Restaurants changing settings

Restaurants changing settings

Within the past week the weather has gotten so much warmer.

It’s appreciate the weather changes in a quick snap of a finger! Now I’m wanting to plant our garden for the upcoming weather.

I want a much larger garden this year so I can use a lot of our vegetables for our brunch table. I genuinely appreciate homegrown plus fresh food. When the weather was colder I was going to diners that serve a lot of fresh plus local grown food. One of our favorite diners that I go to frequently I wasn’t legitimately pleased with… Normally I would walk in plus the temperature would be nice plus comfortable. They do a genuinely enjoyable task setting their thermostat to a universal comfortable temperature. I have study that a comfortable temperature that should be set on a thermostat is 80 degrees. This benefits people who are constantly sizzling or constantly cold… However when I went to the diner just Last year, they had their a/c on full blast! I understood that the weather was warmer than familiar outside, however I didn’t suppose that they should have had their a/c on high. This was a little absurd. I couldn’t kneel at one of their tables plus appreciate our supper, then so that’s when I asked one of the employees if they could turn down their a/c. They told myself and others that they couldn’t since the thermostat is set by their employer plus their employer left for the afternoon. I was a little frustrated by this so I put in a formal complaint that their heating plus cooling system needs to be set to a more appropriate temperature for all guests, so one that is not toohotand not too cold.

 

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Playing in a hoops tournament and air conditioning system broke

Playing in a hoops tournament and air conditioning system broke

I have been athletic for all of my life.

I was a multi athletic interest athlete all throughout my time in private school. I was even given the title most athletic my senior year in the year book! It has been numerous years since I have graduated from private school. I still am active however not as active as I was in highschool, however at least I still have my athleticism! Every Sunday night I play in a hoops league, our league isn’t that great, some care about to call it a budweiser league however I take it pretty seriously because of how competitive I am. Last week was pretty brutal because of how hot it was in the gym… As the game went on I was getting sweatier and sweatier. I could hear my teammates complaining about the heat and other team as well. I could also see a few of my teammates go up to the ref and ask about the temperature, the ref got the facility manager and it turns out that the air conditioning system plan broke down. I could see them near the control component trying to adjust it however nothing would work, but with the last 5 minutes of the game I could see a heating and cooling serviceman come and take a look at the control component in the gym; Unfortunately every one of us had to play the rest of the game without any cool air from the cooling system. I’m hoping that by next week for our game there will be some cool air relief from the air vents and HVAC duct above the gym floor! Because if not, I will be sure to have our game moved in a well air conditioned facility.

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Playing in a basketball tournament & a/c broke

Playing in a basketball tournament & a/c broke

I have been athletic for all of my life, then i was a multi sport athlete all throughout my time in high college.

I was even given the title most athletic my senior year in the year book! It has been multiple years since I have graduated from high college.

I still am active however not as active as I was in highcollege, however at least I still have my athleticism! Every Monday evening I play in a basketball league, however our league isn’t that great, some love to call it a beer league although I take it pretty seriously because of how competitive I am. yesterday was pretty brutal because of how hot it was in the gym, then as the game went on I was getting sweatier & sweatier. I could hear my teammates complaining about the heat & other team as well. I could also see a few of my teammates go up to the ref & ask about the temperature, but the ref got the facility director & it turns out that the a/c method broke down. I could see them near the control unit trying to adjust it however nothing would work, and with the last 5 hours of the game I could see a heating & cooling worker come & take a look at the control unit in the gym, but unfortunately the people I was with and I had to play the rest of the game without any cool air from the a/c system. I’m hoping that by next month for our game there will be some cool air relief from the air vents & HVAC duct above the gym floor, then because if not, I will be sure to have our game moved in a well air conditioned facility.

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Playing in a hoops tournament

Playing in a hoops tournament

I have been athletic for all of my life! I was a multi activity athlete all throughout my time in private school. I was even given the title most athletic my senior year in the year book! It has been numerous years since I have graduated from private school. I still am active but not as active as I was in highschool, but at least I still have my athleticism! Every Thursday night I play in a hoops league, but our league isn’t that great, some care about to call it a carona league however I take it pretty seriously because of how competitive I am, but last year was pretty brutal because of how hot it was in the gym; As the game went on I was getting sweatier & sweatier. I could hear my teammates complaining about the heat & other team as well. I could also see a few of my teammates go up to the ref & ask about the temperature… The ref got the facility manager & it turns out that the air conditioner method broke down. I could see them near the control component trying to adjust it but nothing would work, with the last 5 minutes of the game I could see a heating & cooling worker come & take a look at the control component in the gym. Unfortunately the people I was with and I had to play the rest of the game separate from any cool air from the cooling system. I’m hoping that by next month for our game there will be some cool air relief from the air vents & ducttoil above the gym floor… Because if not, I will be sure to have our game moved in a well air conditioned facility.

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It comes and it goes

It comes and it goes

I don’t know how it happened, but I seem to be cursed with the only air conditioning system on earth that has a mind of its own.

I’ve worked with half a dozen different heating and air conditioning service technicians, repairmen, specialists, consultants – you name them, they’ve been here! It seems like there’s just no resolution for my current system that keeps the A/C functioning at peak capacity.

See, my home still uses this antique dial thermostat that I’ve always found to be so cool. It has a level of craftsmanship that you just don’t see anywhere else these days, so I’m having a hard time with the idea of throwing it out in exchange for a modern digital thermostat. I feel like a fool for saying it, but I know exactly how to fix my sporadic air conditioning problem – I just can’t bring myself to take the fancy old thermostat off the wall! It wasn’t until I asked a friend of mine for advice on the matter that I suddenly realized what to do. It was a simple matter of getting the thermostat replaced with a smart thermostat, but keeping the old unit “installed” on the wall. All the HVAC service technician had to do was rewire the heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems to the new digital thermostat, and leave the old one where it was on the wall after ensuring the contacts have been severed. Now I have this lovely piece of the home that is still intact, and my home has much more effective control over the HVAC system.
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Talk about a bad trip

Talk about a bad trip

You know, I had it in my head that being a sales rep for a medical device company meant I would get to live it up.

I know that’s my fault, as I had pretty high expectations for this line of work. Still, I’ve had friends in other industries tell me all about the luxurious resorts that their company has them stay at for conferences around the country, and it just blows my mind! With me being about six months into this role, I can say for sure that I’ve yet to stay anywhere that would be considered luxurious – or even decent. Last week, I was sent out to a conference further up north, and as you know, the winter’s been bearing down on this country despite officially being in the spring season! When I got to my hotel, I was worried when I noticed that the heating system in the hotel lobby was no more than a portable space heater by the front desk, and a fireplace across the way from said desk. I asked the front desk attendant if this was the heating system situation in all of the rooms, and the attendant simply laughed, saying “of course not!” Well, I walked into my room and found that there was no heater running, nor was there a portable space heater. There was only a gas-lit fireplace to keep me warm in my tiny hotel room. To be fair, it could’ve been worse – but it could’ve been a lot better, too!
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Never say die!

Never say die!

I’ve fallen into so many arguments with my wife, my family and my friends over the years, simply because they break my only rule – never say die.

I was raised to believe that everything you own can be repaired, fixed, or otherwise recycled, but should never be discarded! It’s terrible for the environment, and sets a poor principle that things can be just thrown away or buried when they no longer work.

Thanks to this little rule, I’ve had the same car for fifteen years. That’s not an accident – I take good care of the vehicle, and replace parts as needed! The same goes for my home’s heating, ventilation and air conditioning system. For the past two decades, I’ve had the necessary repairs performed on my HVAC system to keep the equipment running, and running well. I’ve changed out the electric furnace, I’ve replaced the outdoor A/C unit, added and removed ductwork from the home, and even made several changes to the way the HVAC system is controlled. What used to be a system controlled by a single dial thermostat has now become a sophisticated system, which is controlled by several smart thermostats that are linked to an app on my smartphone. Sure, you could argue that so much of the system has been replaced, it’s practically not even the same system. That may be so, but it’s certainly better than calling it quits and replacing the entire system, or finding a new place to live!

 

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The new air conditioning system in my old house

The new air conditioning system in my old house

So I was told when I was growing up that one thing was for sure: The best decision I could make for a first house would be a fixer-upper.

As long as the appliances were in good shape, and the heating and air conditioning system was fully intact, I should be able to make due, right? Well, I was half-right.

See, when I bought my first home, I neglected to consider what my threshold should be for just how much needed to be fixed. This first house, well – practically everything had to be fixed up! The flooring in most of the house had to be torn up since it was all stained carpet, and the wallpaper was hideous. The roof was thankfully in great condition, but some lunatic painted the roof jet-black! I guess they forgot that dark colors absorb heat, rather than releasing it. Living in the south, dark colors are what you want to avoid! Still, the air conditioning system was surprisingly in perfect condition. The previous homeowner must’ve purchased a new central A/C unit, and had the ductwork completely cleaned out prior to selling the house! I don’t blame them for doing it – they likely came to a point where they realized that the house had to be sold quick, and the process of repainting walls and redoing floors would be too time-consuming. So, I get how they settled with the new A/C system. With the air quality being excellent, I’m certainly not complaining – not about the air, at least.
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The struggles that come with adding a new heating system

The struggles that come with adding a new heating system

I’ve found that there’s some incredible challenges that come with trying to get a new heating system put into place at my home.

  • In the past, I’ve relied heavily on the electric furnace housed in the basement, which has been faithfully providing us with heat for the past decade.

However, the electric furnace is getting old – and the winters are somehow getting colder! So, to take a load off the seasoned electric furnace while making sure we’re staying warm enough, I’ve decided to invest in radiant heated floors. Since there’s two options for implementing radiant heated floors, I pushed to have the electrical cables that generate heat instead of hot water pipes that are used alongside a boiler. The reasoning is fairly obvious – I don’t have a boiler! Anyway, the electrical cables were easy enough to install, but the problem I’m running into is finding a balance. The radiant heated floors are surprisingly effective at heating a room – too effective, if anything! Now there’s no point in having an electric furnace installed and running alongside the radiant heated floors, since the heated flooring does more than enough to provide warmth to my entire house. I know what you’re thinking – why not just run one of the two systems? Well, I was foolish and thought for sure that the radiant heated floors were just the right amount of complimentary heat to make the electric furnace work as it used to. Needless to say, it was a poor judgement call to wire the radiant heated floors to work only when the electric furnace was running!

 

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A separate peace… shattered by terrible A/C

A separate peace… shattered by terrible A/C

When my wife and I heard about this major storm that was expected to blow through town, we were one of the few families that didn’t immediately panic. We’ve been preparing for natural disasters, breakdown of civilization and more as we’ve stockpiled food and other supplies in our basement for years. In turn this means that we’ve also made sure to keep all of our equipment in excellent condition, as they will need to last for a long time before degrading and needing repairs. One thing we neglected to check up on, however, was the air conditioning system. We deeply regretted neglecting the HVAC units for our home, as that was the first thing to go once the storm hit! Once we had the generator up and running to restore power to the house, we quickly found that the HVAC system had endured damage in more than one way. The outdoor A/C unit must’ve been hit by a falling tree limb or something, because it was working at a much slower pace. Plus, there was some roof damage, and debris came into the attic and punctured the HVAC ductwork that was vulnerable in the attic. What are the odds of that? As you can imagine, we had our hands full with repairs after the storm had finished its job. Now we just have to hope that we can get the HVAC service technicians to our home before the next big storm comes!

 

 

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