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Month: February 2017 (page 1 of 24)

Freezing to death in a cold theater

Although I never go out with my husband, we treated ourselves to dinner and a movie last weekend. I was looking forward to spending a night doing something other than sitting in my pajamas and watching a movie on the couch. I put on a cute skirt and high heels even though it was snowing and freezing outside, and my husband had to scrape the ice off of the car before we could leave. We put the heater on full blast on the drive to the restaurant. We had to park a little ways away, so we were both freezing and I had wet feet by the time we made it to the restaurant. It was a relief that it was very warm inside of the restaurant. But we were soon sweating as the restaurant was overworking their heater. My husband and I each drank three glasses of ice water and were ready to leave that hot restaraunt. We cooled down on the walk back to the car and I had wet feet again. My husband scraped the ice off once again, and then we  drove to the theater and had to endure another long walk through the snow. The tickets were pricey and the snacks were more expensive than our dinner. The movie was long and the theater was freezing, as if they were running the air conditioner. I made a blanket out of napkins and shivered my way through the movie. I couldn’t wait to get home and into my pajamas, with control over the thermostat once again.  HVAC installation

I think this ductless heat pump will keep us comfortable

Last July, I got really sick and was in bed for three days straight. I had a high fever, headache, sore throat, stuffy nose, and upset stomach. I couldn’t keep down anything, and could only tolerate water. I changed between shivering greatly and sweating excessively. I was extremely thankful for the ductless heat pump that is installed inside my bedroom. The heat pump combines heating and cooling capability to one single unit. It operates with a cordless remote, which lets me raise and lower temperature, adjust the fan speeds, or switch to heating and to cooling with the touch of a button. It was extremely helpful that I didn’t have to be out of bed to make the adjustments. Because of how sick I was, I constantly changed between being too cold and feeling too hot. Fortunately, the heat pump is as competent as it is quick at raising or lowering the temperature and it is very energy conscious. It’s electric and doesn’t use up fuel to create warmth. It just transfers heat from one place to another, then finds ambient warmth inside the house and either pumping it in, or moving it out. The heat pump operates quietly, and comes with a multi-stage filter system. Effectively cycling the air, the heat pump traps airborne contaminants like dust and pollen, protecting the indoor quality of air. It was kind of expensive, but it was well worth it. The unit takes up very little space, is cute, and is wonderfully reliable. It requires little maintenance and periodic air filter changes to keep it operating dependably. The heat pump really came in handy while I was sick inside feeling down last July.

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It is very cold in here

The other day, I was the parent volunteer in my daughter’s school. I arrived early in the morning, right after drop-off and realized the school was chilly. Some students were wearing their jackets as they finally sat down in the class and the teacher noted how frigid the school felt. The children were really having a difficult time focusing because of the extremely cold temperature of the room. One student even asked to keep wearing his hat because his little ears were cold. Being a very concerned parent, I went to the principal’s office to ask about the furnace and whether or not it could be fixed immediately. The principal happily informed me that she had contacted the local HVAC business provider and due to the seriousness of the situation, the HVAC business was sending someone over that very afternoon to inspect the furnace and hopefully repair it completely. She also expressed concern with the learning environment and said in the event the school’s HVAC could not be fixed, she was certainly going to cancel school tomorrow. I hesitantly went home shortly after lunchtime because my volunteer shift hours were over but when I stopped at the school at the end of the day to pick my daughter up, I went inside to speak to the principal. As I entered the huge building, it felt remarkably warmer than it had that morning. There were fewer children were wearing their jackets too. According to the principal, there were some pieces of the furnace in terrible condition that this HVAC technician could easily fix. After inspecting the central heat and replacing the pieces that were worn and broken, the HVAC business enrolled the school in a monthly maintenance program that can help prevent any routine maintenance from going undone in the future.

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No AC and inferior heating

When I got out of college, I had student loans, a car payment, and no savings in the bank.  When I was offered a very low paying job, I decided to move across country.  The position promised upward mobility, and  I figured I could live with being on a tight budget for a couple of years.  I searched for and found an apartment on Craigslist. So, I packed up my belongings, and drove north.  I met my roommate on the day I moved in.  I was not happy by both the condition of the apartment and my roommate.  The apartment was small, dirty, ancient, and stunk badly.  My roommate Darren was large, dirty, and stunk badly.  He apparently spend all day sitting on the couch, watching South Park, and eating potato chips.  He left dirty dishes in the sink, laundry, and crumbs everywhere.  The kitchen sinked had a permanent drip the toilet rarely flushed, and the refrigerator didn’t work properly.  The building had no air conditioner and most of the windows were painted shut.  The electrical wiring was so old and out of date that every time I tried to turn on a fan, I blew a fuse. For heating, there an ancient boiler in the basement, to service the entire building. Corroded radiators were provided in each unit.   Whenever the boiler would kick, it would make a litany of strange sounds, but it did heat the building. That is, about half the time.  When the boiler wouldn’t work, Darren would grab a wooden spoon, disappear into the basement, and somehow get that old boiler working again.  He may not have been the ideal roommate, but Darren could be extremely handy to have around.   

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It’s way too cold in here

When I first started college I expected it to be really difficult, with a lot of wacky shenanigans ruining my day like in a comedy and miserable professors stressing me out which has a ridiculous workload that would crush my soul, but it’s literally gone very smoothly. I learned the layout of the campus quickly enough, the assignments aren’t too overwhelming, and my dorm mates are really amazing. My roommate and I actually have most of the same classes together so we are able to remind the other of upcoming deadlines and ensure that we’re both getting there timely. The biggest issue with college life I’ve faced so far, and my roommate agrees with me at night on this, is the temperature inside one of the many lecture halls we have type in. The building has HVAC zone control and allows all the teachers to monitor the temperature control of their own class. Most of the professors apparently use this moderately, with slightly warmer or colder rooms determined by their preferences, except for the main one who cranks the AC as many as turn the lecture hall into a literal freezer. Well, perhaps not really literally, but it is freezing in there! I always make sure to carry two jackets with me so that you can class since my roommate can forget hers when it’s heat outside. Doing so is a mistake due to the insane air conditioning habits of the one professor, though. A group of people in the class even regarded as passing around a makeshift petition to allow him, begging for the air conditioner to remain used less, but didn’t like to get in trouble. However, once I graduate I anticipate going back to make a plea for the sake of all of the classes to return.

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The right HVAC supplier

After my husband was offered a job opportunity, we moved our family across the country. My husband’s new job required an immediate start and many hours, so it was left to me to set up our new home. We bought our home after seeing a virtual tour of it online and the reality was a lot different from the video. It needed to be cleaned and have updates done. There was only one outlet in each room, faucets leaked and drains were much too slow. I introduced myself to my new neighbors and asked for referrals for contractors. I told them I needed a reputable electrician, plumber, and HVAC contractor.  I was pleasantly surprised to find out that one local company handled all the services I needed. With just one phone call, I was able to get all of these items scheduled. I was very grateful to not have to set up several appointments and have to spend that much time explaining myself. I was pretty surprised when just one service tech showed up at my door, but he assured me he was a licensed plumber and electrician as well as a certified HVAC tech. I was unsure if he would be able to get everything addressed in just one day, but he did it all and did a great job. He spent the entire day at my house. He serviced the plumbing, installed electrical outlets, inspected the furnace and cleaned my air conditioner. I enrolled in a maintenance plan to address all of the major systems in my house that includes two service calls per year.   

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My HVAC unit is getting old

I’ve rented a space in an old commercial building on Main Street for some time now, where I run a small specialty store. The HVAC unit in the building is much too old, and never worked very well. There are plenty of supply vents located around that store, and lately it seems more dust than air comes out of them. For the majority of times that I have pour my rent money into my store, it has been freezing in the winter and hot in the summer. It doesn’t matter how I adjust this thermostat, because the HVAC machine rarely responds to my choices, hot or cold. My energy bills are always atrocious as well as the store that is perpetually uncomfortable. That rent is cheap, so I’ve never complained. About twelve months ago, the owner of that building hired an HVAC building contractor to service the heating and cooling devices. I had hoped that the ancient furnace and air conditioner would be replaced with a more effective and energy efficient alternative. Sorry to say, the HVAC technician simply cleaned, adjusted, and replaced a small number of minor parts. Now the HVAC unit provides a tremendous amount of heated or even cooled air. The furnace now blasts far too much heat in the winter, and the air conditioner pumps out an incredible amount of cold air in the summer. I am not sure if this situation is better or worse. It still doesn’t matter if I merely raise or lower the temperature setting to the thermostat, and my energy bills are still outrageous. I am still extremely uncomfortable inside store. I keep hoping the HVAC unit will stop working all together and need to be replaced with a newer model.

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I don’t want the heater on all winter

My organization is not a fan of winter. As soon as the outside temperature turns chilly, I get hold of depressed. I know that We are relegated to living entirely in your own home, trying to keep warm. There will still only rarely be a glimpse in the sun, and the snow will collect outside. I won’t be in a position to go anywhere without first combing the snow off my automotive, scraping the windshield, and letting the heater run for some minutes. It will be dangerous drive an automobile on the ice roads, and I’ll be reluctant to look anywhere. I despise everything on the subject of winter, especially the need to run the furnace for six months straight. It costs me a lot of money every month to maintain my home with a comfortable temperature. I set my thermostat only my family can tolerate the temperature, and it’s still overpriced. I make sure to schedule maintenance for my furnace every fall to increase its performance. A licensed HVAC technician inspects every one of the components, checking for potential problems, removing any buildup of impurities and lubricating all moving areas. Service from my HVAC specialist restores peak heating capacity and combats the majority of malfunctions. It helps me avoid a sudden breakdown part way through the coldest night of the year, and an expensive furnace repair. As much as I hate to own the furnace non stop, my partner and I don’t have much choice. In the event that the outside temperature drops down so low that you can breathe twenty below zero, I need the heating system for coping. Unfortunately, the heater dries out your indoor air so severely that I have problems with sore throat, itchy skin and frizzy hair.

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Heating at the nurses

I never have ever worried about the quality of air in any given structure i’ve worked in. I am not overly susceptible to dust mites, and I don’t have breathing issues or any good allergies. When I took a job teaching fifth grade at an exceptionally small private school, I suddenly became mindful of the importance of good quality indoor air. In the area where i work, the winter season gets started up in September and typically lasts up until the end of April. This requires the school’s heating system to run throughout almost all of the year. The heating system is dated to say the least, and it is the style that only has a few settings. The heater can be either running at maximum capacity or it completely clams up and does nothing. When it starts up, the heater is incredibly loud and distracts the young people from their studies. It then blasts overly heated and gross dry air for nearly an hour before shutting off. Within the next fifteen minutes, it starts up again and gets all the kids riled up and cranky. Because the heater is an old forced air unit, it introduces lots of dirt into the air. In addition, it blows around anything like lint or hair that happens to be in the classroom. By the finish of the school day, I also have a severe cough and feel terribly dehydrated. My throat may get scratchy, my eyes burn, and additionally I sometimes get sneezing fits. Although I’ve repeatedly brought up the problems brought on by the heating system to the head administration, they insist there is not cash in the budget for virtually any improvements. Since the heater is impacting the learning capacity of my students, I feel it can’t be ignored.

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Buildings heating and cooling

Why do it many houses have terrible HVAC systems? Is it that these properties contain outdated and underperforming systems that have already outlived their meager expectations? While that may be true for a number of them, I promise you that these individuals have this same issues. It would be like getting into a project before you found out the smartest method of doing it. I don’t care if you bought the most expensive materials and spent a lot of time right at the end making it look all professional if you didn’t shop around before you got started. It ought to be known that heating and cooling equipment has to be thought of carefully when becoming installed into a new build. Why is this one of the most important projects of a new build? Well, if you find yourself moping about how much higher your utility bills are compared to your neighbor’s, then you should probably take the time to try and avoid that if you can. Proper placement of your heating tank, air conditioner and ductwork is key to making the most efficient HVAC system you can invest in. Like I said with that project, It doesn’t matter if you purchased the most expensive furnace that you can possibly buy, if your air ducts were laid out in a way that is inefficient and going to cost you more cash. it is seriously that simple. i don’t understand what is so hard about this thought process. You need to concentrate on your HVAC installations in a brand new build.

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