My gymnastics studio

I work at a cheerleading studio on Sundays and Mondays. It is a perfect part time job which allows me to make some extra money and I also get my class for free.  The cheer studio is located in the basement of my local shopping center.  The spot in the basement is not that bad. For one, the space is nice and cool so both of us don’t have to worry about AC. The heating equipment is a bit of a problem sometimes. The store depends on an old boiler unit that is stored in a closet in our studio.  Last week, when I went into work as usual, I noticed dirty water spreading across the floor. The piping on the boiler had corroded.  A pipe ruptured and the water went all over the closet as well as onto the floor outside of it. I had to find a grocery store manager and bring him down in the basement to look at it. He helped to  mop up some of  the water plus called a plumber to take care of the boiler repair. My concern was that there was slippery flooring, dirty everywhere, no heat and my class was starting in about nine minutes. I had to teach the entire day of classes in filth with no heat. The plumber did eventually arrive  to complete the repair on the boiler. However I was already done and packing up to leave for the day.  The plumbing repair came just a few hours too late for me. Thankfully everything was all cleaned up by the time I showed up the following afternoon.  That disaster would have been horrible to face again. 

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HVAC Super Hero

Have you ever been to a comic convention? You know, a weekend-long convention, a huge gathering of fans, usually held in a grand hotel or center, only it’s all about nerd stuff. Comic books, super heroes, cartoons, that sort of thing. You might think it’s too dorky, but you’d be wrong because these things are the most fun you can have without breaking the law. People just show in costume and body paint, which is cool in and of itself. Even the people around you are dressed like heroes and villains, and I got to meet a new hero named Air Conditioning Man. I’m kidding of course there is no such thing as A/C man. But when the central HVAC system at the convention hall broke, we really did need an honest to goodness hero. And what we got was an independent heating and cooling contractor named Tim, who had a mullet and a jean jacket. It was quite a spectacle to see all these caped and masked avengers and super friends step out of the way for this middle aged HVAC repairman. I had worn my Star Fleet outfit, and although I had started the day off well, every passing minute with no AC was turning my handmade outfit into a sweaty mess. I found the nearest air vent and stood in front of it, but it was doing nothing but pumping out hot air. Long story short, the entire convention sort of ground to a standstill until we heard Tim the A/C man call out “all right, hold on y’all” and a few seconds later, the day was saved.

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Voice-controlled vehicle HVAC system.

Ever since I was a kid, I have fantasized about having the best of the best technological equipment. In other words, I’m a self-admitted geek freak. My house is decked out with all sorts of camera technology and smart phone-compatible features that allow me to monitor my humble abode even when I’m away. Once my “batcave” had been upgraded to my liking, I shifted focus to my self-nicknamed, friend-acclaimed “batmobile.” After sorting through a number of ideas running through my head, the priority I settled on getting done was to equip my car with a voice-controlled HVAC system. My cruiser already came equipped with Bluetooth capabilities, so the hands-free HVAC unit seemed like the next, logical step for me to take. Despite my nerdy reputation, I humbled up, admitted my shortcomings in knowledge, and called around to a couple car tech companies to see how they could help make my dream come true. It took a while, but when I found a shop that was able to do what I wanted done, I had them book me an appointment before the end of the week. The work order didn’t take nearly as long as I thought it’d take to complete, and before I knew it the job was done. With that upgrade, I was now able to adjust a number of my car’s temperature settings through voice recognition. From simple practices such as turning the unit on & off and raising or lowering the temperature to concepts as complex as adjusting the force/level of air/heat and turning on the front & rear defrosters, I now felt as though Batman had nothing on me!

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A burst pipe in the gymnastic studio

I work at a dance studio on Saturdays and Sundays.  It is a great part time job where I make a little extra money and I also get my class for free.  The dance studio is situated in the basement of my town’s local shopping center.  The location is not that bad.  For one thing, it is much cooler down there, so we don’t have to worry about AC. The heating situation is a bit of a problem however. The store relies on an old boiler system that is installed in a closet in our studio.  The other day I went into work as usual and found dirty water all over the floor. The piping on the boiler had ruptured, and a pipe split apart.  Because of this, the water went all over the closet and spread to the floor outside of it. I had to find a grocery store manager and ask him to come down to the basement to look at it.  I also took the time to mop up the dirty water.  The store manager called a plumber to take care of the boiler repair. The problem for me was the wet floor, dirty water everywhere, and no heat.  Plus, the next  class was starting in about ten minutes. I had to teach a whole section of classes in filth with no heat. The plumber did eventually show up and complete the service on the piping. However I was already packing up my stuff to leave for the day, so the plumbing service came just a little too late. Fortunately, everything was all cleaned up by the time I came back the following day. That would have been aggravating to face the same mess again.

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Zoning (i.e., hot/cold spots) issues.

My wife and I were finally able to purchase our dream house at the start of the calendar year. Its location is ideal and it has seemingly everything we could ever want in a home. Our humble abode is spacious, to say the least, and it came equipped with a fireplace as well as a spiral staircase with which my wife fell head over heels in love the first day she set eyes on it. Since we have a couple of kids, our home has three bedrooms and three bathrooms. During the first few months of getting acquainted with the place, none of the rooms had any noticeable issues with them. Once the weather started changing, though, we found that the airflow into two of the three rooms was not what it should have been. The rooms had become overly hot due to our central air conditioning unit not putting out properly. Short of visually ensuring the ceiling vents were open and unobstructed, my wife and I were clueless as to how to resolve our air circulation/cooling issues. When we called a certified technician to come out and diagnose our drama, he said that we had what is commonly referred to as “hot spots.” He further explained that the reason for this was that our system of air ducts that flowed into the rooms in question were blocked with debris that was apparently as aged as our three-decade-old home. Thankful that the root cause was not a more significant, pricey matter, we agreed to have a crew come out and clean the ducts to re-establish the proper flow of air to (and from) our kids’ rooms. Grateful for the work of all parties involved, my wife and I were sure to pay each of them a terrific monetary tip.

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A boiler problem

I work at a gymnastics studio on Mondays and Thursdays. It is a nice part time job where I make some extra money and I also get my class for free. The studio is located in the basement of my town’s local shopping center. Being in a basement is not that bad. For one, it is much colder in there so we don’t have to worry about AC. The heating situation is a bit of a pain though. The store uses an old boiler system that is stored in a closet in our studio. Well the other day I went into work as usual and noticed dirty water all over the floor. The piping on the boiler had ruptured. One pipe split and the water went all over the closet and the floor outside of it. I had to get a grocery store manager down in the basement to look at it. He mopped up the water and then called a plumber to take care of the boiler repair. The problem was that there was wet flooring, dirty everywhere, no heat and my class was starting in about ten minutes. I had to teach a whole day of classes in filth with no heat. The plumber did eventually come in to complete the repair on the piping. However I was already packing up to leave for the day. So the plumbing repair came just a few hours too late. Thankfully everything was all cleaned up by the time I came back on Thursday again. That would have been horrible to face again.

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Traveling & Air Conditioning Issues

I love to travel. I have been traveling since I was 18 years old out of high school. It started out with one European vacation and I was hooked. You couldn’t keep me off an airplane or in a car road tripping the country for the most part of a year. There are positives and negatives to travel no doubt. There is no way to please every single person at any given moment. So I was always prepared to go with the flow and be forgiving when things didn’t match up to how they were promised or within my own comfort level. When you had the luxury of traveling alone it was often easier to stay either warm with a great hotel heating unit or as cool as you wanted with an air conditioning system that was in your own hands. Airplanes were always an issue for the air conditioning and heating system is really just processed air. I hate to even think how often they don’t change the air filters in the their HVAC systems which often causes for travel sickness. I know many people with asthma that just can’t do processed air at all for the reason of dirty filters and constant breathing issues. We when we road trip our car cooling and heating system definitely can be a problem if you are with other people for sure enough someone is either hot or cold and there is no temperature that is going to make everyone happy. That’s why I love traveling alone. That is the same for hotels as well for the thermostat is a constant argument if with people, but when I am alone I love for I like the room ice cold and turn down the HVAC really low and in the winter I love it super hot and then will blast the heating unit as high and warm as I like. I really love traveling alone.

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Air filter lessons

I think that my boyfriend would be the first to admit that he knows next to nothing about heating and cooling. We recently moved in together, and I think that it is rather amusing as well as kind of cute that he is so ignorant when it comes to the HVAC aspect of homeownership. I have owned my own house for a few years now. He had been living in an apartment in the city for the past few years, and of course that sort of thing is very different. In my boyfriend’s case, his landlady had taken care of just about everything when it came to heating and cooling. He did not have to learn about preventative maintenance and inspection with regard to a home’s furnace or air conditioner. When he moved into my house, I wanted him to be able to help take care of the property in the same way I did. I walked around my house and showed him how I take care of my property. I pointed out the various aspects of the heating and cooling system in particular. I also showed him where my air filter was located and how to change the air filter. I was shocked, but not surprised, when my boyfriend told me that he had never had to deal with any sort of air filter replacement before. I relayed to him the importance of changing the air filter. Old, dirty air filters can actually seriously hinder the effectiveness as well as the efficiency of a heating and cooling system. Dirty air filters can also be a source of allergens and other airborne pollutants entering a home. Now that my boyfriend knows how to change an air filter, hopefully he will be able to help pull his weight around here!

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Neighbors Air Conditioning

We were so excited to move into our first rental two story victorian house this past summer. We had been only renting apartments all our life, but now that we were doing financially a bit better with two incomes we were able to get something more comfortable with an actual garden and so many more luxuries like a dishwasher. But, the best new luxury of all was an Air Conditioning and Heating System. All of our apartments either only had central fans, window AC units that worked horribly or nothing at all that worked to cool us down in the least! And now we have an actual modern updated HVAC energy efficient system that will keep us pleasantly cool in the beaming hot summer and cozy warm in the snowy winters. We could see no problems in our near future, until our first night in our new home. The neighbors house next door wasn’t as new, but it wasn’t a bad sight to look at so there were no worries until the day we hear their HVAC system turned on. Oh my goodness! You could tell right away by horrible cranking sounds that they had not had it serviced in ages!  The filters were obviously clogged for the air couldn’t even get through without a loud blasting noise. This was not going to do and we knew we had to have a word with them as soon as possible about their Air Conditioning and Heating System. We were very nice about it and came with HVAC Provider telephone numbers and information for them so that they didn’t feel threatened by us mentioning something to them when they don’t even know us.

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We enjoy our radiant flooring and so does our dog

I have always heard that dogs do not get cold in the wintertime because they have such thick fur coats. I wonder how true that is. We have radiant flooring my dog absolutely loves to lay on. She even likes to lay in the sun until she gets really hot. How much could her fur coat be keeping her warm if she enjoys everything that makes her warmer? I even see people put sweaters on their dogs. Why would they create this if it weren’t necessary for dogs? My dogs are certainly very spoiled. We have radiant flooring all winter long. My dog absolutely loves to sleep all winter. I guess she must be part bear or something, because she loves to snuggle and hibernate! Sometimes, the floor is so warm I will even sit on the floor. I do not mind it at all either. I think it is amazing how much heat the radiant flooring can give to your home. I have noticed that my radiant flooring has made my home a lot more comfortable. My furnace even starts up less than it used too. My energy bills are even lower. I am so glad that we have a dog that loves the radiant flooring. We love it just as much too. We get to use it all of the time. It makes us feel better knowing that the radiant flooring is not causing our dog to overheat at any point. Radiant heating sure has helped to change our home!

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