Last Monday started off amazingly well. I got a great night’s sleep, I ate my favorite breakfast, and I hit every green light on my way to work. When I arrived at work, I found a note on my desk that my boss wanted to see me. I went to his office and was informed that I received a raise. What a tremendous day! I went back to my desk and my phone rang. It was my wife. She was having a problem with the HVAC system. For some reason, it was blowing air through the ductwork, but it would not cool down. I assured her that I would call an HVAC technician and hung up the phone with her. I did a quick internet search to find a reliable HVAC company. These days, it was vital to check the reviews on any given company. This was especially true for an HVAC business. A broken HVAC system could set you back a ton of money if you were not careful.I found an HVAC business that was close to the house, and also had great reviews. I decided to give them a try. I called them up and asked the HVAC business owner for the special introductory coupon special I saw on their website. When I was checking reviews for this specific HVAC business I found a coupon for first time customers. It would save me 100 dollars off any repair costing 500 or more. He informed me that he didn’t have any HVAC technicians available to the following day. This is slightly aggravating, but it couldn’t ruin the great day I was having!
It was nice to take a moment to myself once in awhile. For the past few days I have been nonstop busy, and I finally was able to squeeze in 3 hours of personal time last night. I used that time to catch up on some reading, watch a little television, and find out what was going on in the world. I had been so busy that I couldn’t even watch the news! I went to my favorite news website, and caught up with current events. As I was reading, and advertisement popped up for a local HVAC business. That reminded me that I was in need of an HVAC system maintenance right about now. It had been over 6 months since my last heating and cooling system inspection. Now that I had a moment to reflect, I have been noticing that my air conditioner wasn’t working as well as usual. I tried to remember the last time I switched out my air filter, but I couldn’t pinpoint a precise date. I decided to call the HVAC business right then and there. If you neglect the maintenance of your home’s HVAC system, you will definitely regret it. A broken HVAC system can end up costing you thousands of much needed dollars. The man who answered the phone ta the HVAC business was extremely helpful, and was able to get an appointment set up relatively quickly. I even received a first time customer discount! What a difference a few free hours can make in one’s life and HVAC system performance levels.
Do you ever like to watch online videos? That is something I never really thought to do before, but lately I have discovered how fun it can be to watch online videos. There are online video channels about everything. You can watch people speed clean, watch doctors pop zits, and learn how to use certain software or build wooden furniture. The most amazing thing I am learning, though, is how to do household things. I recently learned all about water heaters and how they work. Water heaters are not really as complicated as I thought. Water heaters have these coils in them that kind of resemble a heater element in an oven, and it is those water heater coils that heat the water. The reason the water heaters are so big is because that heater tank just stores the water so it is there when you need it. I was telling my niece about the hot water heater videos, and she started watching them too. Then, lo and behold, one day, her shower water would not get hot. Her first instinct was to call in a water heater repair person, but then she remembers the videos. She went online and typed in how to know what is wrong with my water heater. She got a multitude of hits and watched a PBS video about water heaters being installed and water heater repairs. There was a plumber explaining how to diagnose what might be wrong if your water heater was not providing hot water all of a sudden. She was able to figure it out, but she did not have the parts she needed, so she was forced to call in a water heater repair guy anyway, but still it was fun knowing what was wrong and not feeling stupid.
Have you ever noticed that when you lose your creature comforts you can’t concentrate very well? That is certainly the case for me. If I do not have the good indoor air quality that a solid HVAC system provides, I suddenly can’t think at all. Without air conditioning I become flat out stupid. I mean, if the a/c is not working optimally at my office, my employer would be better off sending me home. Without air conditioning to take the humidity out of the air and also keep me cool, I am liable to make costly mistakes. One time, when I was at home and the air conditioning was on the fritz, I decided it would be a great idea to order a portable a/c unit from the online shopping channel. For over three hundred dollars! Really? They are not that great. I am spoiled rotten, though, and need my comfortable air conditioning in order to make good decisions. Where I used to work before, we owned the building, so if the HVAC broke or just needed service, we would get it right away. But now, at my new job, we rent office space, and the building managers are not that quick to spend money fixing the HVAC. I almost sent out an email that was written like a kindergartener hat written it just because i couldn’t concentrate due to lack of good indoor air quality. Sheesh. I have to be ultra careful if the air conditioning is on the fritz.
I recently learned that there are a multitude of private career focused schools and colleges in my state. In my particular area, there are only a few, so I did not realize that in other parts of the state there are many of them. I already have a college degree, which I worked very hard to earn, but nevertheless, I am interested in attending one of these job-preparatory schools. Specifically, I want to take the HVAC installation, HVAC repair, and HVAC maintenance classes at one of these schools. The school I want to attend is a for-profit school, so some people say it is not a good idea to go there to learn HVAC maintenance and so forth. However, I recently spoke to several HVAC company owners, and they told me that they always hire people who graduate from those HVAC programs at the school I am interested in. They have told me that the school may not have a big budget to advertise and sujch, and they can’t compete with the state-run schools as far as reaching out to students, but they certainly do a great job teaching the fundamentals of HVAC services. The school has what is called the HVAC lab, and in that place are several different HVAC units. They are all broken and in disrepair, and it is up to the students and teachers to discover what is wrong with each air conditioner or heater. They have heat pumps, window a/c units, programmable thermostats, ductwork. You name it, they got it. I think it will be fun to learn about this HVAC business because it is expensive to hire HVAC service companies. Maybe I can learn to fix my own HVAC system for both fun and profit.
Few things terrify me more than job interviews. Thankfully, I have had a solid job for the past several years, but I will never forget the last job interview that I had. It was for the job that I hold today, though how I managed to get this job with that interview, I have no idea! I showed up for the interview, and I was running really close on time, so I ran up the stairs instead of taking the elevator to the fourth floor. Of course, I was in heels, so this was a little painful. Upon reaching the fourth floor, I realized that I had left my blazer in my car! I felt so unprofessional, and I was very angry with myself for having forgot it. I walked into the receptionist area and was immediately hit with a wave of frigid air conditioning so strong that I could feel goosebumps immediately. Now, with the air conditioning, I was really missing my blazer! I got called in for the interview, and the air conditioning was so cold that my teeth were chattering! When the interviewer shook my hand, she recoiled because it felt like a block of ice. The air conditioning really messed with my brain, too. I could not think clearly, and whenever I tried to speak, my words got jumbled up because my teeth were still chattering. All I could think of was how cold I was, and how much I wanted my blazer. I knew that I was failing the interview, but I was so cold from the air conditioning that I did not care. As soon as it was over, I almost ran downstairs and away from the air conditioning. Miraculously, I got that job.
After seeing advertisements everywhere lately for smart thermostats, I finally buckled down and bought one a few weeks ago when I saw it on sale at a department store. For such a small little device, the smart thermostat has certainly made a big impact on how happy I am with my climate control! I use the smart thermostat for two reasons: to control my thermostat remotely, and to be more energy efficient, and thus, more budget conscious. With my new smart thermostat, I can adjust my thermostat from an app on my phone. Every morning, on my way to work, I turn the climate control up several degrees so as not to waste energy. Every afternoon, on my way home, I turn my thermostat down a few degrees so that my house is comfortable when I return. After just a few weeks of use, my smart thermostat has learned my preferences and has begun to automatically adjusts! This has been a huge lifesaver for me because I used to forget to adjust my thermostat all the time, and then feel guilty all day at work for letting my air conditioning cool my house for no reason! The other nice thing about the smart thermostat is that, at night, if I get too cold or too hot, I can just adjust my thermostat settings right in bed without having to get up! This is such a lovely convenience. I am so glad that I got a smart thermostat, and I cannot wait to see how much money I save on my utility bill each month!
Whenever I go to visit my brother, Jefferson, I know that I need to prepare as if I were going to visit a frozen tundra. Jefferson is absolutely obsessed with climate control, and his air quality is seriously impressive. He feels about HVAC the way that some guys feel about trucks or shoes or sports. He has a brand new HVAC system with a smart thermostat and a geothermal heat pump. He gets his HVAC unit serviced every couple of weeks to keep things in pristine condition, and he uses expensive air filters to keep dust and allergens out of the air. Oddly enough, he does not work in the HVAC industry, and has no interest in doing so. He just enjoys keeping his home atmosphere very crisp and cool. While I do appreciate his desire for perfect air quality, I find the temperature of his home to be too cold for my personal taste. The last time that I went to visit him, the thermostat was set to 62 degrees, which to me is cold enough to wear thermal underclothes, a hoodie, and thick socks! To Jefferson, though, this is the temperature at which he can breathe properly. Whenever I go to visit him, I try my hardest to persuade him to do things outside of the house as often as possible so that I can escape the air conditioning. If I cannot persuade him, then I just go for a run! I know that when I come back from my run, the air conditioned house will feel great…until I cool off.
Today I would like to share a very peculiar story with you, the reader. When people say that they were raised under curious circumstances, few can say so with as much certainty and conviction as I can. You see, my parents were a very odd pair to say the least. What I knew to be normal, was typically very unusual by other people’s standards. I was obsessed with video games as a child, so I never got out or saw other households to compare mine to. The strangest thing about my experience is probably the now infamous refrigerator fiasco. Though they were far from minimalists, my parents never believed in refrigeration. Therefore, I was unfamiliar with the concept all together. The air conditioner at our house was the only thing that ever cooled my cheese. Therefore, when the HVAC system at my college dorm hall was not the only way to keep food cool, I learned what climate control systems were ACTUALLY designed for. Human comfort had never occurred to me as a air conditioner goal. Nobody ever told me otherwise, but I guess I always just associated our home HVAC system with firm cheese. I recall once being confused about having our heater running during the winter. I pondered why we would ever want to cause our cheese to become soft. Air conditioning, as it turns out though, is completely intended to keep us people cool! Climate control had a whole new meaning to me from this day forth. I grew to be truly grateful for the A/C in my life and also learned to embrace refrigeration technology.
I never got started reading books until I was well into my teens. A lot of my classmates would pick on me when I was in elementary school because I did not like to read. They would act like I was unable to do so and call me stupid and retarded. However, even when I was young, my brain was rather advanced. I excelled particularly at math and I was very creative. So my theory is that I never picked up a book that was good enough to stimulate all that mental potential, until I read my first medieval hero story. Since then I have been hooked. I read stories about knights and kings every day. I even have a reading throne with an HVAC system built right into it. It is styled like an 800 year old throne, but I modified it with both heating and cooling equipment for the ultimate reading experience. Honestly, I can’t tell whether the climate control or the cushions are the bigger contributor to my comfort. Either way, a chair without air conditioning and heating built into it would never satisfy me from here on out. The idea for the HVAC chair came from a dream actually, in which I had taken one of my car seats out and the climate control feature still worked, even though it was not hooked up to any electricity. Of course, heating and cooling equipment requires some form of energy source, so my throne’s HVAC features do require electricity. However, they are incredibly energy efficient. Who needs a home HVAC system when you already have one built into your chair?