No cooling in my town

After around four years in the navy, I got word that I would be based in a different country. I was so pumped for this. I had only listened great things from other people who had been stationed over in that country, plus I wanted to explore the whole place. That country is a newer country, so I didn’t expect to make a lot of changes in my day to day life. When I got there, my largest surprise was that a/c is not legal in residential buildings, commercial buildings have A/C, however apartments, condos plus houses in that country are all just built separate from any form of a cooling system all of the time. All the areas on the base came equipped with radiator in every major section of the house, however they don’t give you any way to keep cool during the sizzling Summer time weather. so, I moved into my locale in the middle of the Summer, when the temperature was well above 80 degrees. I went to the post exchange to get a portable a/c device or a moveable A/C, however they were all not there for the season. I had to suffer through the whole Summer and not have any A/C. I never realized how overheated I could be. I would go out to eat just to be in the air conditioned restaurant. Thankfully, Summers in that country are absolutely short, so I didn’t have to go without a/c for too long.

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No air conditioners on base

After one or two years in the marines, I got word that I would be stationed in a new climate. I was so pumped. I had only heard great things from other people who had been stationed over in that spot, in addition to I wanted to explore all of the area, and that area is a truly new location, so I didn’t expect to make a lot of changes in our yearly living. When I got there, my biggest surprise was that air conditioning system is easily not allowed in residential buildings, commercial buildings have air conditioning system, however the apartments, condos in addition to houses in that location are all just built without any form of a cooling system whatsoever. All the houses on that area come equipped with radiator in every major area of the house, however they don’t give you any way to keep cool during the tepid summertime times. Unfortunately, I moved into that location in the Summer, when the temperature was well above 93 degrees. I went to the post exchange to get a window air conditioning system component or a portable air conditioning system, however they were all gone for the season. I had to suffer through the whole Summer without any air conditioning system. I never realized how hot I could be. I would go to the movies just to be in the air conditioned area. I was happy the Summers there are truly short, so I didn’t have to go without our air conditioning system for too much time.

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No AC in those buildings

After a couple years in the armed forces, I got word that I would be stationed in a new area. I was so happy. I had only heard great things from other people who had been set up over there, and I wanted to explore all of it, but the area is a honestly new space, so I didn’t expect to make a lot of switches in our weekly life. When I got there, the biggest surprise was that a/c is absolutely not allowed in residential buildings. Commercial buildings have A/C, but apartments, condos and homes in that area are all just built separate from any form of a cooling plan whatsoever. All the spaces on post come equipped with baseboard heater in every major section of the house, but they don’t provide you any way to keep cool while in the hot summertime weeks. Sadly, I moved into the place in June, when the temperature was well above 92 degrees. I went to the post exchange to get a window a/c plan or a window A/C, but they were all sold out for the time. I had to suffer through the complete summertime separate from any A/C. I never realized how warm I could be. I would go to the mall just to be in the air conditioned store. Happily, summertimes in that location are honestly short, so I didn’t have to live separate from our a/c for too much time. But the next year, I made sure to buy a good portable a/c weeks in advance.

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Germany-no AC in buildings

After a couple years in the army, I got word that I would be stationed in Germany. I was so excited. I had only heard good things from other people who had been stationed over there, and I wanted to explore Europe. Germany is a very modern country, so I didn’t expect to make a lot of changes in my daily life. When I got there, my biggest surprise was that air conditioning is actually illegal in residential buildings. Commercial buildings have A/C, but apartments, condos and houses in Germany are all just built without any form of a cooling system whatsoever. All the houses on post come equipped with radiator in every major part of the house, but they don’t provide you any way to keep cool during the hot summer months. Unfortunately, I moved into my place in July, when the temperature was well above 90 degrees. I went to the post exchange to get a portable air conditioning system or a window A/C, but they were all sold out for the season. I had to suffer through the whole summer without any A/C. I never realized how hot I could be. I would go shopping just to be in the air conditioned store. Thankfully, summers in Germany are very short, so I didn’t have to live without my air conditioning for too long. But the next year, I made sure to buy my portable air conditioner months in advance to make sure I didn’t have to go through another hot German summer ever again!

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A date without an A/C-

Never again will I be going to what used to be my favorite restaurant. Last night, I went out on a date with a guy I met at work. I have known him for a while. He is smart, funny, and really talented. Needless to say, I was hoping that the date would go well. When he asked me out, he let me choose the restaurant, so I suggested my favorite taco restaurant. I have been going there for years, and it’s never let me down. However, when we got to the restaurant last night we had a seat and placed our orders. Immediately after that, we heard a loud booming noise come from the HVAC system. The air stopped flowing through the vents, and we knew that the air conditioner had stopped working. We figured it would take a while before the place to become too uncomfortable to stay in, but we were wrong. There were so many people there and the grills were so hot that the seating area became hot and sticky. I started sweating while at the table and I was extremely embarrassed. I could tell that he was really put off by the situation. I mean, what kind of restaurant doesn’t take care of its HVAC system? It seems evident to me that the restaurant manager had been negligent in not having an inspection done. When our food finally arrived, we were in a stupor. It was too hot to talk and the air conditioner wasn’t going to be fixed anytime soon. We ended up getting our tacos to go and rescheduling the date. I don’t think this is going anywhere.

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Camping without an A/C

In only two months, I will be embarking on my first major camping trip. I will be spending two weeks in the mountains about two hours north of my hometown. I am a little nervous because I will be so far out into the wilderness that if I had an emergency, it would be impossible to get help in a quick manner. I am going with two of my friends from college. We have all of the gear we need, but I keep suggesting to my friends that we take a fan along with us. I don’t think my suggestion is totally unreasonable. I am not used to going without air conditioning, and a fan would give us a way to cool down after long hikes. They say that it would be too heavy for us to carry along with our clothes, food, tents, and sleeping bags. The longest I have ever gone without access to an air conditioner was a few years ago when my HVAC unit stopped working for two days. It was miserable. I am used to have cool air blow on me during the night. I wasn’t able to sleep at all while the a/c was not working. The thought of not being able to sleep well for 14 nights is a little more than I am willing to manage. A battery powered fan would make our trip so much better. I know it wouldn’t exactly be “roughing it,” but who cares. I’m not trying to impress anyone by being tough. I just want to enjoy my trip!

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Smoking gas furnace.

Winter has finally made its way to our part of the country, and boy has it ever! The first night in which we experienced snowfall, we were hit with almost ten feet of the white stuff. As a northern-born kid, I’m all too familiar with the key characteristics of this time of the year. However, every once in a while, even I’ll be surprised when something like that happens. Given the unexpected, extreme weather, my parents decided that it’d be best to counter the severe temperatures with a little more of a kick this year around via our new and improved furnace. Unlike the wood-based furnace we used to have, there wasn’t a whole lot of extra things my folks could do to ensure our heat remained steady and that its source stayed in full supply. When their minds were set to do something, they sure were gonna try, though. The way they envisioned maintaining the desired temperature was to leave the furnace running every day at a little higher level than usual for most of if not the entire day. The obvious benefit of this approach was that the house would be toasty the entire time, whether we were at home or away. After just a couple weeks of solid warmth, however, that seemingly sound decision backfired–and nearly literally. One afternoon when I made it home from school before my parents had gotten in from work, I noticed that the house seemed a little smoky. Obviously concerned, I made my way into the den (family room) to check on the furnace. Once I did, I realized that therein lied the problem; smoke was bellowing from its side. Just then, my Mom and Dad pulled into the driveway. Man, were they in for a surprise…

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Expired HVAC-related warranty.

My wife and I inherited our current home from her parents. The home had been passed down from generation to generation and we were now a part of that long-lived tradition. Considering the home’s age, my mother and father-in-law were practical enough to upgrade many of the items around the house. From the roofing to the floorboards and other odds and ends in between, my in-laws were not so stuck in their ways like others close to their age and, consequently, chose to keep up with the times–at least as far as home improvement is concerned. Upon attaining ownership, one of the major items they had to replace was the entire HVAC system. The unit was literally on its last leg when they assumed responsibility for it, so their hand was essentially forced to get a new one. Fast forwarding to present day, the upgraded system is now giving my wife and I the hardest of times. For the past two years, the air conditioner has been essentially non-existent, which is quite significant given the hellacious summers we experience in our neck of the woods. Once we had enough with the lack of cooling, my dear and I decided to have an HVAC technician come out and diagnose the problem. The specialist told us that our air handler unit (AHU) was leaking profusely and that it appeared as though that had been the case for nearly as long as our issue had lasted. Since the AHU was still “new”–to us, that is, the wife and I were sure that the manufacturer’s warranty would cover most if not all of the costs to repair it. In the end, not only were we wrong, but we were in the financial “red.”

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My dogs deserve a good cooling unit

I love my dogs. I treat them just like my children. I buy them the best dog food and even cook for them on occasion. I had a building erected just for my babies. It is their very own bedroom, complete with beds and cute little water and food bowls. It’s very hot in the summer, where we live, and I was worried that they would be too hot inside their room. So I got online, shopped around, and decided to buy a small A/C unit. I cut a square hole in the side of the room and installed the unit. On very hot days I go outside and switch on the air conditioning unit to cool the room down. My dogs love to stay in their room. When it is time to go outside, I can’t get them to leave the air conditioned quarters for the hot temperatures outside. The air conditioning window unit works so well that, sometimes, even I like to spend a few minutes cooling off with my babies. When I showed the air conditioned dog room to my friends, they were in shock. Some humans don’t have rooms like that. A lot of people ask me where I bought my A/C unit, because they want one for themselves to keep their rooms just as cool. I give them the web address with pride. My dogs never have to deal with extreme heat again. I am so happy I am able to give my babies such a great air conditioned room. Now I need to start worrying about the winter months and how to keep the room heated. I know I’ll think of something, because my babies are worth it.

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HVAC office nightmare

I spend all day working in an office where I sit at a desk typing on a computer. The office is, usually, very comfortable. Outside, the temperatures range from the 80’s to the high 90’s, but we always stay cool in our building. Each of us, also, has a small fan attached to our desk that blows right on us. Most of the time, it is so cool in the building that I just leave my fan off. I even bring a sweater with me to work every morning. One very hot day, I entered the building to find the temperature inside much warmer than usual. I looked around and saw that everyone had their fans on and was sweating. As I walked to my desk, my coworker came up to me and told me the air conditioner had gone out in the entire building and that an HVAC service person would be repairing it that afternoon. I couldn’t believe I had to sit in this hot building all day while we waited on the local HVAC company to send someone over. I figured that I needed to make the best of it, so I took off my sweater, sat down, and turned my fan on. The cool breeze felt good, but I wished the air conditioner was still working. It never occurred to me how much I depended on a good quality HVAC unit to ensure I did a good job at work. After what felt like days, the HVAC repairman showed up and fixed our A/C. I was never so grateful in my life. Now, every morning that I walk in the door and the air conditioning is on I say a little prayer of gratitude for another day out of the heat.

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