Redesigning barn as guest house, mini split and radiant

When we first moved into this house I thought it was very unusual that there was a small barn located behind the residence.

We don’t live on a large piece of property, so it’s hard to imagine anybody creating this animal housing in a mostly residential area.

We weren’t sure what to do with the barn, besides using it to store our lawn mower for the past year. Eventually, I decided we should convert the small barn area to a livable residential space to use as a guest house or rentable apartment. It would be fairly simple to make the charming structure into a delightful rentable room, we only needed to add additional lighting, heating and cooling. I didn’t want to install a central heating and cooling plan because it would be very expensive to retrofit the barn with extensive air ducts. Further, you would see the air ducts hanging in the barn because there weren’t plaster walls to work with. Rather than going with this expensive and difficult to maintain central heating and cooling option, we decided to invest in a few mini split ductless heating and cooling systems. These small HVAC units easily attach to exterior walls and effectively provide energy efficient heating and cooling options. You can install the mini split ductless heating and cooling system on your own in one afternoon, and the air filters are extremely easy to wash. To make the barn extra cozy, I even installed some radiant heated flooring in the bedroom and bathroom areas. This was a great investment. Now, this comfortable little barn is making us a ton of extra cash each month because we market it as a rustic luxury spa.
air purification system

Been depressed, now I’m paying for my stagnancy

I woke up and my air conditioning unit was making terrible sounds.

Like a lot of other folks, I have been extremely depressed for the past couple of months. I didn’t mind staying in my house at first when the pandemic took over the planet. I was content with sitting at home and working on my hobbies. But then, the novelty wore off and I started resenting my home prison. I wasn’t happy anymore and I started to lose all of my motivation. At that point, everything in my life started slipping, including my indoor air quality. You see, normally I’m extremely astute and responsible when it comes to routine heating and cooling maintenance efforts. I have a set schedule to replace my air filters, vacuum out my air ducts, and schedule routine diagnostic appointments with my favorite HVAC consultant. Unfortunately, all of those critical HVAC tasks were correlated to various responsibilities I had at my job. When I stopped going to my job, I stopped getting reminders about my heating and cooling system maintenance. Furthermore, I got so depressed and stagnant that I completely forgot about my household responsibilities and energy-efficiency. When I finally remembered my heating and cooling system the other day, it was because it was too late. I woke up and my air conditioning unit was making terrible sounds. My air quality was hot, muggy, and even more stagnant than I had been. I realized that I hadn’t changed my air filter in months and my air conditioning system never got a professional inspection this spring. Now, my HVAC maintenance bill is going to be much higher, which has added a whole new bout of anxiety to my life. This is why you don’t get depressed and forget about your indoor air quality.

 

Air quality systems

Stand out as an HVAC worker and make big money

When people first see me, they generally assume that I work at some kind of salon.

A lot of times people ask if I’m a hairdresser or cosmetology specialist.

The truth is, I have nothing to do with either of these beautifying professions. In fact, I work in a manly industry where you probably wouldn’t expect to see a brilliant flower like myself. I am a certified heating, cooling, and ventilation specialist for a major air quality control dealership in the metropolitan area. I work right alongside all of the boys to repair and maintain central heating and cooling systems across the city. I am highly respected for my work ethic and expertise in all things related to air quality and respiratory health. However, most people don’t assume that I work in such a gruff and physically demanding field as the HVAC industry when they first meet me. That’s exactly my strategy. By dying my hair bright pink and purple, I am the most memorable heating and cooling technician you have ever met. When I go out on the job and easily repair difficult air quality equipment problems, I’m not going to be forgotten. All of my clients know me by name and can request to use me as their personal HVAC consultant for every repair service. If they don’t remember my name, my HVAC customers can refer to me as the girl with the pink hair. Sure, it’s a bold move to have rainbow colored hair in such a conservative trade industry, but that’s exactly why I’m the most commonly requested HVAC technician on the team.

 

Whole home air purification

Turned on the AC – to low fan setting

Sometimes people really make me exasperated.

I can be very overwhelmed by other people’s needs and personal mishaps. I feel like I have enough on my plate to take care of that it gets far too complicated when other humans introduce their mistakes to my life. This was certainly the case a few days ago when I was halfway through a long road trip and my friend accidentally tortured me all night with zero air conditioning. I had arrived at his house early in the afternoon as the air temperature was quickly heating up outside. When I got inside his house, I realized that the air felt quite stagnant and warm. I didn’t want to insult him or question his central cooling system, so I recommended that we go out on the town for a few hours. We enjoyed the commercial air conditioning at several local restaurants and bars before heading home for the evening. That night, I was certain that he would turn to the indoor air temperature down lower so we could get some sleep. As the evening rolled on, however, I started to get rather nervous because the indoor air quality was still hot and muggy. He also was commenting on the air-conditioning status. He started complaining about his inefficient little cooling system, and mentioned that the AC had been on full blast all day. We both were shocked that the AC unit was incapable of improving the air quality whatsoever. That night was hot, sweaty, and sleepless. The next morning we both looked like zombies. That’s when, I offhandedly asked if he was certain that he had set the AC to the cooling setting. My friend leaned down and looked at the AC unit, only to find that he had turned it to the fan setting without any cooling power.

Programmable thermostat

A bad month

This has been a really rough month for me. The main reason being is that it is the height of allergy season. With allergy season being in full effect, this really makes me feel like crap and sets my allergies off like you wouldn’t imagine! The air quality around here gets really bad, and because my allergies are so serious, not even a portable air purification system can help get rid of the allergies! I must have spent at least one thousand dollars over the past few years on assorted brands of portable air purification systems to try to see if one of them would work in cleaning the air quality in my home enough to get some kind of allergy relief. And nothing worked. The only thing that would work would be one of the whole home air purification systems that they have on the market today. You know, the ones that cost several thousand dollars and become a part of your central heating and air conditioning system. This is not something I was going to dump money into because it is usually just a month or 2 out of the year where I have these problems with my allergies because of the bad air quality. And a few months use per year is not worth a several thousand dollar investment in my opinion. Especially when I am not well off like most people. I have just enough money to survive each month for the most with the job that I do. And that suits me just fine. So I just deal with the bad air quality.

 

Ductless heat pump

It went well

I was a bit concerned when I was having to install radiant heated floors in someone’s home last week.

I am a certified heat and a/c specialist and I have never installed radiant heated floors before in my whole career! Granted, my career in the heating and cooling business has only been the last 2 years since I graduated from HVAC school and got my heating and air conditioning repair and installation licence.

However, when we were in school, we were not taught too much about radiant heated floors. The reason for this was that they were not something that a heating and air conditioning specialist runs into every day. Radiant heated floors are mostly for people who live in colder areas and have money. They are very expensive. And the fact that they are this expensive makes it so that the average person is not going to be ordering the installation of radiant heated floors. But just by my luck I had one of these jobs come up. I was able to bring another heating and air conditioning specialist with me who had experience in radiant heated floors to help walk me through the process in the event I had some issues. Surprisingly though, the entire installation of the radiant heated floors went smooth as ever! I was so relieved by this when I found that installing radiant heated floors was not going to be the super complex nightmare I imagined it to be. So not moving forward, I could install radiant heated floors on my own if needed!

 

climate control

All i wanted

Working for the same HVAC company for the last 10 years is both good and bad in my opinion.

The good part of working for this same heating and air conditioning company is the fact that I have job stability.

However, the bad part is that I have never got a raise! In all this time fixing and installing tons of central heating and air conditioning units I have not ever once been considered for a raise. This is really all I want in order to remain in this job until I retire. But I have to tell you that if the heating and air conditioning company doesn’t give me some kind of raise soon I am going to be looking into other options for employment. Yes changing jobs this far into my life probably would not be a wise idea. But I know that I could be making more elsewhere as a starting wage. And I am talking in the same business of being a certified heating and air conditioning specialist. Many heating and air conditioning specialists are making two to three times what I am making. And it really is not fair in the least! I am going to approach the boss on Monday and see what they say to my proposal for a raise. If they don’t comply, I will simply not say anything and just begin the hunt to find a brand new job as a heating and air conditioning specialist elsewhere. HVAC companies are a dime a dozen, and I am sure one would need my skills!

 

Heating repair

Clearing the air

It was a duct mounted UV air purification system! Why i went this high with an investment was because the air quality specialist said to me that there were a lot of viruses and germs in the house, and that a basic whole home air purification system would not completely kill these

My wife has been on me for a long time about the air quality in our home. Finally, after hearing her complain forever and a day I decided to get some answers! I called this local air quality expert to come to our home and test the indoor air quality. I was shocked to find out that my wife was right and we did have bad indoor air quality. It turns out because of her allergies, she was able to feel it more than I would. So the answer to this problem was to make a major investment and get a whole home air purification system. The whole home air purification system that I chose was not just any whole home air purification system. It was a duct mounted UV air purification system! Why i went this high with an investment was because the air quality specialist said to me that there were a lot of viruses and germs in the house, and that a basic whole home air purification system would not completely kill these. So I set up a really great payment plan with the company that I bought the air purifier from so I could pay it off over the next few years. And now we have a duct mounted whole home UV air purification system that has been going really well. My wife is saying how much better she feels, and I could even tell a huge difference in the air quality! I couldn’t feel it before, but now I really do.

Cooling technology

Been depressed, now I’m paying for our stagnancy

Like a lot of other folks, I have been harshly depressed for the past couple of months.

I did not mind staying in our home at first when the pandemic took over the planet.

I was content with sitting at home plus working on our hobbies. But then, the novelty wore off plus I started resenting our home prison. I wasn’t cheerful anymore plus I started to lose all of our motivation. At that point, everything in our life started slipping, including our indoor air quality, but you see, normally I am harshly astute plus responsible when it comes to routine heating plus cooling maintenance efforts. I have a set schedule to replace our air filters, vacuum out our air ducts, plus schedule routine diagnostic appointments with our favorite HVAC consultant! Unfortunately, all of those critical HVAC tasks were correlated to various responsibilities I had at our task. When I stopped going to our task, I stopped getting reminders about our heating plus cooling plan maintenance! Furthermore, I got so depressed plus stagnant that I completely forgot about our household responsibilities plus energy-efficiency. When I finally remembered our heating plus cooling plan the other afternoon, it was because it was too late. I woke up plus our air conditioning unit was making excruciating sounds. My air quality was hot, muggy, plus even more stagnant than I had been. I realized that I had not changed our air filter in months plus our air conditioning plan never got a professional inspection this Spring. Now, our HVAC maintenance bill is going to be much higher, which has added a whole new bout of anxiety to our life. This is why you do not get depressed plus forget about your indoor air quality.

 

Air conditioning system

Turned on the AC – to low fan setting

Sometimes people easily make myself and others frustrated.

  • I can be undoubtedly overwhelmed by other people’s needs and personal mishaps.

I believe enjoy I have enough on our plate to take care of that it gets far too complicated when other humans introduce their mistakes to our life… This was easily the case a few days ago when I was halfway through a long road trip and our buddy accidentally tortured myself and others all night with zero air conditioner. I had arrived at his beach house early in the morning as the air temperature was quickly heating up outside; When I got inside his house, I realized that the air felt quite stagnant and warm. I did not want to insult him or question his central cooling system, so I suggested that the two of us go out on the village for a few hours. The two of us enjoyed the commercial air conditioner at several local restaurants and bars before heading cabin for the night. That night, I was certain that he would turn to the indoor air temperature down lower so the two of us could get some sleep… As the night rolled on, but, I started to get rather distraught because the indoor air conditions was still tepid and muggy; He also was commenting on the air-conditioning status. He started complaining about his inefficient little cooling system, and mentioned that the AC had been on full blast all day. The two of us both were shocked that the AC unit was incapable of improving the air quality whatsoever. That night was hot, sweaty, and sleepless. The next morning the two of us both looked enjoy zombies. That’s when, I offhandedly asked if he was certain that he had set the AC to the cooling setting, then my buddy leaned down and looked at the AC unit, only to find that he had turned it to the fan setting without any cooling power.
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