I’m feeling very homesick

I was feeling pretty homesick most of the day. Today was an overcast day with scattered storms. I love the thunder and lightening but that is what makes me homesick. I also hate being stuck at work. It was just not helping. Back home storms would make it get really hot and humid. When the sky started darkening you would know you were in for a fantastic storm. The sky would get black, it would downpour, thunder and lightening. I really liked those hazy storms that happened mainly in August. And at those times I would think having an a/c would be awesome. For the rest of the summer, AC wasn’t necessary. I associated that horrible heat and humidity with home, and I loved it. Everywhere you go theres a/c. The a/c is just as overbearing as the heat if I am being honest. And that is how I was feeling at work. I longed for the relief those thunderstorms and AC moments from back home. Down here a storm will lessen the humidity but necessarily the heat. Maybe it will a little. It quite literally is the perfect storm for me. There is the oppressive heat and humidity outside. Then there is the merciless cold of the a/c inside. So there is no happy medium. So I really don’t know what to do about my AC situation. Do I get a cooling system for those wild storms or just power through them? What would be the smart move for me after all?

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I don’t want to get home sick

I was feeling pretty homesick all afternoon. It was an overcast day with scattered showers. The thunder plus rumbling is what was making me think of home. I was stuck at work and it was just not helping. Back home it would get absolutely hot plus humid plus when the sky started to get black plus you knew both of us were in for a good storm. The sky would change, it would downpour, thunder, lightening, plus within the day, it would be blue skies plus a cool breeze. It was only those days before hazy storms plus a few weeks in October maybe that I would suppose having an air conditioner would be awesome. But for the rest of the hot season, a single AC device wasn’t necessary. I love that inescapable heat plus humidity with my home,, however right now, 800 miles south of home, that inescapable heat is very much escapable, but everywhere you go there is AC, the AC is just as overbearing as the heat if I was to be honest. And that is how I was feeling at my job. I longed for the relief those storms brought back home, down here a storm will lessen the wet air however necessarily the heat, plus if so, only a tad. It quite literally is the best storm for me, there’s the hard heat plus humidity outside, plus the horrible chilly of the AC inside there is no good medium, but physically trapped plus emotionally unstable, I promised myself if I make it to 5pm without a breakdown.commercial HVAC

No HVAC means no school

I was feeling pretty homesick all day. It was an overcast day with scattered storms. The thunder and lightening is what was making me homesick, the fact I was stuck at work was just not helping. Back home it would get really hot and humid and when the sky started darkening and bruising you knew we were in for a fantastic storm. The sky would break, it would downpour, thunder, lightening, and within the hour, it would be blue sky’s and a cool breeze. It was only those moments before hazy storms and a few weeks in August maybe that I would think having an a/c would be awesome. But for the rest of the summer, one wasn’t necessary. I associated that inescapable heat and humidity with home, and I loved it. Right now, 900 miles south of home, that inescapable heat is very much escapable. Everywhere you go theres a/c, the a/c is just as overbearing as the heat if I was to be honest. And that is how I was feeling at work. I longed for the relief those thunderstorms brought back home, down here a storm will lessen the humidity but necessarily the heat, and if so, only a little. It quite literally is the perfect storm for me, there’s the oppressive heat and humidity outside, and the merciless cold of the a/c inside there is no happy medium. Physically trapped and emotionally fragile, I promised myself if I make it to 6pm without a breakdown I am getting an extra large waffle cone on my way back home, with sprinkles!

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I’m happy with my friend

My sister Maggie has always done the weirdest jobs. At one time, Maggie picked up the litter and garbage after outdoor concerts. She was the only female deliver boy at a local pizza joint. Her current job is being a nanny for a wealthy family.  Maggie moved into their giant house and watches their four daughters. I did not realize that being a nanny was a real job. At first I was not happy with the idea of Maggie doing this. She literally lives at her job, and spends most of her time with a family that is not her own. But Maggie brought up some interesting points. She reminded me that she has free rent, meals and utilities. If she gets the urge to go to the beach, movies, mall or water park, she just takes the girls and gets it for free. I have added up my Heating and costs, along with water and groceries, and that’s a lot of money. In the Summer I operate my air conditioner all day and night. The monthly electric bill is tough to handle. But I can’t go without temperature control. Maggie does not have to stress about the cost of running the air conditioner. She just sets the family’s thermostat to the perfect temperature. Both the mom and the dad are away during the day.  She sets the thermostat to her personal preferences and pays nothing for it. Over the Winter I always try to save money on heating. I sometimes won’t turn on my gas furnace and just get by with a few space heaters.  I will even wear a coat to bed. Maggie pays nothing and gets radiant floors. She doesn’t worry about thermostat settings, heating costs, or repairs for the HVAC system.

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My friend is a nice guy

My best friend Megan has always done the weirdest jobs. There was one summer when she picked up the trash after outdoor concerts. Then there was the time that she was  the only female box boy at a large grocery store. Her new job is that works as  a nanny for a local family. Megan actually moved into their house and  watches their three little boys. I did not realize that working as a nanny was a real thing. At first, I was opposed  to the plan of Megan doing this. She literally lives at the same place that she works.  Maggie  is with a family that is not her own 24 hours a day. But Megan made some good points when we discussed it. She has free room and board, plus utilities. And,  she can go to the beach, movies, shoppings, amusement parks, or wherever, and just takes the boys.  It’s all  free.   She gets paid to go.  I have added up the cost of my Heating and A/C costs for the year. In the Summer months,  I have run the air conditioner a lot. My monthly  electric bill is a financial burden, but there’s no possibility of going  without AC. Megan does not have to stress over the cost of  air conditioning. She turns on the family’s central AC and adjusts the temperature to her preference. Both the mom and the dad work throughout the day.   Magan  runs the household and has control over the thermostat.  In the Winter I do what I can  to save money on heating. I won’t run the gas furnace unless it’s super cold out. I have some space heaters to use in the bedroom.  I’m always cold and sometimes  wear a coat to bed. Megan enjoys  radiant floors in the house where she lives.  It doesn’t cost her a dime, and she’s perfectly warm and toasty.  

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My nanny has a better HVAC system than me

My friend Annie has always taken the weirdest jobs. At one time, she actually got paid to pick up the trash after outdoor concerts. She once was working as the only female box boy at a small grocery store. Her latest job is as a nanny for a family.  Annie moved into their house & takes care of their two daughters. I did not know that was a real paying career. At first I was totally opposed to Annie doing this. She lives at her job, so their is no break for her.  She is with a family that is not her own 24/7. But Annie argued with some interesting points. She has the benefit of free rent, meals and all her utilities. If she decides to go to the beach, a movie, shopping or wherever, she simply takes the kids along and  gets it for free. I have added up my  HVAC costs. In the Summer, I run our a/c at max speed all day long. The electric bill is super high. Since I can’t go without the AC, I pay high costs. Annie does not have to worry about air conditioning costs. She just runs the family’s central Air Conditioner and  enjoys ideal temperature control. Both the mom & the Mom are gone during the day too. So he runs the temperature. In the Winter, I try to save money on heating. I don’t run the gas furnace unless it’s necessary. I rely on some space heaters.  I don’t even use them all of the time. I sometimes wear a coat to bed. Annie enjoys radiant floors in the home she’s living in. She has the greatest heating system ever, and it costs her nothing.

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I finally got a quality HVAC unit

My neighbor Kathy has always done the strangest jobs. At one time she picked up the trash after outdoor music concerts. She has been employed as the only female box girl at a local grocery store. Her latest thing is that she is a nanny for a family with two children.  Kathy actually moved into their house in order to watch the two girls.  I had not realized that was a real option for a job. At first I was totally opposed to the idea of Kathy doing this. She literally lives at her job and is with sharing a house with a family that is not her own. But Kathy brought up some valid points to me. She benefits from  free rent, meals & utilities. If she wants to spend the day at  the beach, go to a movie, mall or wherever, she just takes the girls & gets to do these activities for free. I was just thinking about how much just my Heating & Air Conditioning costs. In the Summer I need to run my cooling system all day long. The monthly electric bill is difficult to handle. But I can’t survive without AC. Kathy does not have to worry about paying to run the air conditioner. She just adjusts the thermostat and enjoys the family’s central A/C.  She doesn’t pay the bills for temperature control. Both parents are gone during the day, while Kathy is home with the kids. So she sets the thermostat to the temperature she likes. In the Winter, I do everything possible to save money on heating. I won’t run my gas furnace if I can survive without it. I manage with  a few space heaters, & I don’t even plug them in all of the time. I usually wear a sweatshirt to bed. Kathy has radiant heated floors in the home she’s currently living in. She has the best heating system on the market.  HVAC system

My friend is concerned over the air quality

My friend Katie has always done the weirdest jobs. At one time she picked up the trash after outdoor concerts. She has been the only female box boy at a failing grocery store. Her new thing is that she is a nanny for a family. Katie moved into their home and watches two of their daughters. I did not realize that was a real thing. At first I was totally against the idea of Katie doing this. She literally lives at her work and is with a family that is not her own. But Katie brought up some good points to me. She gets free rent, meals and utilities. If she wants to go to the beach, movie, mall or wherever, she just takes the girls and gets it for free. I am just thinking about my HVAC costs. In the Summer I have to run my air conditioner all day long. The electric bill is horrible to handle. But I can’t go without AC. Katie does not have to worry about air conditioning. She just turns on the family’s central AC and enjoys temperature control. Both the mom and the dad are gone during the day too. So she runs the thermostat and sets it to what she likes. In the Winter I frequently try to save money on heating. I won’t turn on my gas furnace. I rely on a few space heaters and I don’t even use them all of the time. I usually wear a coat to bed. Katie gets heated floors in her home. She has the heated system at her feet and never goes to bed cold.

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A new ductless mini split

Last week, our five-year-old son woke us up at 4 AM to tell us that there was a kitten under his room. For a minute, I thought that I was dreaming when he said it and quickly drifted back to sleep. I soon found out that I was not dreaming when he climbed onto our bed and started jumping. I was not about to get out of bed at four in the morning, so I did what any other mother would do: I sent my husband out to take care of it. He took a flashlight and went with our son back to his room. To his surprise and mine, there did in fact appear to be a kitten under the house. They were able to track the sound down to the air conditioning and heater vent. Right after breakfast, my husband called our local HVAC company, and they sent us a repairman. Together, they crawled under the house to have a look at our ductwork and see how on earth a cat got under the house. They came back out with bad news. Over the years, our ductwork has slowly deteriorated. Squirrels have chewed through it and made themselves at home inside some areas. The kitten, which we rescued and nicknamed Gopher, crawled through one of those holes and got lost in the ductwork. The HVAC technician recommended that instead of fixing our old ductwork or getting new ductwork installed, that we try a ductless system and avoid having this same situation in a few years. The HVAC company sent us a technician who took down the old system and installed a new ductless mini split system. Now, my husband, my son, the new cat, and I are enjoying our new ductless system and all the benefits that came with it.

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Making a long story short

I would like to take a few minutes of your time now to introduce you to Martha. She lives alone in her two story house in the suburban part of the city. Martha has worked for many years and earned a considerable amount of money, which she has been able to save most of. One of the ways she has been able to save money is by hiring her neighbors to do small jobs around her house instead of calling professionals to take care of them. Last week, Martha noticed that her central HVAC unit just wasn’t cooling the way that it used to. So what did she do? She called her neighbor who is good with a screwdriver to come and poke around inside her HVAC system. Bob has had years of experience fixing squeaky doors and leaky faucets. Fixing a central HVAC system couldn’t be that difficult now could it? To cut a long story short, the fan from Martha’s outdoor air conditioner ended up in the kitchen, and after Bob fixed her broken window, he was no longer allowed to touch anything in and around her house. Martha learned her lesson, especially after having to call an HVAC company to send a professional repairman to come fix her air conditioner. The kind repairman fixed the AC unit, and told Martha that if within the next year her unit acted up again or just stopped working properly, that the HVAC repair company would send someone out to take a look at it free of charge. Martha now has a fully functioning central HVAC unit in her house again, and she is even considering an upgrade to a smart thermostat. Can you guess who she’s going to call for the installation?

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