Our honeymoon rental came with a gas fireplace that we weren’t expecting

My wife and I spent over a year planning our wedding. Even though I wanted a smaller service with fewer people, she had dreamed about a large wedding from her early childhood. Since her father offered to cover most of the expenses, I told her to do whatever she wanted. I didn’t try to hold her back from realizing her dreams of a fantasy wedding. On top of that, I also offered to help her with as much of the planning as I could manage with my busy job. Many of my married friends lazily let their wives do all of the wedding planning alone. My wife and I are a team—I would never do that to her, even if it’s regarding a project that she took on herself. Plus, I have to admit that I was excited about taste testing food to determine what catering service we were going to use. Another aspect of the planning process that excited me was determining where we were going to travel for our honeymoon. We settled on a lodge resort up north so we could experience the holidays in a winter wonderland. I was hoping to find a lodge that had indoor heat and fireplaces for supplemental heat. There’s nothing like cuddling in front of an open fire. Unfortunately, when we finally arrived at the lodge for our trip, we realized something unexpected. Instead of the rooms having wood fireplaces like we expected, they had gas fireplaces. This wasn’t a total deal breaker, but I have to admit that I was disappointed a little. My wife said it was okay, but I think she was disappointed as well.

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Don’t forget to leave the heat on

Apparently, my daughter turned off the heating system entirely and our pipes had burst

Sometimes I think that having teenagers is a special circle of hell. I swear to God that these kids are trying to kill me. I never really wanted to be a parent in the first place. Don’t get me wrong, I love my children… But they really love to drive me crazy. I can never count on them for anything. Recently, the irresponsibility of my kids even led to a financial emergency when they couldn’t be bothered to do one simple thing for me. We were headed out of town for a family trip when I asked my daughter if she could please turn down the thermostat to 55° so that the furnace was still operating but it was not running constantly to heat an empty house. There’s no point in operating an expensive central heating system when you are not going to be enjoying it. However, in these parts you cannot turn off your forced air furnace entirely or else your pipes will freeze and burst. I honestly expected that my daughter was capable of this simple request, considering her bedroom is directly next to the central heating and cooling system thermostat. However, she is always happy to prove me wrong. About two days into our family vacation I received a panicky phone call from my neighbor who stated that there was Ice leaking out from under our front door. Apparently, my daughter turned off the heating system entirely and our pipes had burst. Now the water was leaking all the way onto the street and creating ice. I hope the neighborhood kids enjoyed the ice rink we made them for the cost of a full home renovation.

 

 

HVAC duct

Winter has two temperature options; freezing and overheated

I feel like I have two options in this house in the winter – you can live without any heat which is bitterly cold and dangerous.

Sometimes I think that living in an ice cold climate is a way to get closer to God. If you ask me, there is something spiritual about human suffering. All of those people who live in mild climates with routinely sunny days and low daily humidity have no idea what it’s like to wake up and struggle. Unfortunately, that also means they don’t know what it’s like to connect to a higher power in order to get through every single miserable day. This is what I have been enduring for the past three months of this brutal winter season. I honestly never thought that I could survive another Midwestern winter, based on the sub-zero temperatures and feet of falling snow that I remember from my childhood. Unfortunately, the thing that I did not remember from my childhood was the central heating, cooling, and air quality control system in our house. Because I was just a kid, I never paid that much attention to the indoor air quality when I was younger. I did not have to pay for the routine heating, cooling, and air quality control appointments or the energy bills, so the HVAC system was really none of my concern. As an adult, I can tell you that the heating and cooling units are terrible. I feel like I have two options in this house in the winter – you can live without any heat which is bitterly cold and dangerous. Or, you can live with your forced air furnace blasting at full power all season. It’s either bitterly cold or swelteringly hot, no matter what. And I’ve become more religious than ever.

HVAC technician

Loud HVAC can’t be fixed

My HVAC unit makes a high pitch whistle sound and it drives me bonkers.

  • Thankfully you can only hear the whistle outside and it doesn’t do it all the time.

If you happen to be outdoors when it happens though, it is so loud. It is almost like hearing a train whistle. It is so noisy. I have trouble focusing on other things due to it. I would really like to call a HVAC contractor, make the repair and call it a day. Everyday that I live with the noise is another ten bucks I would spend on the repair bill. I would pay quite a bit on the HVAC repair if I knew it would fix it. Thankfully I did some googling first and found that people with my brand of HVAC also experience the same thing. The model year is also known for being an abnormally loud one. I was on a chat site with people who own the same equipment as me. Everyone has a noisy system and it apparently can’t be fixed. One guy listed the HVAC repairs he got done to his system. He basically replaced everything from the outside coming in the system to stop the noise. He has a pretty much brand new system and it still makes the noise. Apparently it is just a quirk of the system and you need to deal with it. My HVAC equipment is 17 years old. I am hoping it will die pretty quick and I can get something that is more modern and much quieter.

a/c serviceman

Getting an a/c for the office

I am the owner of a local store.

We have only been in business for a few months and so far everything has been going mostly well but there are definitely some improvements to be made.

When we first rented the building it came with everything we could need except for one thing. That thing was an air conditioning system. Considering that this is located out in the desert, it is a hot climate and having running AC is very important if we plan on keeping customers. So I have started looking into commercial HVAC units. Many of the heating and AC companies around here have many different models available and I have been checking the prices of all the different businesses to see who I can get the best unit for the best price. I had narrowed it down to one heating and a/c company that sounded really good, they had great services at excellent prices, the only problem was that it was difficult to get them out here because of how far out we were. The store was in a small town and the commercial HVAC unit would be difficult to transport all the way out here. It took a bit of convincing but I was successful in getting them to come out here and install it. The installation took a few hours and the heating and a/c technician seemed just as relieved to install it as we were, it was a hot day. Once we had the working a/c unit we started getting a steady stream of customers.

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Not your average air conditioning repair

The things he spoke to himself were nonsensical and had nothing to do with heating and cooling.

When my AC broke I planed to call out a cooling professional to have it serviced. This wasn’t really anything out of the ordinary. My AC while generally good did break down every now and then sometimes I would have to call the heating and cooling company to get a heating and air conditioning technician out here to repair it. I have always had good experiences with this company and I even know most of the employees that work there. However, this time when I called out the cooling guy they sent out an employee I didn’t know. I have not met him before but I didn’t really think too much of it. I just figured he was a new guy. However the moment he arrived at my door I noticed something a bit off about him. He didn’t talk much but I didn’t immediately think that was too weird maybe he was just more of a quiet person. But it got strange when he barely uttered a word to me not even when it came to asking me any questions about my heating and cooling unit and then he was loudly talking to himself. The things he spoke to himself were nonsensical and had nothing to do with heating and cooling. He took out some weird tools that I haven’t seen a HVAC technician use before in order to walk around my air conditioning system making small tapping sounds on it. He then threw his arms up and said he had no idea what was wrong with it. It was the only sentence I had heard him utter. He left and eventually I was sent out another repairman to fix my issue.

ventilation

Discounts on heating and air products

One of my favorite holidays is Black Friday.

All the stores everywhere are giving great discounts and the HVAC companies sure are not missing out on this.

This is my opportunity to snatch up something really good. However, instead of going to the store like so many other people. I decided to be a smart shopper by doing all my shopping online. While many others are standing out in long cold lines in less than ideal weather, I was going on the website of the heating and cooling companies finding all the HVAC products that I need and ordering them from the comfort of my home. It sure does make a big difference, sure I might have to wait a little bit longer for them to arrive in the mail. But if it means getting the same deals and beating the crowds I consider it a win. I went a little overboard and got more than what I really needed but I just couldn’t pass up all of those good deals. I got a HEPA filter, a brand new air purifier, and a few other small items that I thought I might need. Even if I didn’t use them, I figured it was better to have them and not need it, than to need it and not have it. I was looking forward to having better indoor air quality too.

New contractor

Creating a website for new HVAC business

I have been running an HVAC company for over 30 years now.

In that amount of time I have seen many changes.

One of the biggest changes has been the invention of the internet. I began to become aware that as technology changed it was best if our company did too. We needed to evolve with the technology. I was Interested in the idea of creating a website for our heating and cooling business. Now I don’t know anything about computers or computer coding for that matter. The problem is, I have no idea how to make a website. I decided to hire a professional to make a website for me. I went into detail about what I wanted on the website I wanted there to be lots of links with lots of information that customers could click on. A page for all the available HVAC products, and some details about our services. We even do redid our company logo. I figured a new look for a new age.The Hope was that their website would bring in more customers because through the power of the internet we’d be able to reach a lot more people that we would not have been able to reach before. It seems to work because after having a website up for only a few weeks we did see an increase in customers. This was going great, and so we expanded a bit further, we decided to use the internet to place ads to advertise our products and services. Between the ads, and the exposure, business was booming.

Heating system

The zoned heating

The story of Mrs, then vivian began with the annual cleaning of her aging central heating as well as cooling unit, but i had performed these tune-ups for years as well as so I asked her to mention some of the things that worried her with regards to her indoor comfort; The first floor never got cool enough, especially while I was in the summertime months.

There were several freezing as well as boiling spots spread all over the house, then some of the areas inside the beach house reMained colder than normal as well as while I was in Winter she had resorted to wearing sweaters as well as sweaters.

The heating system was noisy as well as running too long or too short. I found that the heat pump in the basement was all cracked up thus the noise. The duct sealing had come undone causing a leak as well as resulting in boiling as well as freezing spots throughout the house. The dual fuel system had been stuck on using the gas heating system as well as now the gas had run out, but as a cooling tech, I knew that Mrs. Vivian needed current heating units as the current heating equipment was worn out, knowing more about cooling system, I decided that a zoned Heating, Ventilation, as well as A/C system was the most ideal for attaining maximum comfort for Mrs. Vivian. She did not need an area heating system to boost temperatures. The local cooling supplier delivered the best air conditioner which every one of us were able to install within a day. Though Mrs. Vivian wanted to have radiant floors in her house, because she had heard that they did not need any maintenance as well as would solve the boiling as well as freezing spots issue in her house, however, she was not willing to spend our money on the hefty installation cost. She was excited to have high-quality back in her beach house again, thanks to the current unit.

 

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Ductless heating and air

The local cooling corporation delivered the best a/c system which the people I was with and I were able to install within a day.

The story of Mrs! Vivian began with the annual cleaning of her aging central heating and cooling unit. I had performed these tune-ups for years and so I asked her to mention some of the things that sad her with regards to her indoor comfort, and the first floor never got cool enough, especially during the Summer months. There were numerous freezing and tepid spots spread all over the house… Some of the areas inside the home reMained colder than normal and while in Winter she had resorted to wearing jackets and overcoats. The gas furnace was noisy and running too long or too short. I found that the heat pump in the basement was all cracked up thus the noise. The duct sealing had come undone causing a leak and resulting in tepid and freezing spots throughout the house. The dual fuel system had been stuck on using the gas furnace and now the gas had run out, however as a cooling tech, I knew that Mrs. Vivian needed current heating units as the new heating device was worn out! Knowing more about a/c, I decided that a zoned Heating, Ventilation and A/C system was the most ideal for attaining maximum comfort for Mrs. Vivian. She did not need a space furnace to boost temperatures. The local cooling corporation delivered the best a/c system which the people I was with and I were able to install within a day. Though Mrs. Vivian wanted to have radiant heated floors in her house, because she had heard that they did not need any repair and would solve the tepid and freezing spots issue in her house, but, she was not willing to pay the hefty upgrade cost. She was glad to have high-quality back in her home again, thanks to the current unit.

 

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