Being a field archeologist is not as glamorous as one might be inclined to think. I have a cool job, and I prefer working outside as opposed to inside in a museum somewhere. My latest dig is in the southwest though, and the heat here has been horrendous for the past few weeks. It’s tough to work in such blistering heat, and to boot, the dig site is miles from any general store. When I applied to the university for some extra funding, I was surprised when they gave me a small stipend. I already knew exactly how the funding was going to be spent too: air conditioning. My team was sweltering in the heat and it was tough to keep a positive attitude. The answer was a sizeable mobile trailer with a superb Heating, Ventilation, and A/C unit. I found a killer deal on a trailer and had it hauled to the site. It was cathartic, being able to escape the heat without having to sit in our cars. We could work indoors and had enough room to set up sensitive equipment. Having air conditioning on the excavation site changed everything – we were able to work longer, get better rest, and didn’t need to go into city as often. In addition to the beefed up air unit, the trailer also had a dining room and two rooms for desks. Investing our grant money in the trailer was easily the best idea I had on this dig. The work is going much faster, and we’re all so much more comfortable with the air conditioner.
Being a field archeologist is not always as glamorous as one would think. I have a cool job and all, and I love the fact that I get to work outside as opposed to inside a museum. My latest dig is in the southwest, where the heat’s been absolutely scorching lately. It’s actually more difficult to work in such blistering heat, since the dig location is miles from any type of modern convenience or even a good water source. When I applied to the college for some extra funding I was surprised when they granted a small stipend. I already knew exactly how the funding was going to be spent too: air conditioning! My team and I were sweltering in the heat, making it difficult to work. The answer was simple: a giant mobile trailer with top-of-the-line air conditioning units installed. I found a great deal on a trailer, and had it hauled out to the site. It was so amazing to be able to escape the heat without having to sit in the car, wasting gas as it idles. All of us could now work indoors & had a place to set up sensitive equipment. Having air conditioning at the excavation site changed everything, since all of us were now able to work longer, get better rest, and didn’t have to travel to town all the time for supplies. In addition to the air unit, the trailer also had a kitchen and two rooms for desks to handle small projects. Investing our grant money in the trailer was arguably the best find on this dig. Now the work is going much faster, and every one of us is so much more comfortable with the air conditioning.
Being a field archeologist is not always as glamorous as one might be inclined to think. I have a really cool job and I love the fact that I get to work outside as opposed to inside in a museum. My latest dig is in the southwest. The temperatures here have been absolutely scorching lately. It is really hard to work in such blistering temperatures. On top of that, the dig site is miles from any type of modern convenience. So when I applied to the university for some extra funding I was surprised when they actually gave me a small stipend. I already knew exactly how the funding was going to be spent too, air conditioning. My team was sweltering in the heat and it was really difficult to work. The answer: a big giant mobile trailer with a mega HVAC unit. I found a great deal on a trailer and had it hauled out to the site. It was so amazing to be able to escape the heat without having to sit in your car. We could now work indoors and had a place to set up sensitive equipment. Having air conditioning on the excavation site changed everything. We were now able to work longer, get better rest, and did not need to go into town as often. In addition to the big HVAC unit, the trailer also had a kitchen and two rooms for desks. Investing our grant money in the trailer was really great idea. Now the work is going much faster and we are all so much more comfortable with the air conditioning.
We recently took an immense leap and invested in a brand new home. I had never really considered me being the homeowner type, but my better half really wanted a fixer upper. This home was pretty cute and innocent in dimensions, but needed a lot from work! It had a furnace which was sure to be as old as the house if not older, but I was quite surprised that it actually worked! How well it labored was another story. I have not heard so much noise come from any appliance I have ever owned! I could feel the heat that was being generated, but I recently couldn’t stand the loud clunking and humming that just seemed to get louder and louder as each moment passed by. Last of all, I screamed at him to turn it off before he burned the home down and he just jeered. Personally, I found nothing funny regarding this moment of possibly burning down our investment that literally holds all our money. I told him if he wanted to keep this antique furnace than he would have to get an HVAC technician out to your house to assess its safety and listen to why it was making that loud noise. He agreed and in no time this nice HVAC technician came to check on what he thought was a regular furnace. When he saw what we had, he just laughed and told us there were no guarantees he could fix it. It took him about one hour going through each mechanism to learn that there were several coils that needed replacing and that should be it. I told my husband we could give it a shot, but I still wasn’t convinced it was an efficient system over a regular HVAC.
Our church is usually asking for money. So much therefore you just tune out the announcements every Sunday as it is just one fundraiser event after the next on top of the tithing that they ask of you annually! But, this past Sunday as I was wanting to tune out the lead announcer, I actually heard a word that grabbed my attention, heating. What was that about heating? A heating unit? For as long as I can remember our church has not had heating. Now, luckily we don’t live in a mountain town where the environments can drop so low you need to have heating, but with the climate change getting worse each year we have definitely had our moments. They were trying to have a fundraiser to get an entirely new HVAC heating unit for the church. This was a campaign I can get on board with for sure! The plan was to go in and do an entire stripping of all ductwork since it hadn’t been touched in years, then all the vents were going to be pried open and deep cleaned. More than likely, this hasn’t been done in years. This needed to be done, especially before they replaced each of the air filters. In addition to this as fate would have it there were volunteers who were happy to provide their HVAC services to start this work while we raised money for the actual heating system. This was sure to boost the process. I really like it so much when community comes together to make things happen. Hopefully, by winter we can have our new heating system!
I am now living at a dorm at the nearby university. I’m a graduate student, but I am here on scholarship and most are the assigned living arrangements. It doesn’t bother me so much as they put me at the highest floor away from everyone, which often suits me just fine. You can’t beat a scholarship with your amenities! This time of year within the mountains the snow and winter cold are usually just brutal, so not having to worry about poor heating is actually awesome. I have been in a great many dorm living situations from air vents and central heating to having a boiler inside my basement which basically has the heat rise and disperse. It appears to work well as I can recall, but the one thing I have never experienced was living on the top floor. There has never been an issue with it being too cold, that is for certain. The building warmed up quite nicely and maintained a nice balanced temperature. The resident advisors monitored the thermostat to verify it wasn’t going on too often or high in heat. But, after the first week I don’t know what changed but the heat began to really intensify at the top floor. The snow had already been falling non-stop, so I am sure people were pretty cold and requesting more heat. But, I don’t think anyone took into mind that heat rises and speedily. Before I knew it, it was like a constant sauna. I couldn’t even focus on school work it was so hot and worst thing was I couldn’t open the windows! I actually had to buy a stationary fan to try and disperse the extra heat coming from my room! Talk about comprehensive insanity!
Yesterday I took my kids to a theme park about two hours from our house. They really liked it, and I was glad that I could take them. All day long, they rode roller coasters, waterfalls, and even took a spin on a ferris wheel. My favorite features of the day were when we sat to watch the shows. These are at all times in an air-conditioned room, and it was eventually a nice relief from the warmth. Although I enjoyed watching them enjoy themselves, there were times when the heat was too much for my liking. If I was building a theme park, I would enclose the entire thing and make sure there was a giant HVAC system to have it cooled constantly. I just don’t see how people enjoy themselves while waiting in lines when the weather is so hot. I was sweating bullets yesterday even though we were only there for a total of six hours. I guess I’ve gotten too comfortable with always having access an air conditioner. I rarely go out of my house or my office building, and I rarely have to accommodate the heat. Although HVAC units make life much more comfortable, I sometimes wonder if we have become way too dependent on them. I should be able to take a day outdoors without suffering because I do not have an air conditioning system blowing on me. Maybe I will make an effort to spend more time in nature so that this does not cause an issue the next occasion I am taking my family on an outing.
I truly enjoy living in my house, and I like to host parties as much as I can. I have a swimming pool, and during the summer months, I try to get good use from it. I invite my friends and family over to swim whenever they want. I usually prepare a meal for after a long day of relaxing by the water. Because I do a great deal hosting, it is important that my HVAC system stays fit. I learned this lesson the hard way not too long ago when my cooling system gave out in the midst of July. Several of my friends were over that day, and we planned on barbecuing that afternoon. However, after the air conditioner would not turn on, we all began going our separate ways because the house was too warm and the weather was too hot outside. I never realized the amount of my summer fun that depended on my HVAC system. Without a place to stay cool, I would probably be in a constant state of discomfort in the summer months. Because I know that now, I make an effort to have regular inspections done on my cooling system. This ensures that any issue is going to be worked out before the conditioning system shuts down completely. I also have my air filters changed every 6 weeks. This make sure that dust and dirt are certainly not circulating through the home and that my system is not overworking. This could sound a bit over-the-top, but I realize how much I depend on my A/C, and I want make sure that it is always in good working shape.
We went camping for three weeks in the desert. We were traveling all around the midwest and the southwest, and we were parked in a very beautiful state park. We were lucky to find the spot, and we were intending to stay there for four or five nights. On the very first evening, the outdoor temperatures were in the 40’s. I didn’t realize it was to be so chilly at night time, and we had to operate the heater constantly. In the morning, we got up and it was 35 degrees outside. We made a great breakfast of bacon and eggs and ejonyed our coffee percolating on the stove. We spent most in the day hiking in the valley and watching the many shades of red glisten in the sunlight. When we arrived back to our camper, we made a some dinner, and settled in for the evening. Once the sun faded away in the night, the weather turned cool again. About two o’clock in the morning, I woke up and was freezing cold. I looked over at the thermostat and it was still set to 70 degrees. When I couldn’ diagnose the problem on my own, I woke up my wife. We realized that we were completely because of propane. It had been a long time since we ran the heater forever long, and now we didn’t have any gas to own the heater. Luckily we keep a small electric heater in the camper at under the picnic table at evening. It was just the ideal size to heat our person and keep us cozy and warm and last and last long.
A truly nice sushi bar opened across town, and I was very excited to visit for the very first time last week. Some friends of mine and I chose to drive over after work one evening. We were amazed with the decor, and it was quite stunning to see. We were seated next to a large wall with a waterfall feature running down the middle. It was really cool to check out, and we were glad we thought to visit. The waitress arrived fast, and we got our drinks very quickly. We first noticed the heating system whenever we were viewing the menu, looking to order. It was much much warmer than most sushi restaurants. A friend of mine commented on the point that he was already sweating, before we had even had any wasabi. Whenever we ordered our dishes, we asked the server to modify the heating unit or cooling unit. She said the air conditioning system was running, but she would try to adjust the thermostat for us. About five or ten minutes later, she said that she had lowered the thermostat on the air conditioning system. We received our dinner very promptly, but the indoor air quality was still rather annoying. It was difficult to eat a fish that is supposed to be served chilled, when the indoor temperature is too warm. I really was upset that the heating system destroyed our experience, because the restaurant was amazing, and the service was great. Maybe we can give the place another try when it is cooler outside. Maybe that will help combat the indoor heating problems.