My girl was spoiled by the HVAC in a hotel

My girl was spoiled by the HVAC in a hotel

I like to see how speedily people transition to current standards after minor extents of time with a brand new lifestyle.

  • I feel as though everybody has a friend or close friend who got too large for their outdated ways at some point.

All of a sudden, you see someone go from a seemingly normal as well as humble human being, to a pompous as well as entitled jerk. All it takes is a cool car, a lavish household, or a large outdated paycheck for this transition to occur. Sporadically, it can be even less. It could be as simple as enjoying super high quality indoor air equipment. Recently, I was ready to destroy my girlfriend after she obviously got a taste of the nice life. She went out of the village for a couple of weeks as well as stayed in a nice hotel. Well, it turns out, that hotel had the best indoor air equipment on the Heating, Ventilation as well as A/C device market! Or, at least she keeps telling me that the indoor temperature control was the best on the planet. I swear to you, she has not quit talking about the high quality indoor air as well as temperature control that she had access to for numerous weeks. She’s been back for at least a few weeks now, as well as she has not stopped bringing up the advanced indoor air temperature appliances that she was so blown away by… Everyday, she walks over to our thermostat as well as sighs in a dramatic way. She acts as if we have particularly zero indoor air quality control as well as we’re living in a tent or something like that. Sporadically, I want to lock her out on the porch so she can sleep without any indoor air temperature control. It doesn’t take much for her to be impressed as well as ready to update everything in her life.

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New hotel changes his idea of HVAC

New hotel changes his idea of HVAC

I love to see how quickly people transition to new standards after minor extents of time with a new lifestyle. I feel like everybody has a friend or close associate who got too big for their old ways at some point. All of a sudden, you see someone go from a seemingly normal and humble human being, to a pompous and entitled jerk. All it takes is a cool car, a fancy apartment, or a big old paycheck for this transition to occur. Sometimes, it can be even less. It could be as simple as staying in super high quality indoor air equipment. Recently, I was ready to destroy my boyfriend after he apparently got a taste of the good life. He went out of town for a couple of weeks and stayed in a nice hotel. Well, it turns out, that hotel had the best indoor air equipment on the HVAC market. Or, at least he keeps telling me that the indoor temperature control was the best on Earth. I swear to you, he hasn’t stopped talking about the high quality indoor air and temperature control that he had access to for those two weeks. He’s been back for at least two months now, and he hasn’t stopped bringing up the advanced indoor air temperature appliances that he was so blown away by. Everyday, he walks over to our thermostat and sighs dramatically. He acts as if we have absolutely zero indoor air temperature control and we’re living in a tent. Sometimes, I want to lock him out on the porch so he can sleep without any indoor air temperature control. It doesn’t take much for him to be impressed and ready to upgrade everything in his life.

 

Air conditioning professional

Thankful for air conditioner on vacation

Thankful for air conditioner on vacation

Last winter, I wanted to get away from the severe cold and snow in our local area.

I took my family to a tropical island for ten days over the Christmas holidays.

At that time of year, the accommodations are especially pricey. I really wanted to find a place to stay as close to the beach as possible. I knew we’d spend most of our time playing with the kids in the ocean, so I didn’t feel we needed luxury accommodations. I found a smaller, older hotel only a block from the beach at a much lower price than other alternatives in the same area. We didn’t have access to a fitness room, laundry, swimming pool or on-site restaurant, but none of that was important to us. We didn’t expect to be in the room other than to shower and sleep. On the first day of the vacation, the whole family got badly sunburned. We couldn’t tolerate being outside in the sun for several days. We ended up spending a great deal of time in the hotel room. Despite the stained carpets, lumpy beds, flat pillows and very little water pressure, the air conditioner was fantastic. It was obviously very old, rusted and most of the control knobs were missing. The air conditioner dripped condensate onto the carpet and made a tremendous amount of noise. However, it put out a great deal of freezing cold air. It was able to cool the entire room down in a matter of minutes. We were all feeling overheated and a bit sick, so we really appreciated having a good working cooling system. Once we recovered and were ready to head back to the beach, we were much more conscientious about reapplying sunblock every couple of hours.

 

Heating technician

Maintenance for heating, cooling and duct system

Maintenance for heating, cooling and duct system

I’ve been doing some research into indoor air quality.

I learned that the average household collects over forty pounds of dust every year. A dust particle can remain suspended in the air for up to five days. While a lot of people claim to be allergic to cust, most of them are actually allergic to dust mites. The mites eat dead skin, and their dead bodies and fecal matter causes people to sneeze, cough and suffer from sore throat and congestion. There can be 500 dust mites in just one gram of dust. The typical mattress has between 100,000 to 10 million mites in it. Ten percent of the weight of most used pillows is made up of dead dust mites and their fecal matter. I have looked at pictures of dust mites, and they look like a prehistoric spider. They are disgusting, and I take every precaution to minimize the amount of dust mites in my home. I’ve torn out all of the carpets, and I launder the bedding in hot water every week. I wash hard surfaces down with antibacterial spray, and I vacuum using a HEPA filter machine. I have enrolled in a proactive maintenance program with a local HVAC contractor. Too often, the furnace and air conditioner are a source of contamination. Along with being vigilant about replacing air filters, I have the heating system professionally cleaned every fall and the air conditioner serviced every spring. I also ask the technician to test the ductwork. The ventilation system can harbor all sorts of allergens, including dust, pollen, bacteria, bugs, webs, decomposing rodents, mold and bacteria. The breathing air of the home travels through the ductwork multiple times a day. If these pipes are full of pathogens and particulates, the air picks up these pollutants and spreads them throughout the whole house. My family then breathes them in and is put at risk of health problems.

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All six of us bought a house

All six of us bought a house

And we would have had to rip out and replace all the ductwork as well.

My mom and dad were initially quite against what my wife and I were choosing to do for housing. We are young and newly married. Both of us are career driven and are making our way in our respective fields. Renting an apartment with bad heating and cooling along with neighbor who were random was not at all what we wanted to do. So we decided to buy a large house with four other friends. We were very careful to make sure that all parties interest were legally secured with a number of ways to divest if we chose. This way, we were getting our own quality heating and air while actually building some equity. The house we have is perfect as there are three floors that serve perfectly for our private living space. We all share a large kitchen. Heating and cooling was something we turned to the HVAC contractor for help with. We wanted to have independent thermostat control for each separate living quarters. He came up with a ductless multi split design that works splendidly. The ductless heat pumps are placed individually to provide customized heating and cooling for the living quarters. Then, we have a ductless heat pump in the kitchen that we share a thermostat and the costs of use equally. This method was far cheaper than the alternative. The old HVAC equipment was basically useless. And we would have had to rip out and replace all the ductwork as well. Now, we have great HVAC in the entire house. Plus, we all pay for our own heating and cooling except for the kitchen. It’s a great way to do HVAC in our situation.

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Making home office permanent with HVAC addition

Making home office permanent with HVAC addition

Still wood floors and no frills

Whoever said necessity is the mother of invention sure knew what the heck they were talking about. When it came to getting work done from home due to the pandemic, I had to get quite creative indeed. My wife and I both work. However, I’m full time and she is more like 25 to 30 hours per week. But we have kids that are all elementary school age. So when we were all banished to the air conditioning safety of our homes, we were all together all the time. My wife actually gigs online so she was accustomed to working remotely. For me, I was desperately missing the zone controlled HVAC of our offices. And I was loosing my mind when it came to trying to work with the kids at home all day. It got to the point that I just was not producing the way I should have been. So I did something a bit weird. I went and bought a prefabricated shed. I mean it’s pretty nice with window and a nice wood floor. I put a window a/c unit in their for the summer. And bang, I was in business. It turned out that I was even more productive from the shed than I was at the office. I was hitting bonus left and right. So that shed is now a tool shed and I bought a bigger prefabricated structure. Still wood floors and no frills. But I had the HVAC company come out and put in a ductless mini split for heating and air. I’m planning to work remotely for a very long time.
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Education with a purpose

Education with a purpose

Education is one of the most worthwhile things you can pursue,,, but only if you have purpose.

I know a lot of people who went to college just to go to college.

They took random classes, spent a lot of money they didn’t have, and didn’t have any direction. The people who knew what they wanted to study, and what they wanted to do with that education, are the ones that succeeded. Study things with a goal in mind, not just to kill time. I decided long ago that I wanted to get into the HVAC industry, so my education was short and to the point. I had done the market research, and found that skilled labor in the HVAC industry was becoming more and more in demand. I wanted to develop a skill set that would give me access to any number of different jobs, and HVAC was the ticket to being self reliant. With an HVAC certification I could literally find a job in any part of the country, because no matter where you went people needed heating, and cooling. People always need water boilers, ductwork sealant, chimney cleanings, and a hundred other little things that only a professional can give them. I have settled on a two year plan, to not overt-burden myself, while taking my HVAC prep courses at the community college and also apprenticing for a local contractor. In two years I will be a certified and experienced HVAC tech, and my future will be wide open. WIthin five years, I hope to have my own business.

 

 

Central heating

Rewarding my HVAC techs

Rewarding my HVAC techs

I believe that if a person is willing to work hard, and do the job, then they can accomplish a lot in life.

  • Maybe you don’t have the job you want, but if you work hard, good things will happen.

In my business I always try to reward hard work. It benefits me, as the owner, to incentivize my workers to try their best .When they know that hard work will be noticed and appreciated, then they are going to work all the harder, I guarantee it. It doesn’t always have to be money… but money is usually the best way to show appreciation. For my HVAC techs, I have several ways that I try to motivate them to bring their A game to work every single day. Like every other business, I always need positive reviews only, so my HVAC techs encourage the clients they meet to post reviews, and to mention them by name. I keep close tabs on all online updates, so whenever one of my HVAC techs turns up in someone’s review of the business, I give them an extra hundred bucks on their paycheck. It doesn’t have to be an online review, either, I call or email a lot of our HVAC customers and ask them about their experience. It provides the kind of personal touch that the major HVAC companies can never give, and most people respond favorably to it. I’m old school, so I want good reviews online but I also believe that good word of mouth can help an HVAC business more than any advertising ever could.

 

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He taught me everything I know about HVAC

He taught me everything I know about HVAC

Everything I learned about life, and this job, was because of Gino.

When I started here I was still wet behind the ears, fresh out of high school and absolutely clueless about the real world.

My parents had kicked me out, and I was on my own for the first time ever. Gino hired me, but more than that he cared about me, and gave me the kind of advice that my parents should have given me. Due to this, I am loyal to the bitter end for this man, even though three other HVAC contractors have offered me more money to jump ship I will never take it. Money is great, and yes I wish I made more of it, but Gino has given me so much more than my coveted HVAC skills. As long as I am working in the heating and cooling business, I could never work for anyone besides Gino! He hit me with a bombshell the other day, after he heard through the grapevine about the offer from the rival HVAC contractor. He said he was impressed I had passed up such a huge raise, and I said he was the only HVAC contractor I would ever work for. He said that I should stop working for him, and work with him instead, as partner and co-owner of this HVAC business. He couldn’t just give me half of the HVAC company, but he did sell me half of it, for one dollar. Loyalty pays off, when you have a friend like Gino at your side.

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Space heater and a space cooler

Space heater and a space cooler

I don’t know why I buy some of the things I buy at yard sales.

I end up coming home with things I don’t need and will probably never use, just because they were a good price.

I have a stack of fifteen nice pots for plants. Do I have any plants? No I do not, and I bought those pots two years ago. Why do I have two toaster ovens, when I never use them? Why do I have half the crap I have in my garage, I really don’t know, maybe it’s a compulsion of some kind. Sometimes though I find some amazing stuff, like this space heater I picked up a few months ago. It is easily the most powerful space heater I have ever used, and the only problem is that it gets things too warm! What was really crazy was about a year later, at another garage sale, I found what appeared to be the exact same space heater. Upon closer inspection, I realized it was a companion piece to my space heater, from the same line of products. This was a portable A/C unit that would cool down the immediate area. I bought it right away, because if it cooled as well as the space heater warmed up a room, then it would be an improvement over my central system at home. The air conditioning in my apartment kind of sucks, but if this twenty dollar bargain can cool my place off, I can save myself a lot of expensive repairs and upgrades.

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