Fall is upon us, meaning winter is about to rear its ugly head. The fall season has me preparing my house for the cold season ahead. I am mulching my herb beds, cleaning up my garden to ready it for spring, and readying my pipes for any freezing weather. There are so many things to tend to, in order to prepare the home for the coldest months of the year. One of the many important activities during the autumn, is having the HVAC service team come out, and do a tune-up on the heating and cooling system. We have a contract with our local HVAC service. They come two times per year to perform scheduled maintenance. They have a number of things they do each time. They start with visual checks of all of the major components of the system. They check the air filters, with the UV light to look for leaks and tears. They clean the HVAC unit inside and outside. They check the wiring and the ductwork also. The last thing they do, is run the heat and the air conditioner, to make sure they are both blowing hot or chilly air. The best thing about making use of this regular service, is the assurance I get knowing if they are any minor problems, they get caught right away. Occasionally, when the technician is inspecting our heating and cooling system, they find a problem with the unit. These problems have always ended up being minor things. If these issues had gone unnoticed they may have caused major problems during the winter. Thankfully, fixing minor issues is usually relatively inexpensive.
For many years of my life, I was lucky to avoid the harsh winters. I spent my youth in the South, where we had hot and humid conditions most of the time, instead of cold, frigid conditions. Months of cold climatic conditions, meant highs in the upper forties and an occasional day below freezing. In the more than fifteen years that I lived in the South, we only had snow during one year. When I got married to my husband. we moved north and I then had to see real winter for the first real time in my life. I am not a fan of cold weather. We had frequent snow, and lots of frigid days. The worst part of cold weather, was using the heater constantly. We used the heater starting in September sometimes, going right into March and sometimes later. The heater can be a real blessing, but it can also certainly be a real pain. The heating system inside our house, always dried out the environment. Everything was charged with static, from the hot dry air. The other problem was our heater was old, and hardly ever worked properly. Having a heater that died often, was a major problem. I already hated the cold weather, but having no heater, made me truly loathe and detest it even more. We were renting our house, so if there was heating problems, we needed to call our rental company, and wait for someone else to call the HVAC repair company. This meant we had to wait sometimes 24 hours, before the furnace could be repaired.
When you travel the world, you see a great many things. I’ve lived in many different parts of the world, and I have seen many different ways that people use to heat and cool their homes. You see different cultures of people. They dress differently, speak differently and live differently. A lot of people live in grand, robust homes, whilst some live in little more compared to desolate shacks. Some places, families stay scattered across acres of farmland. In some places, everyone has air conditioning in their homes but no heating systems. Still, in other parts of the world, people have heaters but virtually no air conditioners. In some parts of this world, they have neither heating or cooling systems. I am always amazed at exactly how families manage to warm or cool the homes sufficiently, without using modern appliances like air conditioners, furnace, heaters, or oscillating fans. Some folks without air conditioning, open the windows daily, allowing the cool air to circulate the house, and then in turn, cooling the home. Places without electricity use fire or wood burning stoves to heat their property. These differences around the world are so strange in my opinion. I cannot imagine living as a few people do. They find ways to get along with the simplest of systems, while we struggle without our heating and cooling systems. After some for the heating and cooling methods I have seen, I’m very grateful for my outdated, but working heat pump. It is not the most high-tech piece of equipment, but it works just fine for me.
Some months can be wonderful, and I never, ever complain about the weather. I love when that takes place. Then, there are other times, where I often complain every day. This year it feels like I spent an awful amount of time complaining about the ridiculous heat and rain. Usually, I love the summer, but this year we had so much rain, that I never had to water the yard or garden. The rain has also made the normally hot summer seem excessively hot because of the humidity. Now I’m complaining concerning weather, because we have a hurricane coming. It’s bound to bring in more rain and wind than we are used to. They say to be ready to lose power for a few days or possibly even a week if it’s bad enough. Losing power stinks because the food goes bad inside the refrigerator, plus the lights don’t work, and there is no internet or TV. The worst of the problems without electricity, is that the air conditioner doesn’t work now. Mother nature is still heating the outside like a frying pan, and it can get uncomfortably hot. The heat, when combined with the superior humidity, is downright awful!. I always long for the air conditioner in the aftermath of a summer storm. The air conditioner produces a nice coolness you really enjoy after all that trash clean up. We clear fallen trees and limbs, and rid the yard of other debris. Sorry to say, I do not know anyone with a large enough generator to run their entire HVAC system, along with the home.
Most folks really enjoy fuzzy and fluffy things. It seems like a sanctioned trait, inherent to people. There is some sort of comfort taken from it. Perhaps it truly is an ancient survival instinct to like furs, to always keep warm, and gain comfort in that feeling. Whatever that pleasantness is that people receive from fuzzy things, my brain somehow lacks that trait. In fact, I am repulsed by the softness. When I was younger my parents thought I ended up being a difficult person or just wanted to be different. However, I can say my repulsion to fuzziness can be described as a real thing. All of my dresses are starched, stiff, and rough. When I built my house many moons ago, the climate control system was necessary, because every floor is made of wood. Not having any carpet, heating was so important. I happen to live in a colder climate, so keeping the home warm, with a furnace of great efficiency is a real must. The way my house is laid out, it lent itself well to a hydronic heating system, where hot water is pushed through pipes within the floorboards. Many other HVAC configurations could have done the trick, but I thought that one was most convenient. Air conditioning on the flipside isn’t as crucial in my position. My house has excellent tree-cover, and so the indoor air quality during summer months is automatically cool and soothing. I have engaged the A/C maybe 3 or 4 times total since I have have moved into the place. This was on very warm days when climate control was a must.
It’s about 15 years now, since I have turned my love for clothing and fashion into a real career. Whenever I mention this to certain folks they get excited and say something along the lines of “oh great, you’re a designer! ” Well no, not specifically, I have started my own personal folding and ironing business, right out of my apartment. You see, one can find loads and loads of wealthy people residing in my area. Loads of wealthy people does mean loads of clothing. Loads of clothing means there are tons of piles of wrinkly, unfolded apparel. That, my friends, is where I can come in. I have built up a real reputation in this industry. You may be surprised that my HVAC system is the biggest reason for the exceptional quality of my work and my money. Indoor air quality is obviously super important for personal comfort, but many other exercises need climate control as well. Case in point, my business! If my house had crazy, inconsistent air quality, getting these clothes to come out great would be difficult. Considering my consistency, my thermostat is always set at the very same temperature and humidity. Then, my heating and cooling equipment provides the rest. Since humidity can be described as a huge factor, the air conditioning takes care of a lot in the summer. During the winter I am lucky that my HVAC system includes a wonderful humidifier so the air does not get too dry. So, all in all, my climate control system is a really huge aspect in making all the customers pleased.
I need movies in my life. There is something about planning to go to a movie theater and watching a brand new motion picture that just gets me going. When I was a child, my friends and I would always drive at the theater every Friday or Saturday night. We would go out to eat at a nearby mexican restaurant that was right next to the flicks, and then we would go watch whatever movie there was to be shown. Sometimes there would be a grouping of 15 or more of us, which was always a blast. I would always save my allowance making sure that I could afford dinner and a movie every weekend with my pals. The only thing that really annoyed me regarding the movie theater was that it was always frigid inside. No matter what the temperature was in the parking lot, I was never comfortable temperature wise while inside the theater. They had to have had their air conditioning on all day! I often wondered how much money they spent per month on their air conditioning needs. Also, if it was snowing out in the open, the temperature inside was still not even remotely warm! During the summer months, I would always bring a jacket inside with me at night, even if it was 90 degrees in the neighborhood. In the cold weather, I don’t remember ever removing my jacket when we sat as group to enjoy the movie. I never found out why they always kept this place so cold, but the HVAC unit had to have been working all day, every day.
Many years ago, my grandparents were moved inside an assisted living facility close by one of my previous residences. I am very close to both my grandparents, so I would visit them every day or so. At least once every week, I would head there for lunch or would visit Saturday along with Sunday and bring them lunch so that we could all eat together. I always adored visiting my grandparents and they were always telling stories about their past adventures traveling worldwide and other experiences. The only thing I was not a fan of with the assisted living facility was the fact that the thermostat was always set to 80 degrees! I would likely walk in, even during summer time, and it would be about 77 degrees within the facility. My grandparents were always whining about how precisely hot it was not only in their room, but inside the rest of the building. They couldn’t go any place without feeling hot. So, at the time of my visit, I decided to go and talk to someone about this. I had noticed their room had it’s own thermostat but on every occasion they tried to turn the heat down, they couldn’t get the temperature to go with it. I asked the front desk if there seemed to be any way that they could turn down the temperature. A very kind lady in front said that the entire building is on a single circuit for heating and cooling equipment; therefore, they don’t do zone control in this place. The only solution this girl had was to open a window or two. Needless to say, we transferred my grandparents out of that facility and into one where they’re able to control the HVAC gear in their personal room.
I was formerly a high school teacher. Formerly is the key element of that sentence. Teaching can be an aggravating profession, even though they do get the summers off. If it weren’t for the long breaks that teachers get, no one would ever agree to teach today’s ungrateful youth. The worst is ninth grade. Ninth grade is terrible because girls start do everything they can to attract a boy’s eye and boy’s don’t care about anything else. Ninth grade is also terrible because the boys are clueless about the majority of things. The most important of them is proper hygiene. Ninth score boys stink after PE school. Ninth grade boys stink if he or she work in the auto shop without air conditioning. Ninth grade boys stink regardless if they are in air cooled classrooms, however, whenever the work outside or the air conditioning isn’t working, the smell is almost unbearable. When I got stuck instructing ninth grade, I gave thanks every day for the air conditioning system. The HVAC unit helped whisk away some the stench i could actually breathe at the job. The poor things. If they only knew how revolting they are, they would take a longer shower after gym class together with bring extra deodorant to school. But they never seem to do it. It’s all up to the HVAC system. It’s a hard job, but thank goodness our principal got an extremely good commercial HVAC unit that can actually carry away humidity and bad smells. All of this makes you wonder. Why are those ninth grade girls so into the ninth grade boys?
My colleague on the job has a beautiful home. It is quite large and has a great open floor plan, which is very popular nowadays. At the same time, however, she has a couple of little cozy areas where you can sit and have a cup of coffee in the morning or curl up up under a blanket and read a good book. She bought the house and renovated it to the way it is now. I’m a sucker for her pretty house, so when i started having a house built, I turned to her with regard to advice. She helped me design the size of the rooms and choose the flooring materials and the kitchen appliances. Then, she also assisted me with figuring out what to do about climate control. I didn’t know whether to get heated floors or not. We chose to get them in the bathrooms. Then, I needed help over whether to get all electric HVAC equipment or go with the gas heater. I was really worried that I would make a bad decision, but she was a big help to me. She is smart and in addition has moved several times, so she has had much experience with what works and what doesn’t. Eventually, she agreed to go with me when I was set to meet with the HVAC provider. He, too, was super knowledgeable, I was very happy that I’d a friend and a professional that helped me decide. I think the best decision I made was to schedule regular HVAC maintenance to help keep everything running smoothly.