I think I just about threw my mother into having a heart attack last Thanksgiving.
She always wants the family to say what they are thankful for before we eat dinner.
Every year, we all say the obligatory, ‘We are thankful for family and friends, and this wonderful meal.’. Last year, I had a different type of year. I had recently moved out of my parent’s home. I couldn’t afford a lot because I was a struggling college student. I ended up looking at some apartments in the old part of town. Many of the houses still had the original facade. I never thought the inside of the houses were also all original. I couldn’t believe how much the people wanted, just to rent an efficiency apartment. Few of them even had window air conditioners and they had an original heating system. The only draw with this area was that it was so close to the college I was attending. I couldn’t believe it when I found a home that had been turned into student housing. Each house was turned into several efficiency apartments with a shared kitchen. There was a brand new heating and air conditioning system, and it had Zone Control so we all had our own thermostat. The price was right where I hoped it would be. When it was my turn to say what I was thankful for at the Thanksgiving table, I told them that I was thankful for good HVAC. All of the heads turned to stare at me, like I had three heads. I quickly added that I was also grateful that I had such a wonderful family and meal in front of me.
I have to admit that I may not be the most vigilant when it comes to my following up with maintenance and air filter changes.
I should be doing this on a regular basis, but I am also a busy person.
When my HVAC system started to give me problems, I was pretty sure it was my fault. My fear was that I was going to need to get a new HVAC system, or at the very least, a new furnace. I called the HvAC company, hoping to be able to get someone out to my house soon. When the HvAC technician finally arrived, it was getting pretty darn cold in my house. I was glad to see him. I already had it in my mind that I was going to need a new furnace. I had all my information ready and I was hoping to be able to get a little bit of help on paying for the furnace. The HVAC technician quickly went to work on my furnace and he did a thorough inspection. I was surprised when he came back upstairs and told me he had to go to his service van. He had a box under his arm when he came back inside. I asked him what he was carrying. He told me that all I needed was a blower motor. I couldn’t believe what he was saying. He was telling me that my furnace was okay and all I needed was a part to keep it working. He said the blower motor was the part that pushed the heat from the furnace into the house. I got away pretty cheaply that day, and I was thrilled.
He was able to show me where I was losing heating and air conditioning and where my drafts were coming from
I was faced with a problem in my house. It didn’t matter which room I was in, the temperatures were not the same. I thought that since I had only one thermostat, I should have had the same temperature throughout. I was sadly mistaken in this one. Even if I had a one-room house, I was still going to have some areas that were cooler or warmer than others. It all had to do with how far away from the thermostat you were. I decided to have Zone Control put into my home. The HVAC technician showed up and installed a thermostat in every room. He did some work in the ductwork, where he installed valves that would open and close, depending on how much heating or air conditioning you wanted in the individual rooms. I was able to change temperatures, or just turn the HVAC off, in rooms I wasn’t using. Unfortunately, the Zone Control wasn’t fixing the draft or uneven temperatures. The HVAC technician got out a heat gun and showed me that my real problem was lack of insulation. He was able to show me where I was losing heating and air conditioning and where my drafts were coming from. I never realized just how important it was to have good insulation in your home, until I had the HvAC technician come in and install Zone Control. If he hadn’t noticed that I still had a draft and done the heat loss test, I would not have realized I had insufficient insulation. Maybe I didn’t need the Zone Control, but I definitely needed the input of the HVAC technician.
I had been considering going to school to get my HVAC certification.
HVAC certification is expensive and it takes quite a while to complete.
Some classes are a few short weeks, but HVAC certification is several long months. I had a family and I couldn’t afford to take the time off and complete it. I had to continue working my full-time job. I didn’t have the option of switching shifts either. I had to go to night school to get my HVAC certification. Night school has fewer hours, and the local college only has courses a couple nights a week. If I had been able to take classes during the day, I would have had my certification in half the time. I found out that even though I was taking night classes, I was still getting the same quality information. It was taking me longer, but I had time with my family. I was able to work my job and still have time to study. It was a long, hard period while I worked for my HVAC certification, but we held it together. When I finally graduated, I had my certificate in hand and I was able to get a job with a local HVAC company. It has been fraught with trials and tribulations, but in the end, our family has survived and I finally have the job I have dreamed of for years. If possible, I think I like working in HVAC even more than I had imagined I would. If you have a dream of being a certified HVAC technician, don’t shy away because of night school. For me, it was a great alternative.
I never really thought about all of the things that can cause my air quality to be bad.
To be honest, I don’t think I ever really thought about the air quality of my home. If I had something for dinner that had a particularly pungent odor, I knew what we had for a couple of days. I would change the trash, but the smell didn’t go away right away. When I was beginning to notice that my air quality was failing and I had been eating out, I had to find the source. I thought about calling the HvAC company, but I also thought this would be expensive just to be told to buy a new garbage can. I had a revelation when I was dusting the air vents that lead to the air conditioning unit. I got up on the ladder, surprised to find that the acrid odors were coming from my air vent. I started opening the air vent and I was shocked to see what all had accumulated inside the air vent. There was greasy dust all over the inside of the air vent. I knew that if it was inside this air vent, it had to be inside all of the air vents. I got out a bucket and filled it with hot soapy water. After vacuuming all the air vents, I went to work at scrubbing them. It took a couple days to complete the work, but it was worth it. The next day I walked into the house, my home smelled fresh and clean.
Mini split air conditioner
I had to board up my HVAC shop because I was afraid that all my HVAC machines and HVAC components would be stolen
For the longest time, I have been a proud owner of a successful HVAC shop. It wasn’t until recently when things started to get really crazy. The pandemic has been a huge deal, but HVAC businesses were considered essential, so we were able to keep doing our thing through the pandemic as long as we took precautions with running the HVAC business. I pushed hard for UV air purification systems and air purifiers because I wanted people to be safe and healthy. Then eventually, this unfortunate thing happened with police brutality that caused masses of people to start protesting. Well, I’m all for peaceful protesting, that’s part of our constitutional rights after all. The thing is, these protests started peaceful and then started to get completely out of hand. People started rioting, breaking windows, breaking into businesses and stealing everything. I had to board up my HVAC shop because I was afraid that all my HVAC machines and HVAC components would be stolen. I thought I could call the police to help, but they were way too busy with all the rioting going on. Then they started protesting talking about defunding the police and our city is actually considering doing just that. I feel like the people running my state have lost their minds! How are we going to keep order in our society without the police? How can I keep my HVAC business safe? After seeing all the graffiti on the boards I placed over my HVAC shop windows, I decided it was time to move somewhere else that has better leadership.
My wife has become entirely addicted to going to the casino.
At first, she had a bunch of friends telling her that she should come to the casino with them.
She wasn’t all that interested at first because she was never into gambling, but then they told her about the excellent climate control system and the incredible UV air purification systems. She wanted to see what the fuss was about, so she went with her friends. She did so well at the slot machines, that she became hooked. She also really enjoyed the temperature control settings at the casino, and she would talk to me about it all the time. I was always hearing about how much money she won and how we should get a UV air purification system like they have at the casino. I said if she wanted to pay for it, then we could get it. Eventually her friends were sick of hearing her talking about going to the casino, and then she started trying to convince me to go along with her. I never had an interest in gambling, I don’t care how nice their climate control system happens to be. No matter what she said, I wasn’t going to the casino. I would go to the movie theatre, or a nice restaurant, or anything like that, but not the casino. Eventually she told me about how angry she was when she went to the casino last. She talked about being at her lucky slot machine for hours and she was on a severe losing streak. She said it was her favorite because it was under an HVAC vent and the A/C felt great. When she finally gave up, and somebody else sat down, they won the jackpot on the first try. She was so mad about that.
I started to become aggravated this summer when everybody started using their A/C systems.
There wasn’t really a problem with most people using their A/C, but it was my neighbor’s A/C that was really bothering me.
His A/C system was making this very loud screeching noise. I even told him that he should call up the HVAC company to have his A/C system checked. He said the noise didn’t bother him and his A/C system was working just fine. Somehow, I had my doubts about that. When your HVAC system is making crazy noises, that is always an indication that there is a major problem, and you should always have things like that checked out even if the problem isn’t that serious. A small problem with your HVAC system will eventually turn into a big problem and cost you a small fortune to have fixed. Well, the neighbor never bothered to call up the HVAC company, and the noise just kept getting louder. I was actually able to have some peaceful nights when the temperatures would drop a good amount, but on the hot nights I kept getting woken up by the neighbor’s insanely noisy A/C system everytime it would kick on. I knew that there was nothing I could say because he seemed to not really care about the problem with his A/C system. Eventually, I was happy when I actually didn’t hear that loud A/C screaming through the night. I thought maybe the neighbor had his A/C system fixed, but it turned out that his HVAC system broke down. He ended up having to get emergency HVAC repair services in the middle of the night. I know that must have cost him a fortune. He can’t say that he wasn’t warned!
Quality heating and air
Something my wife had a hard time getting used to is the fact that I talk to myself on occasion.
I would be saying something to myself and she would always ask me what I said if she was in earshot of me.
I had to just say it was nothing, and if she pressed, I had to explain that I was only talking to myself. She thought that was weird, and she told me that I should really quit doing that. I don’t know, it’s just something that feels natural to me and it helps me work through whatever problems I am dealing with. Not too long ago, I was talking to myself trying to figure out which air filters I should be using. I remember somebody telling me that the fiberglass air filters were not very good. I was asking myself why they would sell these air filters if they were no good for an HVAC system. I thought maybe the company that made those air filters should be sued if your HVAC system experienced problems after using that type of air filter. When my wife heard me talking about air filters, she said we should probably go with HEPA air filters because she heard that they pull 99.9% of contaminants from the air. I agreed with her that those sounded great, but I knew they were terribly expensive. She said that you can’t put a price on your health and well being. Then I started talking to myself again trying to decide whether I should buy the air filters online or at the store. My wife shouted to just buy the HEPA air filters online already and quit talking to myself!
Over the years, I have collected all kinds of junk in my attic.
Eventually, I decided it was time to clear out the attic and maybe make some good money selling the stuff.
I actually spoke to a good friend of mine who happens to sell antiques and he also does appraisals. So I asked him if he could come look at the old stuff that I had collected in my attic. I told him I had a bunch of old school toys, some window A/C units, and even a few furnaces up there. He seemed interested in the furnaces more so than anything else. When he finally was looking over the items, he was completely drawn to my antique furnaces. They had the old patterns and everything and they were well built furnaces. I knew when I collected them a long time ago that they had to be worth a good amount of money. I was actually shocked when my buddy told me how much they were worth. I really was sitting on a good amount of money. He said he would take everything from the old toys I had, to the HVAC components. He gave me a good amount of money for all of the things, and I was really happy that I asked him to help me out. Even though he gave me a good amount of money for all the old junk I had, he said he would be able to make a good profit from selling all the stuff. I guess it’s a win-win situation for both of us.