I Stayed at A Hotel While they were doing HVAC Maintenance:

I have to travel for work a lot.

As someone who enjoys traveling, I love this aspect of my job. I’ve been working for the same company for 10 years now, and I consider myself an expert when it comes to traveling. Last week, my boss was so sick that he couldn’t make it into the office. He sent me an email saying I’d need to make my own travel arrangements for an upcoming business trip. I spent that afternoon buying my flight and booking a hotel. Our company has a connection with one hotel brand in particular, so I always stay with them when I’m traveling for business. I didn’t think twice when booking a room for 2 nights. As soon as I arrived at the hotel, I quickly realized I’d made a mistake. The receptionist informed me that the hotel was undergoing HVAC maintenance, and all rooms were without heat or air for the week. When I expressed my concern, she told me it’s been listed on their website for weeks. I consented to the room knowing there was HVAC maintenance going on when I made my reservation. All night long, I was sweltering hot. The air in my room felt suffocating, and I could hardly breath. I became so desperate that I opened the window to get some cool air. It stirred the hot air around slightly, and enabled me to fall asleep. When I woke the next morning, my room was significantly cooler, but my sinuses were draining now. The open window brought in pollen with the cool air, and my sinuses were paying. I will never book a room without looking at the website again.

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Picking a New HVAC System for My New Home:

I’m currently knee deep in building a brand new home for myself.

It’s my dream home, and it’s being built from the ground up.

Ever since I was a little boy, I’ve dreamed of having a home that was designed by me. I didn’t want to purchase another cookie-cutter home that somebody else lived in, and I definitely didn’t want to buy a brand new house that didn’t have any of my own personal style in it. Before my home came to life through blueprints, I had to find the perfect contractor. Finding a contractor who has your best interest in mind and efficiently does their job is hard to find. Thankfully, a good buddy of mine connected me with someone he knew and loved. We hit it off as soon as we met, and he’s been nothing short of amazing when bringing my dream home to life. However, before I hired him, he had one odd requirement. He told me that I had to speak with his HVAC technician when it came time to install my own HVAC system. I trusted him, so I agreed. When we were ready to select and install my home’s HVAC system, I met with his preferred technician. Fully intending him to pressure me into buying the next big thing, I was pleasantly surprised when he actually tried to pick the best HVAC system for my heat and air needs. He discussed maintenance, efficiency, size, and thermostats with me. I walked away knowing that I’d selected the best HVAC system for my new home. I can’t wait to move in!

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We got radiant heated floors for our bathroom!

This seemed like a good solution for us.

One of my favorite things to do especially after getting up in the morning is to take a nice warm shower. The shower helps me to wake up and I always feel nice and refreshed afterwards! The only thing that bothers me to a certain degree is stepping on those chilly bathroom tiles when I get out of the shower. I have talked to my wife about this situation and she agrees that the chilly tiles are rather frustrating. I started putting a portable heater in the bathroom to try to fix this problem, but that was only helping a little bit. It really wasn’t fixing the problem entirely, plus it seemed to be a bit of a hazard to have electrical equipment running in the bathroom around all the water. I ended up calling our HVAC company to see about solutions for this problem. They told me that they could install radiant heated floors. There were two types of applications, electrical heating, or heating with water piping. With the electrical heating, they would pull up the tiles and place the electric heating pads down and put the tiles back down. This seemed like a good solution for us. With the water piping, they would have to install a boiler system and connect the water piping. They could install the water piping under all the floors, but it would require us to rip up all the floorboards. This would be a very costly installation, so we opted for the electrical radiant heated flooring. We only put this in the bathroom and it easily solved the problem of the chilly tiles!

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I was thinking it should be illegal to shut off people’s heating in the winter months

Since my wife and I were really struggling with the finances, I was really concerned when we got a shut off notice from the gas company. I thought that without gas there was going to be no way to use our furnace to keep warm! It was the midst of the winter season too and I was really upset when I seen this shut off notice. When I showed my wife the shut off notice, she told me that we actually needed that. To go through this government program called HEAP, we needed to bring the shut off notice so that they would pay the bill and keep our gas on so we could use our furnace and not freeze to death. I thought it was strange that we actually needed to get a shut off notice, but she said that was just the way they operated. Eventually she said we would be in the system and they would automatically cover the cost for the heating during the winter months. I thought this sounded great and I suddenly was not so worried about us freezing in the winter season. I was thinking it was a great program to keep people from freezing like that in the cold season. I’m glad that we actually have certain programs like this to help people get by when they are struggling financially. I honestly don’t know what we would have done if we were not able to use the heating system in our house, especially in the winter season! I remember my first thoughts getting that notice, was that it should be against the law to shut off people’s heat in the middle of the winter months! We would have froze to death!

 

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Mother’s Heating and Cooling System is Inadequate

I was raised by a woman who taught me that family always came first.

In reality, she was a shining example of that axiom. Her actions toward our extended family did all the teaching I needed. There were also Aunts and Uncles helping each other out which further cemented the idea of family. Now, it’s my turn. There isn’t a lot of money in our family but we make do. My mom’s heating and cooling system is no longer doing the job. She is cold in the winter and hot in the summer. The HVAC system is so old and out of date that she is really suffering during the winter months. I simply can’t have that. Instead of replacing the archaic propane heating system, I have proposed she move South and winter with us. She is a very independent woman so it may take a great deal of convincing. However, I know she is sick to death with living in all that cold. The winter where I live gets chilly but nothing a good heat pump heating system can’t handle. I even had our current HVAC modified for my mother’s arrival. We were able to create an independent zone for her living area so she can turn the heat up all she wants during our cool winter. I think she will like knowing she has that independence at least. Regardless, it will sure beat freezing due to a completely inadequate HVAC heating unit. I hate that she has to relocate from her home for a few months. But, I think she will adjust and perhaps we’ll all get even more connected. She taught me family first so now I’m going to deliver on that.
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Family Cabin Gets Long Awaited Heating and Cooling Upgrade

I have long had a beautiful little cabin up in the hills.

The environment is a far different animal than the one we live in on a daily basis.

The cabin has been passed down from my Grandfather. It is quite primitive with very little in the way of amenities. I’ve kept it primarily for my children and extended family. There is no real heating and cooling system to speak of in the cabin. It has a wood stove for heat in the winter and it gets the job done. However, there is just no viable cooling mechanism. My children are older now so, we spend as much time up there as possible. The more and more time we spend at the cabin, the more I see the need for some sort of proper HVAC. I hate window A/C units because they are ineffective and loud. But, I have found a solid alternative. A mini split HVAC system looks as though it will suit us just fine. The system is ductless and connects to a condenser through a hole in an exterior wall. An air handler is mounted high on that same wall and that is all there is to it. I’ve done my homework by talking with my HVAC pro. After reviewing the schematics with me, he felt certain that my family and I could install the mini split system. This is imperative considering there are no HVAC professionals at the ready where our cabin sits. I have purchased a mini split HVAC system and have readied it for the trip to the cabin. It may take the better part of a weekend to get the new heating and cooling system installed. But, it sure will be worth it on those hot nights during the height of summer.

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My wife needs proper ventilation because of pregnancy

My wife and I have been attempting to have children for a few years, and we finally found out that she was pregnant a few months ago.

  • It was my birthday that month so you can imagine how excited I was to find out on my birthday that my wife was pregnant.

However, these last few months have been pretty devastating for our family. My wife has been pretty sick for the last few months, and it has been rough on us. We have had to upgrade our HVAC units to help her to survive this pregnancy. One thing that she is particularly sensitive about it smells. We have had to check and change every air filter in our HVAC unit to help eradicate any smell in our house. After upgrading our air filters to the best ones that money could buy, we realized that we might have to invest in a complete ventilation system. This HVAC system would supply our house with fresh air, eliminating the odors that made my wife so nauseated. Along with the ventilation problems, we have also struggled with the thermostat for these last few months. She can’t ever decide if she wants to use the air conditioner or the furnace, and it is driving me insane. I never know how I am supposed to dress in my own home because the thermostat is changed so often. I can’t wait until the second trimester of the pregnancy when the air filters and thermostats will no longer be as much of an issue. I also can’t wait to meet my baby for the first time.

 

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Ventilation and smells in a house without proper HVAC

Does your house smell poorly? Mine definitely did. Every time that we would walk into our house after being away, the house would smell awful, and it seemed like there was nothing we could do about it. We made sure to take out the trash every morning, and we kept things very clean. We even lit candles while we were home, but nothing helped. That was until we called an HVAC company. They explained the many things that can be done to help your house to smell better. The first thing that you can do is install a dehumidifier. Moisture can wreak havoc on a house, and it can cause your house to smell very musty. Dehumidifiers can remove that moisture from the air, prevent mildew from overtaking your nice house. Also, you should make sure to change the air filters on your furnace and air conditioner units. Those air purifiers prevent dust and other harmful particles from floating in your air, and when they get too dirty, they no longer are helpful. By changing those air filters out, you are ensuring that the air from your furnace or air conditioning is nice and clean. If that doesn’t do the trick, you should consider purchasing a dedicated air purification system. It does the same thing but on a larger scale. It will ensure that nothing foul or harmful will make it into your air. If none of those work, you can install proper ventilation, which would allow more fresh air into your house, forcing the musty and stale air out of your home.

 

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Maintaining a straight face

I have to travel for toil a lot.

As someone who enjoys traveling, I love this aspect of our job.

I’ve been working for the same supplier for 10 years now, plus I consider myself an expert when it comes to traveling, however last week, our boss was so sick that he couldn’t make it into the office. He sent myself and others an SMS saying I’d need to make our own travel arrangements for an upcoming company trip. I spent that afternoon buying our flight plus booking a hotel, our supplier has a fastenion with a single hotel brand in certain, so I regularly stay with them when I’m traveling for business. I didn’t believe twice when booking a room for 2 days. As soon as I arrived at the hotel, I quickly realized I’d made a mistake. The receptionist informed myself and others that the hotel was undergoing Heating plus Air Conditioning repair, plus all rooms were separate from heat or air for the week. When I expressed our concern, she told myself and others it’s been listed on their website for weeks. I consented to the room knowing there was Heating plus Air Conditioning repair going on when I made our reservation. All night long, I was sweltering hot. The air in our room felt suffocating, plus I could hardly breath. I became so desperate that I opened the window to get some cool air. It stirred the tepid air around slightly, plus enabled myself and others to fall asleep. When I woke the next afternoon, our room was significantly cooler, but our sinuses were draining now. The open window brought in pollen with the cool air, plus our sinuses were paying. I will never book a room separate from looking at the website again.

Electric heat pump

I enjoy traveling

I have to travel for labor a lot, however as someone who enjoys traveling, I appreciate this aspect of my task.

I’ve been working for the same dealer for 10 years now, and I consider myself an expert when it comes to traveling, and last week, my boss was so sick that she couldn’t make it into the office.

She sent me an email saying I’d need to make my own travel arrangements for an upcoming business trip. I spent that morning buying my flight and booking a hotel, however our dealer has a connection with 1 hotel brand in particular, so I always stay with them when I’m traveling for business. I didn’t think twice when booking a room for 2 nights. As soon as I arrived at the hotel, I abruptly realized I’d made a mistake. The receptionist informed me that the hotel was undergoing Heating, Ventilation & A/C maintenance, and all rooms were without heat or air for the week. When I expressed my concern, she told me it’s been listed on their website for weeks. I consented to the room knowing there was Heating, Ventilation & A/C maintenance going on when I made my reservation. All night long, I was sweltering hot. The air in my room felt suffocating, and I could hardly breath. I became so desperate that I opened the window to get some cool air. It stirred the boiling air around slightly, and enabled me to fall asleep. When I woke the next morning, my room was significantly cooler, but my sinuses were draining now. The open window brought in pollen with the cool air, and my sinuses were paying. I will never book a room without looking at the website again.

Air conditioning worker