We always dreamed of going on a safari type of vacation, but didn’t want to deal with the desert heat. We did some research and decided that a trip to somewhere that had a tropical rainforest would be more comfortable, but boy were people wrong. The travel brochures looked so enticing with the quaint little huts you can stay in, and all of the tropical fruit that would be available regularly. They should have had an additional brochure that showed the large amount of the bugs that lived in those areas and the amount of humidity in those huts. Those quaint little huts had no version of an HVAC system, and only had screens on the windows to keep the bugs out while you were sleeping. The daily tracks through the jungle were beautiful and a portion of the animals were amazing but we returned each day sweaty and hot and wanting relief from the heat and humidity. My girlfriend even threatened to head to a local hotel and leave me in the jungle a couple of times. We planned our trip to be a week-long stay, however, after three days we decided we had enough. We asked our local guide which the closest resort was that had a hotel with the amenities that we were in need of. They said that happened often with individuals who were not prepared to live a jungle life without any subsequent form of air conditioning. He directed us to a hotel resort about 20 miles away that had air conditioning, an in-ground pool, and a restaurant. We thought that we had died and gone to heaven as we sat and relaxed by the pool looking forward to a cool night of sleep in air conditioning. I guess we aren’t the adventurous types we imagined we were, or at least not the types to rough it for a long period of time.
When ever asked to go to a conference for work, I always stress about what to pack. I am required to travel many times out of the year, and going across country, you never know what the weather will be like. Take for instance when I go southwest, the days are extremely hot and the evenings can be cool and arid and dry. I always like to try and pack light too. I need to look professional at meetings and cocktail parties while still being comfortable. This means that I need I need to pack a lot of layers for unexpected weather. I am usually pretty good at this, but during this past Fall, I was caught off guard by way of sudden heat-wave that landed in the New England area. I planned for cooler days, not 80 degree days. They were experiencing an Indian Summer which they feel is the last breath of summer and the majority of the places we were meeting at did not have air conditioning. The people who live in these areas don’t get many nice days so when they have them, they want to be outside. I was wearing a warm layered suit and sweating excessively through my meetings. Even if I removed the jacket, it would still blazing hot. All I needed to do was head back to my hotel room where the HVAC system would have me cool and comfortable. I could not imagine living somewhere I would have to savor the few warm summer days and suffer through long cold winters as many people do. They depend on their HVAC systems for heat and rarely use them for cooling. I use mine to maintain my home temperature at a comfortable 70 – 75 degrees year round.
This Winter I noticed an awfully odd smell in my sister’s home. It smelled like burnt hair and dead animals. It was a terrible combination of smells. I tried everything clear the stink from her air quality too. I even tried installing an air purifier into my sister’s heating system. The air purification system didn’t really do anything and cost a lot. The air quality had gained virtually no improvement. I desperately tried some air fresheners and strong candles. Nothing successfully eliminated that bad smell. I started researching what could be causing the smell, and figured out it must be my ductwork. It turns out that every seven years that you’re supposed to call for ductwork maintenance. The HVAC contractor will come with a scrub brush and wash all of the air ducts. It had been quite a long time since my sister’s home had the HVAC ducts cleaned up. So I hired an HVAC company come up to clean her air ducts. The HVAC professional actually found a lot of extremely gross things in my sister’s air ducts! He said that they pulled out tree roots, small branches, leaves and dirt from inside the air ducts. On top of that, the air ducts had a dead squirrel with them. That was the dead carcass smell we had. How disgusting is that? With the heater system turned on, she was basically baking that dead body. That is absolutely disgusting and her house is surely polluted by now. I am so glad that this HVAC business was able to clean out my sister’s HVAC ducts and improved her air quality. It is amazing what the air ducts can have hiding inside. You should definitely close them up once they are not in use, so one of these gross things don’t get in them like my sister’s.
Are you aware that a heat pump system is the most efficient HVAC unit available? Saving energy is important when it comes to heating and cooling. If your HVAC system works harder than it has to, you just waste money. All systems have some type of flaws in how they heat or even cool. Sometimes the device is not large enough for a home, installed improperly, or wrong for your climate. Then the device costs you way too much money on bills, HVAC repairs, and other challenges. If you want to save cash and have very few repairs to your HVAC, choose a heat pump system. First of all, the heat pump is a heater and also an air conditioner. It is the only 2 in 1 HVAC system. The heat pump saves money too by not creating the AC or heating. Instead, the heat pump will bring existing heat energy outside of your house. The heat pump has an inside unit or outside unit. Through a loop system, the pump moves heat energy to either one of the units. So, for air conditioning, the warm energy is pushed to the outdoor unit, and for heating, the heat energy is pulled into the indoor unit. It’s quite simple! You can set up the outdoor unit your lawn, or buried below the ground, which means more energy savings. That’s called a geothermal heat pump, and performs even better.