Learning every aspect of the HVAC business

I was born into a wealthy family. From a very young age I was informed that I was a very fortunate child, and that I would not be growing up like the stereotypical rich kid. My parents had both struggled for years, and didn’t want me to have everything in life just handed to me. So while I definitely had a comfortable life with more advantages than most, I still had to work hard for what I had. I started my first part time job when I was fifteen, and have been working my way up the corporate ladder ever since. Since the family fortune came from a successful HVAC equipment supply chain, my first job was in the warehouse. I drove a forklift, and loaded furnaces and industrial sized air conditioning units off of, and onto, trucks. When I got older, I started riding in the trucks with the HVAC system delivery teams, where we would unload them and put them into place so the heating and cooling techs could finish the installation. I was not certified as an HVAC technician so there were certain jobs I could not do, but I did my best to learn everything else. One summer I secretly took some night classes to help me prepare for the HVAC certification test. I wanted to surprise my family and show the initiative they wanted to see and become a licensed HVAC technician without the help of anyone else. When I passed the test, I proudly showed my parents my HVAC repair certification. They were very proud, and put me right to work doing AC service calls.

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Dog lovers need air filters

I am a dog person, and to be honest with you I prefer the company of canines to that of humans. Dogs are loyal. If you treat them right, raise them and care for them, then they reward you with a lifetime of blindly loyal service. Dogs are not only protective, but incredibly intelligent and capable of helping their masters in any number of situations. Of course, I don’t keep dogs because of what they can do for me, I just love them. I am actually using dogs to make a keen point about something else. You see, much like a dog, your home HVAC system will reward you with a lifetime of exemplary service if you take proper care of them. Heating and cooling systems can enhance your life, make you more comfortable, and help reduce stress levels, just like dogs. They also require regular care and cleaning, when an air conditioner gets dirty and sick it can pollute the entire house. But an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, so routine maintenance and service on your home HVAC system will ensure it has a long and healthy life. And when the HVAC system is healthy, that helps your own health, as well. The heightened air quality in your home helps your lungs and cardiovascular health. The climate control system will keep the air temperature at the perfect level for you. And in my case, if you have a lot of pets the air filters will remove all of the dander and allergens from the household.

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Why did I try to fix my own AC?

I always make the same mistake, trying to fix something when I shouldn’t, and then I make everything worse. My daughter had a problem with her drawing tablet, for example. The special electronic pen it came with was not working. I assumed the problem was that it needed batteries, so I tried to unscrew the end and replace them. It was stuck, so I twisted harder and harder until it finally came off. Only then did I realize it needed a charger and a USB port, and didn’t use batteries. So I just broke the thing open for nothing. True story! And because I am a dummy who doesn’t learn lessons, I went on to break my home AC system the very same week. Why did I try to fix my own air conditioner? Well, it seemed like a smart idea at the time, because I thought the thermostat just needed a little tweaking. My tweaking can be a little destructive, though, so my thermostat ended up in several very large shards of plastic on the hallway floor. After that the heating kicked on and simply would not turn off no matter what. My wife told me to just turn off the power to the furnace, but at that point I was feeling gun shy. After all, so far I had smashed the thermostat, but if I tried to turn the power off to shut down the central furnace, I might inflict even worse damage. All I can do now is hope the AC repair technician arrives on time to help us out.

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She never had AC in her house

It’s strange how your mood can influence your memory. Have you ever seen a movie while you were in a bad mood, and you totally hated it? And then at some time later you happen to see the movie again, only this time you aren’t depressed or angry. And then you realize the movie is actually good, and it was just your bad mood that made you dislike it in the first place? It has happened to me more than once, and not just with movies. That was just an example I think we can all relate to. For me, it was Grammy’s house, because the last time I went there it was summertime and she had no AC in her house. So my memory of the visit was terrible, but then I return there last week, and now it is winter so the lack of cooling didn’t matter at all. I had the best time! We sat next to the fireplace, burning logs and sipping beer and catching up on days gone by. The wood burning furnace is her only heating source for her little house, but I tell you it is powerful! She had never had an air conditioner in her whole life, not surprising for a lady who withstood the Great Depression. Later on in life she declined on getting an HVAC installed, because she felt it was a luxury, and that all she truly needed was a modest furnace for the winters, and a stiff breeze on a hot summer’s day. AC or not, I’m going back to visit her!

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HEPA filters for health reasons

Every winter it seems as though the outbreak of sickness gets worse and worse. This year doctors are seeing more cases of the flu and colds than ever before. I am almost afraid to go for my annual physical because I don’t want to be exposed to people who are there for illnesses. I’m worried that the doctor’s office doesn’t have a powerful enough filtration system to keep the spread of germs down. My own HVAC system has a powerful HEPA filter built-in so that it removes not only dust and debris from the air, but germs and allergens as well. I made this change about a year ago, and it’s just made a huge difference in the health of my family. My oldest son suffered for years with asthma and allergy problem, and since we made this change, he is much better. We even encourage him to have his friends at our house instead of him going somewhere else for fear that other homes are not as protected. I know I may sound like a paranoid person, but I do the best I can to keep myself and my family healthy year round. If this means staying home and knowing that we are safe, so be it.  Maybe I will call and reschedule my annual physical for the summer when people are not as sick as they are now. I can also call the doctor’s office and see what type of HVAC system and filtration system they have. Maybe I will even suggest that they upgrade to a HEPA filter for their space too.

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Up a creek without an air conditioner

Going to school to become an environmental specialist is a very taxing thing to do. We’ve had to study the effects of populations on the ever-changing ecosystem and sometimes it can be a daunting task. Last summer our group set out on a week-long river trip to discover what problems have been caused by recent flooding in an area. The plan was that we would travel during the day and have stopping points along the way where we could sleep. For the most part there were camping spots, but we looked forward to the third night because we were going to be staying in a hotel. I couldn’t wait to arrive and be able to take a proper shower and relax in an air-conditioned space. Little did I know that the hotel was far from anything that would be considered modern. It was located in a small town. It basically had a post office, grocery store, and a gas station. It was one of those places where all of the residents know each other and most of them are related. The hotel was nothing more than an old house that had been converted into rooms and it didn’t have many of the modern conveniences that we would expect to find at a hotel. I was able to take a hot shower, however there was no form of HVAC system at all. When I asked what they did to keep cool, the person at the front desk simply said that they could give me a box fan if I wanted it. She said that they didn’t feel it was worth the expense of putting in an air conditioning unit when most of the time they didn’t have any out-of-town guests, anyway.

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Up a creek without an air conditioner

Going to school to become an environmental specialist is a very taxing thing to do. We’ve had to study the effects of populations on the ever-changing ecosystem and sometimes it can be a daunting task. Last summer our group set out on a week-long river trip to discover what problems have been caused by recent flooding in an area. The plan was that we would travel during the day and have stopping points along the way where we could sleep. For the most part there were camping spots, but we looked forward to the third night because we were going to be staying in a hotel. I couldn’t wait to arrive and be able to take a proper shower and relax in an air-conditioned space. Little did I know that the hotel was far from anything that would be considered modern. It was located in a small town. It basically had a post office, grocery store, and a gas station. It was one of those places where all of the residents know each other and most of them are related. The hotel was nothing more than an old house that had been converted into rooms and it didn’t have many of the modern conveniences that we would expect to find at a hotel. I was able to take a hot shower, however there was no form of HVAC system at all. When I asked what they did to keep cool, the person at the front desk simply said that they could give me a box fan if I wanted it. She said that they didn’t feel it was worth the expense of putting in an air conditioning unit when most of the time they didn’t have any out-of-town guests, anyway.

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Give me a break!

I am a chicken when it comes to a lot things, and i hate watching spine-chilling films, I hate Halloween, as well as all the people know I will never walk into a haunted place.  With that being said, the loud tapping noises that my Heating as well as A/C unit has been making has certainly been scaring myself and others the last few evenings, but every time I turn it on, it will make a big bang, almost exactly the sound of a rattle; The first day that I heard this was at night when I setting my Heating as well as A/C temperature control to a low setting as well as went off to rest. In less than five minutes, I began to hear a loud rattling noise that raised the hairs on my legs. I live alone, so it was certainly a mission to get up as well as to see where the banging was coming from. I was clutching my sheets toggling back as well as forth about when I would finally build up the courage to fight what sounded like a massive snake monster. Then finally, I got up as well as grabbed my flashlight as a weapon of defense as well as peeked into the hallway, and making my way downstairs, I could hear the noise getting louder as i traveled, and all of the lights were on at this point when I found that the noise was coming from my Heating as well as A/C unit! I suddenly shut it off as well as tried to peek inside of the Heating as well as A/C unit for a closer peek, relieved that it wasn’t a burglar, I turned my Heating as well as A/C unit back on, as well as the rattling started back up! Clearly, it seemed that there was a piece being rocked inside of the Heating as well as A/C. Then, I turned it off, went back to sleep, as well as suddenly made an appointment the next morning to have it fixed, and no more sleepless nights for me!

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Adulting

When I was growing up, I never really realized just how much responsibility a person has once they reach a certain age. Now that I have graduate college and have been finally living on my own, I have been adulting…or at least trying to. Living on my own has had its highs and lows, but I have learned so much already. I have basically become my very own maintenance man, fixing things all over my apartment. It has felt really good to know that I don’t have to depend on someone for every little thing. However, there is just one thing that I can’t ever wrap my head around, and that’s the HVAC system in my apartment. The place isn’t the best, but it’s definitely not the worse as the HVAC unit is pretty decent, it just seems to need a minor repair. When I turn on the cooling, it seems to only blow out hot air. Of course, I’m a kid of the digital age, so right away I went over to my computer to check online to see what could possibly be wrong with my HVAC unit. I found that there were a few reason why this HVAC issue could’ve happened, but I decided it was best to call a local HVAC professional for this one. When I told the HVAC company about my HVAC issue, they said that they would send over one of their HVAC techs to provide me some assistance. In no time, the HVAC tech was over and located the issue telling me that there was just one part that needed to be replaced. I’m heading to a HVAC store next weekend so I can get my HVAC unit back in business!

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Needed ac on the trip

I was always an outdoorsy person.  When I was a kid, I was outside from sunup till sundown.  I only came in long enough to eat a meal, and if I couple of bucks in my pocket, I would grab a burger or a hot dog, and stay outside.  We played baseball, basketball, and we even did some digging in someone’s garden, if they gave us a buck or two to do it.  Our family loved to go to the beach, so I enjoyed those times too.  This was really cool, because I was great at building elaborate sand castles, and as I got older, this attracted a lot of girls.  The nice thing about being outside, was ultimately the fact that I could go inside, where I knew the air conditioning was going to help cool me off.  It was the same with the beach house that my parents rented every year.  I could go inside and relax in the air conditioning, get my shower, and then head out after dinner, if I had met a girl.  I remember one year, however, when the air conditioning didn’t work quite as well.  I had stayed behind for a bit, after my family headed out.  I noticed that the air conditioning wasn’t throwing off very  much air.  I turned the thermostat down, but nothing happened, so I tried to turn the thermostat down again.  I was thinking about waiting for mom and dad, but I was seventeen, so I called the HVAC company.  They were more than happy to come out and fix the AC, and the bill even went to the rental company.  The air conditioning was working well before mom and dad came back, and I went out on a date.

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