When we moved in, it still smelled like smoke

When we moved into our house, it still smelled like smoke in here.

The people who owned the place before us were smoking two packs of cigarettes a day and you could really tell it in the house.

It smelled just terrible. We repainted everything, even the ceilings, and we also tore out the old carpet and put in new carpet. Yet even with all of those upgrades, the house still had a lingering smell of smoke. We noticed that the smell got worse whenever the eating or the cooling system was running and so we figured that the odor particles were somehow still inside the ventilation system or the HVAC unit itself. We called up one of the local HVAC companies to see if they had any advice for us so that we would be able to live in this house without being uncomfortable. The HVAC technician that I spoke with said that he would start out with getting the air ducts professionally cleaned out. He said that having clean air ducts and heating and cooling vents would probably help with getting rid of the smell, but that he also suggested that we get something called a whole home air purification system. He said that most people have really great results with improving their indoor air quality if they use a whole home air purification system, especially if it’s a UV light air purification system. I told him to sign us up right then! I am just sick and tired of this stale, smoky smell in the house and I want it gone.

 

 

heating and air conditioning

The heating system in the office is torn up

Something is really wrong with the heating system in our office.

It’s been stuck in the on position for hours now and it’s still showing no sign that it’s going to be stopping anytime soon. I don’t know what they are going to do about it, but it is so hot in here that I feel like I’m inside of a furnace or something. People are walking around sweating, and even though the weather outside is really cold, employees are going outside to take their breaks to get out of the high temperatures inside the building. I overheard one of the maintenance guys when they were walking around looking at the thermostats. He said that there didn’t seem to be anything wrong with the thermostat units in the building and so there must be something going on with the heating system itself. I guess that the maintenance guys who work in the office on a regular basis aren’t HVAC certified and so they have to call and make an appointment with the commercial HVAC company to have them come to the building to get things repaired. I honestly don’t know if the employees are going to be able to make it inside of the building until then. We aren’t even able to open the windows because they are fixed windows like you usually see in office buildings. They aren’t made to be opened and so we are all sitting in here like cookies in an oven! Hopefully, the commercial HVAC company will be able to get here soon and fix this problem.
HVAC repairman

In just a couple of months, we are going to have our own gym

We have been thinking about turning our two car garage into a home gym for the past couple of years.

  • It’s one of those things that has been in the back of our minds for a while, but we just haven’t ever gotten around to doing it until now.

We haven’t had the time nor the money up until this year and so it seems like it’s finally the right time to start working on it. The problem that we’re having is the fact that the two car garage was never really set up to be a living space. Up until now, we have really had no reason to need air ducts or heating and cooling out there. After all, the only thing that’s usually in the garage are our bikes, the lawnmower, and our deep freezer. Those things don’t need to have heating and air conditioning, that’s for sure. But now, if we are going to be working out in that area, we are going to have to do something about the lack of heating and cooling out there. We spoke to an HVAC contractor about it once and he told us that he wouldn’t really recommend running ductwork from the house to the garage. He said that if we tried to use the same HVAC system that we have currently, it might be too much of a load on the unit and the temperature in the rest of the house would suffer. Instead, he recommended something called a ductless mini split air conditioning system that would be able to handle both the heating and the cooling in the garage.

Air conditioner service

Sometimes I wonder if it’s worth the money

Sometimes I find myself wondering if paying for an air conditioning tune up every single year is worth the money.

I mean, I like using my air conditioning in the summertime just like everyone else does.

But then again, I really don’t like having to pay bills that come in the mail from my local heating and cooling company. I guess I’m just one of those people who would really like to be able to get something for nothing most of the time. Of course, that’s not how it works in real life, and I know deep down that if I want to have quality A/C all summer long, then I’m going to have to pay for it in some way, shape, or form. I guess my dilemma is the fact that I don’t know if I should pay up front by having my local HVAC company come out and do the air conditioning maintenance work for me every couple of months or if I should just gamble on the chance that nothing will go wrong with my air conditioning system. If I do it that way, I will save money on the A/C tune ups, but I will be running the risk that something might go wrong during the summer. I guess it would probably be my luck that the repairs that I would end up with would cost a fortune. That’s usually how things go for me! Even though I do wonder sometimes if it’s worth the money to do the air conditioning maintenance, I will probably keep having it done.

 

HVAC service

Tell me more about the UV light system.

I had been hearing a lot about air purification systems over the last few years.

It seemed that once the pandemic began, you were hearing even more.

I laughingly told my husband that it seemed like the HVAC companies may have invented the pandemic. With all the other conspiracy theories about the pandemic, I thought this may be a viable one. The HVAC companies were making a bundle of money just from people I knew personally. They were purchasing air purification systems to help keep the Covid-19 virus out of their homes. I knew Covid-19 was a real threat to our health and I took it seriously. I just couldn’t sit around and complain all the time. I had kids that needed to be taken care of and if I were to panic, they would also. I would have never made it through the year. Unlike friends and family, I just didn’t want to let the HVAC technician into my home to install an air purifier. I was, however, very interested in what it was and how it worked. I had heard how the air purification system not only helped to eliminate the virus cells, but it also helped with asthma, allergies, and other contaminants that are in your air. Living in the south, I always worry about mold and mildew. I was told that when you have the UV light system, the many germs, bacteria, viruses and spores, are killed even before they get into the air. This I was interested in getting more information about. I called the HVAC company so I could get all the information they had on air purification and the UV light system.

 

 

Heating repair

A dehumidifier was first on my list.

When spring arrived, I had to make my list of all the things I had to complete before summer.

Along with all the typical spring-cleaning chores, I put a few extra things on my list.

At the top of that list was to add a dehumidifier to my HVAC system. Even though my air conditioning unit has a dehumidifier built in, my home is still humid. I do a lot of cooking at home, which adds humidity. I never noticed a lot of humidity change, even though the air conditioning was running from the time the temperatures got into the eighties. I always had the thermostat set at seventy-two, so the AC was coming on late in the spring. Being a baker, I had to make sure my humidity levels were low, and the AC unit did not do the job. I wanted to add a dehumidifier so I could also set the amount of humidity I wanted in my bakry. I called the HVAC company and requested they send out a technician to service my air conditioning unit. I also asked for him to bring along the information they have on dehumidifiers. They gave me the appointment date and time, even before I hung up. When the HVAC tech showed up, he handed me the written information he had brough along and told me I could peruse it while he was doing the service. By the time he was finished with the AC unit, I had chosen a dehumidifier and a thermostat that would allow me to set the humidity levels along with the temperature I preferred. I was now set for summer.

HVAC provider

I like to eat candy when I’m working.

When I’m working, I always have a large jar of hard candy sitting on my desk.

If I am at a location, I will have a bag or pocket full of hard candy.

I never realized what bad habit this was until I realized one day that I was surrounded by candy wrappers. This habit of heating candy came up when I quit smoking. I had just made a career change and gone from working in an office, to being an HVAC technician. I knew I couldn’t be smoking in people’s houses, it wasn’t safe to smoke around HVAC equipment, and I was having breathing problems. The doctor told me I should try sucking on a hard candy when I felt the urge to smoke. After just two months, I had gained twenty pounds and spent almost as much on candy as I did on cigarettes. I decided to throw myself into my job, thinking it would distract me from wanting to smoke, but I still took my candy with me. I enjoyed being an HVAC technician much more than I ever liked any other job. I took as many hours as the HVAC company would allow me to have. One afternoon I ran out of candy and I felt like a mad man. I wasn’t sure if I was going to complete the furnace servicing that I was doing. I needed another piece of candy like I had once needed a cigarette. A little girl offered me a piece of bubble gum. I soon found out that gum was easier than candy, and it lasted longer. I saved money, lost weight, and I’m loving my job as an HVAC tech.

Cooling technician

Am I the only one who doesn’t know what a boiler is?

I was talking to my HVAC technician and I was asking him what type of fuel I should use for a heating source.

He told me that he used a boiler instead of a furnace.

I felt a bit dumb asking him what a boiler was, so I went along with him and told him I would have to take that into consideration. Instead of asking him, I began to ask friends and family what a boiler system was. My brother just looked at me like I was stupid. He told me that the boiler was old fashioned and they probably didn’t even sell them anymore. I should just go with a regular furnace. My cousin told me that the boiler was more trouble than it was worth, but no one was telling me what the boiler system was. I finally talked to my dad. He told me that a boiler system heated water. The hot water flowed through pipes and heated the house. It was like the radiators we had in the old house. Instead of the large radiators, he had baseboard heaters and the heat flowed out onto the flooring. It was the original radiant heated flooring. Now I understood. I was beginning to think I was the only one who didn’t know what a boiler system was, but apparently neither did most of my family. I liked the idea of a boiler system. Dad said it takes much less maintenance, works more efficiently, and the typical boiler will last as much as forty years or more. A normal furnace will only last about twenty years. I finally felt like I could make a decision on my heating.

 

ductless HVAC

Periodically I wonder if it’s worth the currency

Periodically I find myself wondering if paying for an a/c tune up every single year is worth the currency… I mean, I like using our a/c in the summertime just like everyone else does… But then again, I absolutely don’t like having to pay bills that come in the mail from our local heating and cooling supplier.

I feel I’m just one of those people who would absolutely like to be able to get something for nothing most of the time… Of course, that’s not how it works in real life, and I guess deep down that if I want to have quality air conditioner all summer time long, then I’m going to have to pay for it in some way, shape, or form.

I feel our dilemma is the fact that I don’t guess if I should pay up front by having our local HVAC supplier come out and do the a/c maintenance work for myself and others every couple of months or if I should just gamble on the opportunity that nothing will go wrong with our a/c. If I do it that way, I will save currency on the air conditioner tune ups, although I will be running the risk that something might go wrong during the summer. I feel it would really be our fortune that the repairs that I would end up with would cost a fortune! That’s usually how things go for me! Even though I do wonder occasionally if it’s worth the currency to do the a/c maintenance, I will really keep having it done.

Air conditioning system

The gas furnace in the office is torn up

Something is entirely wrong with the gas furnace in our office.

It’s been stuck in the on position for hours now as well as it’s still showing no sign that it’s going to be stopping anytime soon. I don’t suppose what they are going to do about it, however it is so hot in here that I believe adore I’m inside of a furnace or something, and people are walking around covered in sweat, as well as even though the weather outside is entirely cold, employees are going outside to take their breaks to get out of the high un-even temperatures inside the building. I overheard one of the service guys when they were walking around looking at the temperature controls. He said that there didn’t seem to be anything wrong with the temperature control units in the building as well as so there must be something going on with the gas furnace itself. I guess that the service guys who work in the office on a proper basis aren’t HVAC certified as well as so they have to call as well as make an appointment with the commercial HVAC supplier to have them come to the building to get things repaired. I entirely don’t suppose if the employees are going to be able to make it inside of the building until then. Both of us aren’t even able to open the windows because they are fixed windows adore you usually see in office buildings. They aren’t made to be opened as well as so we are all standing in here adore cookies in an oven! Hopefully, the commercial HVAC supplier will be able to get here soon as well as service this problem.

 

 

Heating maintenance