I haven’t lived at my parents’ house for several years. About three years ago, I bought a brand new home not too far from them. Despite having a decent home of my own, the holidays are all still hosted at my parents’ house. But last year, my father called me and told me that he didn’t think my mom could handle the stress of cooking for Thanksgiving this year. He then asked me to host the holiday. I was super excited to finally have a chance to show off my hosting skills. I spent weeks preparing and cleaning. Then on Thanksgiving morning, I woke up to a loud banging sound coming from my HVAC system vents. Then the entire heating system shut off. I ran over to the wall thermostat and turned off the switch to the heater immediately. Then I gave my HVAC unit a few moments to recuperate and tried to start it again, but it just would not turn on! I was so frustrated! I couldn’t find an HVAC company working on the holiday at all. Then I remembered I had a fireplace in my dining room. In a hurry, I turned the fireplace on and tried to forget about my HVAC system. My parents, aunts, uncles, and siblings arrived and I ushered them straight to the dining room where the fireplace was roaring. I didn’t even have to try very hard as they were all drawn to the ambiance for the fireplace. I don’t think anyone even remarked that my heater wasn’t working, not even my nosy aunt Sue!
I think it’s going being a long, and very hot Summer. I am glad I have a good HVAC system at my house. I don’t use the furnace much in winter as it doesn’t get too cold here. I live in the South. Nonetheless summers are another story entirely. You definitely need some cold A\C on throughout the summer time. I wish to keep it nice and frosty in my house so I turn the thermostat down as low as possible. I don’t know what setting I keep it at but it is below the manufacturer suggested temperature, I am sure. I don’t care if our utility bills are high as long as I have ice cold air conditioning in the summer time. The funny thing is we grew up without air conditioning inside the house. I guess that is the reason why I like the A/C a great deal. My brother is a much different story altogether. He doesn’t like air conditioning whatsoever and he’ll crank up his gas furnace in the winter weeks. I think he keeps his thermostat set on eighty-five degrees within the winter weeks. Well, he is pretty skinny thus I guess he doesn’t have a whole lot of insulation to keep him warm. The truth is that I am of average height and weight but the two of us are just opposites in the case of heating and air conditioning. Sometimes I go to visit him and he won’t even turn the cooling system on when I am there. I get back at him by keeping my thermostat set low when he comes to visit me in Winter time. I guess we could call a truce and become more hospitable. We need to make an arrangement so when I visit him he turns his air conditioning on and when he visits me I turn heat up on the gas heater.
Last year, we let our grown daughter move back home and she’s still living with us. We have enjoyed having her company, and over the first few months, we had an enjoyable time having her home. Now it really has been fourteen months, and she is still sleeping on a cot in the basement. She has a full time job, but she still chooses to reside here with us. I wasn’t terrible bothered by her presence, until she started to complain about our A/C all the time. My husband likes to keep the A/C set to 80 degrees in order to save money on the electric costs. The heat or A/C is not likely to affect me much, so the temperature is usually okay with me. Our girl has been complaining since Spring began, and she is constantly adjusting the setting on the thermostat. When we complained about her adjusting the thermostat, she went out and bought a portable little A/C unit for our basement. Unfortunately, she didn’t think about getting a portable A/C unit with a good SEER rating, and it is costing us a large amount of cash to run the blessed thing. In April alone, I think the electric charge was higher by almost a hundred bucks. My husband and I will have to sit down with this daughter of ours and explain the laws of supply and demand. She will have to start helping out at home, or she is going to take her portable A/C somewhere except our downstairs basement.
I have a lot of trouble sleeping at times. It’s gone on for as along as I can remember. I usually try to go to bed early, but I’ll toss and turn for half the night. I usually don’t fall asleep until about one that morning. Last week, I had a truly bad cold, so my lack of sleep was much worse. I went to bed even earlier than general, but my house was freezing for reasons unknown. The bad air quality made it impossible for me to fall asleep. I got up to change the settings on the thermostat so my heating system would kick on. I also got an important warm blanket to bide enough time until warm air came rushing on the ductwork. I waited for many moments, but the air quality just stayed cold. There must have already been something wrong with my heating system. I hoped it would kick on soon, because I really couldn’t afford to have any kind of repairs done to my HVAC system. HVAC technicians were very pricey and money was very tight for me at this point. I got up again to confirm my furnace was broken. Maybe if I jiggled those wires around it would turn on and start doing its job. I tried to get it to operate, but the air quality just wouldn’t get warmer. I could make sure the furnace was trying to operate, but it seemed like there seems to be something stuck in the ductwork. It was too cold to handle this. I wrapped myself up inside of a blanket and tried to imagine myself sitting beside a nice warm fireplace. I would call an HVAC technician that morning. I had no choice right now.
Because I am an author, I desire to write, but sometimes I can’t select exactly when inspiration strikes. Just a few nights ago, I got the urge to get up around midnight and start writing. I couldn’t help this. I got up, started writing furiously, and noticed it was freezing cold. I assumed my air conditioner had up being broken again. I adjusted the thermostat and hoped for the best. No warm air came out of the ductwork, however, so the quality of air remained frozen. Morning finally came and I had to decide to call my local HVAC technician in the future fix it. He arrived with all his tools and started to inspect the thermostat, ductwork, central heater, air conditioner, and all other portions of the heating and cooling system. I talked to him for awhile, and then he went back to succeed. He found there was a problem with the air conditioner, the furnace, the thermostat, and blockage inside the ductwork too. My whole heating and cooling system was destroyed! I couldn’t believe it. I had no choice but to pay for the repairs, but at least the HVAC technician was nice enough showing me some energy saving suggestions. I was happy for that at a minimum. I wasn’t too happy that wanted to fix almost every element associated with my heating and cooling system however. It cost me a ridiculous amount of money! I learned my lesson that night. Never ever again would I allow my HVAC system to ever get that neglected all over again. I would make sure to enjoy my HVAC system inspected at least a couple of times a year.
It’s not very often I’m able to go out of town to do something, but I did have to venture to an event in which was far enough away remaining in a hotel was much smarter than driving up and back in the same period. So, I checked into a reasonably priced place and went on my merry way to do my work. I made contact with the hotel, and to my dismay the place was in pretty crummy condition, and it sounded like an old man was hiding below the bed, but really it was this stuffy ancient wall unit that was probably worse because I had to stare at this thing the night I slept there. The fan was ridiculously loud too. I doubted any proper HVAC maintenance had been done to this equipment a year, maybe more. Forget about air conditioning maintenance or filter changes, this thing was hacking up its last lung. I could only hope I wouldn’t catch some weird airborne thing due to the more than likely poor indoor quality of air inside this room. It seemed like it might be the worst case scenario. I was at least thankful the sheets inside my room looked clean. The bath towels seemed alright to for hotel standards. A final thing you don’t want or expect is for the air unit to be on the fritz. The room itself wasn’t very hot either because the fan was hacking away in the corner. I couldn’t sleep and was sweating, and I think I was probably talking to myself, as I lay in the bed in denial of the overall situation.
Down south, it gets pretty hot. So, I’m definitely going to always have the air conditioner in my car to the coolest temperature setting, and I’ll also have the fan on the optimum speed. But, there’s something to notice for constantly running these functions for the trip in the car. I always have the air circulating inside my car, and I really never drive with my windows down. If I do, I turn my whole system off because I’m sure it’s better for the car and isn’t wasting energy. It’s much nicer to have outdoor air circulating in with the system off when I have the windows down. I don’t want to lose any air the system is producing to outside. But again, when a system is running at full speed because it’s so hot, I gotta believe I’m likely crossing some fine lines always using my equipment. Through some research, I read from an HVAC professional on humid days, the car will actually burn more fuel with the engine to provide air inside the car. The parts of the AC can actually use up 3 or 4 horsepower of energy from your car. I can’t believe the quantity of energy needed just to have an air conditioner on in a car or truck. It can be like driving inside of a run can when it gets hot outdoors and I’m in the car. The only thing I do right now is balance between utilizing my AC inside car and shutting it off and rolling down the windows.
Recently, I landed my dream job in my field. It pays awesome, everyone who works there is friendly, I love the work itself, and the office building I work in isn’t only nearby, but super nice too. It was just constructed two years ago, so many of the amenities and most of the devices in it’s super hi-tech and brand new. Aside from the new computers, projectors, and even modern day coffee makers, the biggest draw could possibly be the office HVAC system. The thing could warm up an ice rink or turn the Sahara desert to ice. It’s so strong and on the hottest days I’m still comfortable in a very nice suit. Same goes for cold days, when the heater kicks on you would think it’s spring out despite it being zero degrees outside. The office even has a complex system of air ducts to allow the thermostat to heat certain portions of the office more than others, so when one room is too hot, the heater can be changed significantly while leaving all other locations of the office the same. It’s really a modern brilliant piece of HVAC technology, and it must cost the company a fortune to have it running all the time and serviced regularly. I’m just thankful they’ve got it, I’ve grown accustomed to such dingy offices with poor cooling and heating, or even working from home where I don’t actually have functioning HVAC equipment at this point. It’s a wonderful change from what I thought was normal.
One or two years back I got this easy job in a kitchen to help my financial situation. I only worked there a few days a week, and it was essentially a side gig for making some extra cash for vacations. I obtained the training real quick, got friendly with the the staff who worked there and overall had a nice experience while I was there. Just the thing I never adjusted to, and won’t miss was the crazy heat blasting in the kitchen. I never thought the many ovens, and heat lamps could generate much heat. I wasn’t even behind the cooking line, thus I can’t even imagine what the chefs went through standing over scorching hot french-fried potatoes and stoves all day. My first day there I had to step outside because I thought I was gonna be sick from the intense heat of the kitchen. As it turns out at this place, like most restaurants, HVAC devices is equipped to mostly cool the dining floor, but not the kitchen. So the AC is running and blasting, but only enough to help make the customers comfortable, not the kitchen staff in the back. Some of the more experienced workers wore cooler clothing, brought in icy packs, knew where the cooler spots around the kitchen were, etc. It’s something which I never got used to, and I don’t miss that at all. I now work in a nice building with proper air conditioning so I don’t sweat an ocean of sweat every day as a result.
As a musician, I have been to several places that I must perform in to make some money. I have played my music in places like big concert halls, universities, small record establishments, even grocery shops. And besides to be a musician, I am a musician that will occasionally play a wind instrument. That means that whenever I’m playing my wind instrument within places like these, I’m pretty sensitive with the type of air, since it is what’s making the sound inside my instrument. That’s why I’ve gotten pretty sensitive to the HVAC systems in the venues that I do play in. In some places, you may be surprised at either how excellent or bad the heating and cooling is actually. I have played in some halls in universities that you would assume had great HVAC, using reality, their heating and cooling systems were the worst of the bunch in my opinion. I have played in some dinky cafes where the HVAC is amazing, sporting the best humidity control that you would never expect a hole-in-the-wall cafe to experience or even have installed. I guess all that I’ve learned is that places can astonish you, and that you can’t judge a book by its cover concerning HVAC, because heating and cooling systems work behind the scenes. They aren’t out front where everyone can have access to them, but everyone that frequents the building can certainly feel comfortable due to the way the HVAC unit heats and cools. Playing at a venue that has great heating and cooling is a stress-reliever and allows me to play better.