a hard time dealing with her pets. She is an animal person. She used to work in a zoo, before an accident with a giraffe made her retire on disability, and now she keeps a mini zoo in her home. Well, now it’s our home, but if we don’t find a way to make it work I won’t be living here for much longer. I like animals, don’t get me wrong, but liking them and sharing my space with so many of them are two different things. I may need to do something expensive like upgrade the entire central HVAC system for the house, just to keep living here.

           It’s not so much the noise, even though the birds and cats are all very loud, it’s the indoor air quality. Animals stink by nature, especially when they relieve themselves on a newspaper on the floor, and the air filters and vents in the house just aren’t getting the job done. I don’t even care about temperature control that much, I’m pretty easy going when it comes to running the AC. But our current HVAC system is only a few years old, and it has HEPA air filters in it which are the best you can buy, and the house still stinks!

          I have an appointment with an HVAC contractor next week, where he will show me some options for air filtration units that may solve of my problems. Otherwise, I have to decide between AC, the animals, and my girlfriend.

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I’m going to fix this air conditioner

Some people invent things, and then other people take apart those inventions, study them, and make them better. Both types of people are inventors, it’s just that one type works on big ideas, and the other type takes those big ideas and modifies them to become more useful. I have a friend who is part of the second group. He likes to buy electronics equipment, take it apart, and see if he can make faster, stronger, or more powerful. He can’t build a stereo, but he can take your stereo and make it louder!

          He never went to night school, and never got certified as an HVAC repair technician, yet he can strip a window AC unit down to its bare parts and rebuild it better than new. I’m the one who convinced him he should start charging for his time, because he was fixing air conditioners for free and could have been making some cash. He works on a lot more than just cooling systems, of course, but we are in the middle of the dog days of summer, and people are running their air conditioners 24/7, so his skills for that are in demand at the moment.

       In a few months, when the cold days really hit the area, I’m sure he will have a lot of requests to work on furnaces and space heaters. If this keeps up, he will have a real HVAC repair service on his hands, which means he will probably have to make it legal and start paying taxes for all the AC units he fixes.

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Saving a huge amount of money

Last week I was holding a very important business lunch meeting in my home. I was not taking any chances with anything going wrong. I even hired a caterer for the occasion! If I made this business deal, it would result in a substantial increase in my family’s income level. I truly needed to make this deal happen. The night before the big lunch meeting, we had a miniature HVAC system disaster in my home. I was sleeping peacefully, when all of a sudden I woke up to a very hot home. I groggily woke up and went to check the thermostat to see what it said. The thermostat informed me that the air handler was running, but the indoor temperature read at a steamy 91 degrees! I could hear air coming out through the vents and ductwork, so I knew the air handler was in fact working. I grabbed a flashlight and went out to look at the other half of my HVAC system. I own a relatively new condenser unit out in my backyard. I went outside to check on it, and sure enough it wasn’t working. I was hoping it would be a simple HVAC system fix. I haven’t had the capacitor replaced in quite a few years, I sure hoped that was the case! I knew how to change the capacitor on my own, so it would save me a huge amount of money that I would have to otherwise spend on an HVAC technician. When the sun came up I asked my neighbor to borrow hsi HVAC system tools. Sure enough, it was the capacitor! I drove over to the store to get a new one, and soon had my HVAc system repaired and working. My lunch business meeting was also a huge success!

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Writing gets cold

I love my job. It allows me to work from home, which is an amazing change for me. I never realized before how much I truly hated having to rush out the door every morning to go sit in an office building. Often I was there for no reason, and I was counting the things I’d rather be doing at home. It felt like torture to watch the minutes tick by, knowing I had so many other activities that I could be tackling. Now I can get everything done and schedule my work around my own life – it feels amazing! The hardest part of the whole job is sitting still for several hours on end. I tend to get very, very cold when I’m sitting in one place, and even with the ability to change the thermostat, nothing seems to resolve my problem. I have tried bumping up the indoor air temperature a few degrees, but feel entirely guilty for the amount of energy I’m wasting. The extra warmth doesn’t seem worthwhile when I’m paying to heat up the entire house. Every time I hear the furnace chugging along, I feel immensely anxious and immediately start thinking of my energy bill. I’ve tried to wear extra layers instead of using the heater, but even with extra sweater, socks, and gloves, I still catch a chill when I’m staring at my computer. The cost of heating my house during the weekdays never even crossed my mind before. I honestly had no idea that the HVAC system would cause me so much stress.  

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