Author: Frank

A Day of Cleaning and Shopping

A Day of Cleaning and Shopping

It’s probably the two things that I least like to do; shopping and cleaning. But I have no food in the fridge and a dirty flat that needs to be cleaned by tomorrow evening for someone coming to look at renting a room in the place. It actually isn’t that dirty and I can probably clean the whole flat in about two hours, so I’m just going to get down to it and make this place clean again. I have a quality HVAC system, which is a great seller when it comes time to show the place. I have two small cats that come with the place and a really quiet street to live on, which could both end up being the things that seal the deal. My HVAC tech buddy wants to rent but not for a few more months, so if I don’t find the right person now I will just work a bit more at the HVAC company and live alone till the time comes. I don’t want to get the wrong person in here like I did last year and have it turn into a big fiasco with lawyers and court cases over rent not paid. I just want to work at the heating and cooling corp and slowly save up money so I have a buffer in the bank again for emergencies and whatnot. I got a hard smack on the wrist for my investment failure and now I am starting the process of rebuilding my life. I will do more HVAC service jobs to help save money and I’ll be fine again.

 

 

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I Think Maybe There is a Duck in my Ductwork?

I Think Maybe There is a Duck in my Ductwork?

I’ve noticed the airflow in my ductwork has been restricted lately and I am wondering if there is a duck trapped in it somewhere, haha.

I guess it just needs to be cleaned as it is probably filled with dust which is causing the airflow to drop a lot. I did notice the other day that my vents have a lot of dust on them, which tells me that the ducts are probably dusty inside as well. I don’t have time to clean them today though because I have to go food shopping and then clean the whole house up for the possible roommate looking at the place tomorrow. I have three people coming to look at the room for rent and need to pick the right one, or maybe the right one will pick me? I am off working at the HVAC company for the next two days because they are closed for remodeling, which is perfect because I need to get someone in here in the next two or three days to rent with me. I have about two or three hours of cleaning to do in here and then the place is spic and span. I also want to clean the HEPA filter because I don’t want the new roommate breathing in a bunch of dust. I’ve been sneezing a lot lately and I think it is because of a dirty filter and ductwork. At least a clean filter will help with stopping all of the dust from coming into the place from outside and from the dusty ductwork.

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What to Tell my Family When It’s Time?

What to Tell my Family When It’s Time?

I’m not sure what, or if, I should tell my family about losing all the $100K I got from my dad’s HVAC company work.

Part of me doesn’t want to tell anyone, but then another part feels like I should.

Maybe it will cause more harm than good telling them I lost all of my money to cryptos so maybe it is better to just not say a word. What would you do if you lost all of this money, would you tell your family only to have them scorn you? It’s not a nice feeling to carry with you. My residential HVAC job is the only thing keeping me afloat right now. I am also getting a roommate soon to help alleviate some of the monthly bills but it still doesn’t make me feel better about my stupid choices. I guess we learn from these mistakes. I wish I would have put the money into things I needed first like new cooling and heating equipment for my flat, or maybe a nice mini electric car for some road trips. I don’t know, there is a part of me that wants excitement in life and I think that part of me invested at the wrong time to feel that excitement. I’d have to work 10,000 hours at the HVAC company to recoup that money! Haha, that would be like five years of work, oh my gosh. Oh well, my life is pretty much the same now as it would have been with that $100K in the bank actually. Life goes on.
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A Little Non-Heated Discussion About Heaters

A Little Non-Heated Discussion About Heaters

Radiant heaters are the most commonly used type of heat pump.

They work by circulating hot water through a system of pipes or radiant coils.

Radiant heaters are typically more expensive to operate than other types of heat pumps, but they offer a number of benefits including silent operation and the ability to evenly distribute heat throughout a space. Radiant heaters are also available in a variety of sizes and configurations, making them a good option for both residential and commercial applications. Oil heaters are another type of heat pump that uses oil as a heat transfer fluid. Oil heaters are typically more expensive to operate than radiant heaters, but they offer a number of advantages including the ability to operate in very cold temperatures. Oil heaters are also available in a variety of sizes and configurations, making them a good option for both residential and commercial applications. An electric heater is the most common type of heat pump. Electric radiant floor heating is one of the most efficient and comfortable ways to warm your home. By circulating warm air through ducts or radiant coils, electric radiant floor heating can evenly distribute warmth throughout your home. Electric radiant floor heating is available in a variety of sizes and configurations, making them a good option for both residential and commercial applications. A geo heat pump is the newest technology in radiant heating & cooling. Geo systems use the earth’s renewable energy to efficiently provide comfortable temperature control year round. Anyway, that’s a bit of information, in a nutshell, for those of you interested in heaters.

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The Tides are Shifting from Hot to Cold Soon

The Tides are Shifting from Hot to Cold Soon

It is summer now but the weather is going to be shifting to the cooler side of the thermometer soon and the AC is going to be turned off and replaced with heat.

I want to give you some ideas about heating if you are in the market for it so you can make a better choice when it comes to the type of heating in your home.

Nobody wants to be cold in the home during winter so this is good info for people who need a new unit or have no heat at all in their home. Now when it comes to heating your home, there are a few different options to choose from. Many homes have central heating, which uses ductwork to distribute heat evenly throughout the house. Central heating is controlled by a thermostat, and an HVAC technician can help you choose the right system for your home. Another option is a furnace, which uses heating coils to warm air, which is then circulated throughout the house using ductwork or fans. Furnaces are typically more expensive to operate than central heating systems, but they can be a good choice for homes in areas with very cold winters. Finally, space heaters are portable devices that can be used to heat a single room or area. Radiant heaters use infrared waves to heat objects in the room, while convection heaters circulate heated air. Space heaters can be an economical choice for heating small spaces, but they are not as efficient as larger heating systems and can be a fire hazard if not used properly.

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Working at home and being in control of the thermostat is so much better

Working at home and being in control of the thermostat is so much better

During the pandemic, and now that the business I work for has continued to allow it, I really have got a taste for working at home. I never realized just how much more enjoyable my job would be if I could stay at home. I am far more productive now, despite the fact that I set my own hours.This is also despite me working at a leisurely pace. One of the reasons that’s probably the case is because there’s not so many meetings and other unimportant distractions that I would normally have to deal with at my office job. Even when I am attending meetings online at certain scheduled times, I’m still working instead of sitting in a conference room being forced to do nothing while talking about things I don’t need to hear. Moreover, there is something else that makes me more productive: my comfort level. In my own home, I get to set the temperature on the thermostat, and I’m much more comfortable. At the office, it was always so unbearably cold in my cubicle. My cubicle was very close to the air vents, so freezing cold air was dumped directly on me pretty much all day long. I ended up having to wear several layers, and I eventually started wearing a winter cap. Management didn’t like me wearing the cap so much, especially when corporate came walking through, because I guess I was making them look bad. That’s when I pretty much lost my cool, no pun intended. I laced into the managers for running the air conditioner so high all day long. Thankfully, that was the last week before we closed down for the pandemic and started working from home!

 

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Nobody's going to movie theaters anymore

Nobody's going to movie theaters anymore

I really enjoy the movie theater experience.

I understand with the pandemic, people have gotten used to staying at home and using their streaming service to watch movies.

I must admit that I have a pretty large television, but it still doesn’t beat going to the movie theater. For one, you’ll never be able to fit a screen that big in your house! Another thing is, the surround sound is so awesome in a theater. Well, it kind of depends on what theater you go to, but the one near my house is awesome! Anyway, it kind of saddens me to see how sparsely populated that theater is on any given day, but particularly on weekends. You would expect people to be out there enjoying a good film, because it is the middle of the summer. I’ve taken my girlfriend to the movie theaters a few times this year, but she always has a problem with how cold the air conditioner is inside the theater. I’ve never found it to be all that big of a deal. I would definitely prefer cool air conditioning over poor air conditioning or no air conditioning at all. I’ve experienced no A/C in a few other theaters before, and it was miserable. I was barely able to focus on the movie. However, my girlfriend always ends up shivering, and I let her borrow my hoodie, which cheers her up a little bit at least. She seems to be one of those people that’s perfectly content to stay home and watch movies. She has a point that she can control the thermostat at home. She also has a point that we don’t have to spend nearly as much money on the movie!

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A quick and easy fix for my window air conditioner troubles

A quick and easy fix for my window air conditioner troubles

One ended up in the living room window and the other one ended up in the small window of the guest bedroom that I was using as an office

I remember when I first bought my window air conditioner unit for my bedroom. I live in a double wide trailer that did not have any form of climate control when I purchased it. That was actually part of the cheap price. There’s nothing wrong with starting simple when you first become a homeowner, and I must say that my trailer has served me well for the past few years. I will soon be purchasing a small home in a nice neighborhood, but it’s good to reflect on how far you’ve come! Anyway, when I bought my first window air conditioner unit for my bedroom, I was pretty impressed with the system. It was so shiny and brand new and that first night running it was divine! It worked so well, and I slept like a baby in that crisp, cool room as I listened to the air conditioner fan drone throughout the night. I felt like I was set for life! I was so impressed with this particular brand of window air conditioner unit that I ended up buying two more. One ended up in the living room window and the other one ended up in the small window of the guest bedroom that I was using as an office. After a while though, these air conditioner units began to decline in their cooling capabilities and air quality. I am not mechanically inclined, so I was afraid that I would have to replace them! Then I looked up window air conditioner unit maintenance online and realized that all I had to do was give the entire system a good cleaning with a hose and dish soap! All three of them worked as good as new after that!

 

 

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Change your air filters frequently

Change your air filters frequently

When it comes to Heating and cooling, I do not feel like I’m the best person to take care of my HVAC system.

This is because despite my best efforts to want to take good care of my heating and AC device I often find myself forgetting to do the most basic of maintenance care and repairs.

If you live in a hot climate like I do, then the best thing that you can do for your air conditioning system is to have it tuned up so it’s prepared for summer right? It seems like it’s such a simple thing but it’s something that I always forget to do. Another thing I’m not going to do is changing air filters, I really hate the whole process of changing air filters. The old air filters get so dirty, although it’s satisfying to put in a new clean one I hate having to deal with the three ones and half times I forget to replace the disposable air filters anyways. I’ve been thinking about giving washable air filters a try because they’re supposed to be easier and reusable but I don’t know if I’m ready to make that jump yet. I guess you could say that when it comes to caring for my heating and cooling system I needed a little bit of a nudge in the right direction. It was actually my boyfriend that helped to take care of my heating and air conditioning system properly and made sure the air filters were changed. I have him to thank for the good indoor air quality that I have right now. I must say I don’t know what I would do without him, he just seems to know so much about Heating and cooling and it comes naturally to him he really could be an HVAC technician.

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The air filters were disgusting

The air filters were disgusting

It’s because you can tell every time that you walk into his home

As a heating and cooling worker I have to ask all of the people that might see this to please change your air filters. Maybe it’s because I’m more aware of it than most people but having dirty air filters is something that really bothers me. I can walk into a home and tell when somebody hasn’t changed their air filter in 6 months. Trust me, not only is a clean air filter that has changed every 3 months good for you and your health, but it’s also good for your HVAC system. This is because when you don’t change your air filter, it quickly becomes clogged and caked with dirt. The same dirt is then free flowing throughout your air vents and into your indoor air which you are breathing. It’s no wonder that dirty air filters can cause all kinds of problems, like illness and allergies. Having a dirty air filter also isn’t good for your heating and air conditioning system. Your HVAC system will last longer if you take better care of it and that includes regular maintenance and cleaning of it. So do yourself and your HVAC system a favor, and clean your air filters every 3 months. I have a friend from college when I went to Heating in the AC school together, and while he might be my best bud, he also doesn’t take good care of his heating and air conditioning system and it drives me crazy. It’s because you can tell every time that you walk into his home. The air feels thick and dirty. I don’t push the issue too much because I don’t want to start an argument, and he’s a great guy but man he needs to change his air filters.

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