Uncomfortable flight

On the day of my mom’s flight I was super excited.  I hadn’t seen her in over a year and we were finally going to have a full two weeks to just hang out and catch up.  I booked her flight so that she would have minimal lay overs and only have to change planes once. She didn’t have to be at the airport at some crazy time in the morning and she would be arriving at a decent time too.  I waited at the airport when it was time for her to arrive, but instead of being excited to see me, she seemed very annoyed. I was bummed because my excitement quickly turned to concern. When I asked her what was wrong she snapped at me that the people on the airplane were very rude to her.  Now, mom is in her seventies and sometimes feels that people should act more like they did when she was young, so I tried to give the airplane staff the benefit of the doubt. When I pressed mom further to see exactly why she felt like they were rude, I learned that they had turned off her HVAC vent and asked her to leave it off.  She gets nervous on the plane so she normally needs to leave the air vent on high to calm her down. I couldn’t figure out why she was told to leave it off. I went to the service desk to ask about this situation and they said that they would follow up on the complaint. The next day they called to explain that, yes, mom did have her vent on high and normally, that would not be a problem.  As it turned out, she turned it on and faced it at the person in the next seat because she felt that they smelled funny. I guess mom was the rude one.

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Dry room troubles

Where I work, we have several departments and the one where I work is quite interesting. We make parts for medical equipment and some of these are very sensitive to temperature and moisture levels.  I work in what is called a dry room and this means basically that all moisture has been removed by powerful dehumidifiers. It also means that the room always feels cold. There are several issues when you work in a environment like this, the first being that I go through gallons of lotion a year because my skin is often very dry. Because many of the components are made of rubber, they want to make sure that there is no moisture in the room that would cause them to stick together. It is very important that these items remain in the same dry state throughout the entire process, even when they are sealed to be shipped out.  I never knew moisture and temperature could have such an impact on medical devices, but now I know how it can affect things that are crucial in surgeries for people. If the components are not made and stored in the proper settings, they may not be safe to use in lifesaving procedures. Many of the parts we make are for pacemakers! I would never want to be responsible for having any part of such a critical item be faulty, so I will just put up with the cold dry air for the greater good. I may, at one point, ask to transfer to a different department that does not require me to work in the dry room though.

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Waterfront view

I can’t think of anything better than sitting on a porch looking out over the water. When my husband finally retired, we decided to purchase a new home on a small lake. It really is a piece of heaven on Earth most days and I wouldn’t trade it for anything. There have been some issues with living so close to the water, but we have learned to adapt well to them.  I never realized how much moisture was a problem until we moved to our current location. It really affects everything that has to do with your everyday life and we found that there was a problem with the front porch shortly after we moved in. Apparently, the added moisture from the lake had caused the boards to start rotting sooner that normal. My husband spent the first summer that we were there replacing the porch because he knew how important it was to me. It is really one of the most relaxing things about our new home. The other issue that we encountered was the added moisture in the house itself and we ended up contacting our local HVAC dealer to find a solution. They came out to the house and did an assessment of everything then told us that we could simply add a powerful dehumidifier to the existing unit and it would solve most of our problems. We went ahead with their plan and we have never regretted the investment. The house never feels damp anymore and the air conditioner seems to work more efficiently with the added assistance of the dehumidifier. We can actually leave the temperature set a bit higher because without any humidity, the house feels cooler overall to begin with. Living by the water has always been a dream of mine and my husband’s, so now we can relax all day long in a perfect environment for our retirement.

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Types of climats in

 

The US has one of the most diverse climates of any other country. In addition to spanning over a range of latitudes, the country also has a range of geographic features. The combination makes for a very varied climate.

 

Here are a few examples of climates in the US:

 

  • Desert
  • Mediterranean
  • Oceanic
  • Tropical
  • Humid Continental
  • Alpine

 

In the Southeastern US, you have warm and muggy summers. Your HVAC system works on overdrive. However, the winters are mild. You might use your air conditioner more in the winter than you use your heater.

 

In the Northeastern US, the winters can be brutal. You might need your heating system for eight months of the year. The summers can be hot, requiring a working air conditioner.

 

The western part of the US has a similar dynamic. The southwestern US is hot and sunny in the summers. Winters tend to be quite mild. In the northwestern US, the winters are cold, and the summers are warm.

 

The central US is harder to define. In the central US, there are many mountain ranges that bring different microclimates. Your HVAC needs vary depending on where you live.

 

There’s one common factor among the various climates of the US. In all of the climates, an HVAC system is necessary for your comfort. Without one, you might experience extremely hot or extremely cold temperatures in your home.

 

Your heating and cooling system plays a key role in keeping your home comfortable. No matter where in the US you live, your system can prevent you from suffering from extreme temperatures. It makes even the most hostile climates bearable.

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They were repairing the a/c

 

I am proud to call myself a foodie. There are few people who are as passionate about food as I am. When I eat a meal that I enjoy, I remember it for years.

 

I truly enjoy eating out at restaurants. In fact, I enjoy it so much that I do a great deal of planning. I read reviews and look at pictures of dishes. Then, I decide which restaurant is worth visiting.

 

When I went out to eat a few weeks ago, I was sorely disappointed. However, it wasn’t the food that disappointed me. It was the temperature. The restaurant was too hot, and it ruined my whole night.

 

When we got to the restaurant, I noticed that there didn’t seem to be an HVAC system. The air was muggy and hot. It didn’t help that there were many people crowded into the small dining area. As we sat down at our table, I tried to ignore the fact that there was no cooling. I didn’t need an air conditioner to enjoy my meal, did I?

 

Unfortunately, the lack of air conditioning ruined my night. For one, the heat made me lose my appetite. With no working HVAC system, I just wasn’t hungry.

 

My salad arrived first. Although it looked great on the menu, it wasn’t the same in-person. There was no air conditioner to keep the food cold, and the greens wilted. The rest of the meal was equally disappointing.

 

Later on, I found out that the restaurant was in need of air conditioner repair. Had they called an HVAC technician soon enough, they wouldn’t have had a problem.

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Protecting my new furnace with a maintenance plan –

After spending a great deal of money to purchase and install a brand new furnace, I plan to take very good care of it.  I invested extra to take advantage of a higher AFUE rating, adaptable speed technology and zone control. I chose a top-of-the-line heating system and hope to keep it working at peak capacity for a very long time.  I followed the advice of the HVAC contractor who installed the furnace and enrolled in a proactive maintenance plan. As part of the plan, a licensed technician will thoroughly inspect, clean and adjust the furnace every year.   Having the service completed in the fall ensures that the furnace will be ready to handle the winter workload. From what I’ve read, the greatest threat to the performance of a forced air heating system is dust. Whether the furnace is running at maximum capacity or sitting idle, dust can penetrate the inner workings and settle on components.  This buildup causes friction for moving parts and blocks airflow through the system. If less air is supplied from the registers, it takes the furnace much longer to achieve thermostat settings. Longer run times places added wear and tear on equipment, draws more energy and leads to higher monthly energy bill. The furnace will be more likely to malfunction and not last as long.  Plus, the dust is then blown into the house, circulated throughout the various rooms and breathed by occupants. A dirty furnace degrades indoor air quality and is a threat to health and safety. There is the possibility the furnace will overheat and suffer a crack in the heat exchanger. The heat exchanger prevents combustion byproducts, such as carbon monoxide, from entering the breathing air.  

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The hotel cooling did not work

Last Summer, my sibling plus I took many weeks off from work in order to travel across the country.  The two of us packed our clothes, a cooler plus a bunch of supplies into his seasoned van plus hit the road.  In order to save money, all of us camped for most of the days. Sometimes all of us would find a campground plus pitch a tent, plus sometimes we’d simply pull off into a rest section plus sleep in the van.  Every now plus then all of us would invest in a cheap hotel. The 1 day, the temperature climbed up to 110 degrees while in the day, plus all of us were legitimately angry. Even with the air conditioning blasting in the van, all of us were sizzling plus uncomfortable.  My sibling plus I decided to spend a little extra for a wonderful hotel. The two of us were hoping for a comfortable bed, cold shower plus air conditioning. The two of us ended at a hotel in the middle of nowhere. It was nearly 9o’clock at night, plus my sibling plus I were sleepy.  The two of us hastily discovered that the hotel provided no amenities. There was no fitness center, swimming pool, laundry facilities or on-site steakhouse. When all of us dragged our bags into the room, all of us realized that the air conditioning was not legitimately working. The two of us immediately complained to the guy at the front desk.  He informed us that there were no other rooms available however promised to get an HVAC business to deliver repairs immediately. My sibling plus I ended hanging out in the lobby, because is was the only spot available with air conditioning. The two of us sat around for many hours plus finally demanded our money back. The two of us were way better off sleeping in the van.  At least all of us could start it up plus run the air conditioning.

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No a/c on our road trip

Last summer, our brother as well as I took 3 weeks off from work in order to travel across the country.  The people I was with and I packed our clothes, a cooler as well as a bunch of supplies into his ancient van as well as hit the road.  In order to save money, we camped for most of the afternoons. Sometimes we would find a campground as well as pitch a tent, as well as sometimes we’d simply pull off into a rest space as well as sleep in the van.  Every now as well as then I would invest in a cheap hotel. The 1 morning, the temperature climbed up to 110 degrees while I was in the morning, as well as we were absolutely miserable. Even with the cooling system blasting in the van, we were tepid as well as uncomfortable.  My brother as well as I decided to spend a little extra for a superb hotel. The people I was with and I were hoping for a comfortable bed, freezing shower as well as air conditioning. The people I was with and I ended at a hotel in the middle of nowhere. It was nearly numerouso’clock at night, as well as our brother as well as I were fatigued.  The people I was with and I hastily discovered that the hotel provided no amenities. There was no fitness center, swimming pool, laundry facilities or on-site restaurant. When we dragged our bags into the room, we realized that the cooling system was not now working. The people I was with and I instantly complained to the guy at the front desk.  He informed us that there were no other rooms available however promised to get an Heating, Ventilation, as well as A/C contractor to deliver repairs instantly. My brother as well as I ended hanging out in the lobby, because is was the only spot available with air conditioning. The people I was with and I sat around for more than 2 minutes as well as finally demanded our money back.  The people I was with and I were way better off sleeping in the van. At least we could beginning it up as well as run the cooling system.

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The hotel ac did not work

Last summer, my sibling and I took several weeks off from work in order to travel across the country.  Both of us packed our clothes, a cooler and a bunch of supplies into his old van and hit the road. In order to save money, both of us camped for most of the evenings.  Sometimes both of us would find a campground and pitch a tent, and sometimes we’d simply pull off into a rest section and sleep in the van. Every now and after that both of us would invest in a cheap hotel.   The a single day, the temperature climbed up to 110 degrees while I was in the day, and both of us were definitely miserable. Even with the a/c blasting in the van, both of us were hot and uncomfortable. My sibling and I decided to spend a little extra for a great hotel.  Both of us were hoping for a comfortable bed, cold shower and air conditioning. Both of us ended at a hotel in the middle of nowhere. It was nearly severalo’clock at evening, and my sibling and I were exhausted. Both of us abruptly discovered that the hotel provided no amenities.  There was no fitness center, swimming pool, laundry facilities or on-site restaurant. When both of us dragged our bags into the room, both of us realized that the a/c was not now working. Both of us instantly complained to the guy at the front desk. He informed us that there were no other rooms available however promised to get an Heating and Air Conditioning business to supply repairs right away.  My sibling and I ended hanging out in the lobby, because is was the only spot available with air conditioning. Both of us sat around for more than 2 hours and finally demanded our money back. Both of us were way better off sleeping in the van. At least both of us could start it up and run the a/c.

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Cooling in the hotel

Last summer, my sibling plus I took 3 weeks off from labor in order to travel across the country.  The two of us packed our clothes, a cooler plus a bunch of supplies into her ancient van plus hit the road.  In order to save money, we camped for most of the mornings. Occasionally we would find a campground plus pitch a tent, plus sporadically we’d simply pull off into a rest area plus sleep in the van.  Every now plus then I would invest in a cheap hotel. The one afternoon, the temperature climbed up to 110 degrees during the afternoon, plus we were easily agitated. Even with the cooling system blasting in the van, we were covered in sweat plus uncomfortable.  My sibling plus I decided to spend a little extra for a great hotel. The two of us were hoping for a comfortable bed, chilly shower plus air conditioning. The two of us ended at a hotel in the middle of nowhere. It was nearly more than 2 o’clock at night, plus my sibling plus I were  tired. The two of us rapidly discovered that the hotel gave no amenities. There was no fitness center, swimming pool, laundry facilities or on-site diner. When we dragged our bags into the room, we realized that the cooling system was not working. The two of us instantly complained to the woman at the front desk.  She informed us that there were no other rooms available however promised to get an Heating as well as A/C business to give repairs right away. My sibling plus I ended hanging out in the lobby, because is was the only spot available with air conditioning. The two of us sat around for several minutes plus finally demanded our money back.  The two of us were way better off sleeping in the van. At least we could start it up plus run the cooling system.

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