Planning a big trip

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.

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The weather is making things complicated

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.

Cleaning out my air ducts

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.

HVAC ductwork 

My HVAC is very efficient

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.

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We’re enjoying our home

The warehouse I assemble car parts in has become unbearable, but since work in this county is rare these days, and I never would have dreamed there would come a time I might walk away. But that was before the corporate takeover of our beloved dealer. Now the two of us are owned by a large conglomerate,which we were told would be a good thing for our town, however what has happened has been anything but. They have fired all the aging management, lowered our benefits drastically, and even removed our access to the HVAC. Now some big wig in the bottom half of the country gets to decide how hot or cold I should feel. My coworkers and I are inside a metal building for up to twelve hours a day, and now on occasion our fingers are so cold inside our gloved hands, that we can no longer lift the merchandise. Before the current supplier stepped in, there would be a manager in the building who would set our control component according to how the temperatures were each day. And if the sun came out or it started to get colder, he would transport the control component and the two of us never had a problem, but now each day is difficult. Normally some of us are so cold, production can not be very high because people are moving slower due to the cold. My coworkers and I need access to the HVAC and a way to heat up while we work. I have sent a memo to our corporate office down south, where they are enjoying the hot sunshine, to complain about this drastic HVAC predicament. If I get fired because I need some heat to do our task, then so be it.

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Heading to where this air conditioner

As soon as my daughter Kelly’s third grade class thought to visit the local science exhibit, I volunteered to chaperone. I don’t typically enjoy visiting any museum, but I looked forward to hanging out with my daughter. The day of the field trip, the outside temperature quickly rose up to the mid nineties, and the humidity was stifling. I had hoped we would be riding in an air conditioned charter bus. I was shocked to discover that our transportation was an old school bus with no real air conditioning, bad shocks, and sticky windows that barely opened. The drive to the museum was no picnic, and by the time period we arrived, I had a vicious headache. I was actually desperate to get inside the museum, because I knew it may be air conditioned. A sign on the door of the museum explained that the air conditioning was not working and thanked all patrons because of their patience. At that point, my patience was wearing thin. I spent the complete day sweating, bored, and escorting third graders on the lavatory. Because it was brutally hot, the kids kept drinking water from the fountains and continually needed the lavatory. We spent the day looking over dinosaur bones and fossils with sweat drenching our clothes. The return trip, on a overheated bus, with no access to any sort of cooling, was even worse. I just wanted to get home, to relax in my air conditioned home, setting the thermostat very low. I doubt I will make the mistake of volunteering to chaperone another field trip anytime soon.

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The outdoor HVAC can be a big pain

I have a love hate relationship with outdoor shopping malls. I love to shop and go outside. So an outdoor mall appears like a fine idea to me. I like that I still get to experience the sunshine even when shopping. But I hate the air conditioning in the stores. It is my punishment, I guess, for enjoying this outdoor weather. The AC in each store is so intense. It is quite a shock every time I walk in the doorway. I go from being a great temperature, the sun on my face, to freezing to the bone. The AC smacks me in the face and leaves goosebumps. It would really be smarter for the stores to possess a cooling system with a higher setting on the thermostat. Have the indoor air temperature much like what it is outside. Just make it a few degrees colder. It could feel like a relief, nevertheless it really would not smack me inside the face with frostbite. What is worse is when stores have their doors opened. The AC leaks out the doorway and hits your legs whenever you walk by. Can you imagine how high those cooling costs are? They literally are throwing the AC out the door. The thermostat must be set super low to not only cool the store, but to generate a AC draft as leave. They really should close the door when they blast AC. It would be easier on the system too. The air conditioner struggles to create the ideal indoor air temperature. Opening the door is just configuring it for failure.

HVAC installation 

Forced air HVAC system

Were you aware that a heat pump is the foremost energy efficient option in the HVAC industry? Most heating and cooling systems don’t run everything that great. Central or forced air HVAC could be the worst. That means the heater in addition to air conditioner keeps going and going until they hit the required setting on your thermostat. The HVAC units struggle in larger homes with a lot of open spaces. Also if the ductwork contains a leak in it, then the temperature setting is not able to be achieved. The HVAC unit then never turns off. The HVAC system will most likely overheat and prematurely breakdown. Other HVAC options like customary furnaces and air conditioners without ductwork may not be much better. They tend to get dirty easily and ruin quality of air. Also the devices are not necessarily powerful enough to heat or cool your home. So you are stuck getting space heaters or fans anyway. A heat pump system will never require air ducts and is usually kept clean. The heat pump also doesn’t hurt air quality, it purely transfers it. That is how the heat pump saves you energy. Through an underground loop system, air is moved to either an enclosed or outdoor unit. The heat pump runs at the most efficient setting to save people money. Since it uses open air, you enjoy fresher indoor air quality as well. The only negative aspect however, is the high initial cost of the device. But, over a few months you definitely will make that money back with all of the savings.

furnace tune-up 

We want a new heat pump

For the past months, my dad and I have been making homemade wine. We’ve had such positive feedback from friends and family, that we’ve decided to expand our operation. Instead of producing a few gallons of wine within the basement, we’re planning to create a winery and produce several 1,000 gallons of wine. Constructing a building was very easy, because all we really need is an open space to work and then a shelving system to hold the carboys. We called in an electrician to look at the wiring, and an HVAC technician that will help figure out the heating together with cooling. It is extremely important that this wine is kept at a continuous, cool temperature all year round. The area where we live is fairly perfect for growing grapes as a result of the harsh winter weather and hot summers. Unfortunately, that means that some form of HVAC is necessary for almost all the year. We need to install a temperature control unit that definitely will handle both heating and cooling, but we certainly can’t afford to fork out a ton for purchasing and installing the gear. We’re not prepared to put money into ductwork and we have no ways to access natural gas. We were looking for an electric system that will be both compact and energy efficient. The HVAC contractor has advised a ductless heat pump, which runs on electricity, no complex installation, and effectively keeps up ideal temperatures. The HVAC contractor has assured us that the installation process will only take a short period of time and won’t cost a lot to undertake. Because the system features wi-fi access, we will be able to keep an eye on temperature inside the winery from an app on our mobile phones.

ductless heat pump 

This heater is very reliable

I just moved into a house located in the mountains. The area is very rural and private, and the views are amazing. My home is surrounded mainly by trees and is quite difficult to access. The abundance of trees and being located in the mountains makes the summer conditions never overly hot or humid. There is not any need for an air conditioner and I rarely have to run any box fans while I’m sleeping. The winter season, however, brings very cold weather in addition to snow. It usually starts to snow in early October and doesn’t stop until the end of April. The temperature outside can drop well below zero and the snow can pile up in huge drifts. This makes the household heating system important. The furnace needs to work effectively and be reliable. When a winter storm hits along with the roads being closed, a furnace malfunction is a safety risk. I make sure to take really good care of my furnace. Each and every fall, I contact a qualified HVAC contractor and schedule specialized maintenance. The HVAC technician completes a thorough inspection and looks for any worn or broken parts that will cause a problem. He then replaces the filter, makes sure the heat exchanger is working properly, checks electrical connections and lubricates all moving elements. The HVAC technician also cleans the many components by removing the accumulation of dust as well as other contaminants. Because of these measures, my furnace can handle the workload more easily, resists breaking down, and operates more efficiently. Using this approach also fulfills the manufacturer’s assurance requirements. Living up in the mountain tops, I am very conscientious regarding the yearly upkeep of my heating system.

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