Thankfully I got a heads up from the HVAC technician

Business relationships have really changed over the course of my adult life.

It’s the nature of everything to evolve and change.

So, it’s not really a criticism as it is an acknowledgment. One thing I really miss is being able to really know who I’m dealing with. That’s why I go out of my way to make sure my money goes to individuals more than to corporations. Our HVAC company is a great example. I have been doing business with them since I moved to this area nearly 30 years ago. They have proved to be loyal and ethical all through that period of time. In fact, the HVAC tech we have just really helped me out in the last year or so. He came to the door after a preventive maintenance service call. I thought he was just letting me know he was done. But the pained expression of his face let me know that wasn’t the case. He wanted me to know that I needed to get proactive about a replacement plan for my HVAC. It was just over 20 years old and still getting it done. However, the HVAC tech told me that the end was around the corner. This is why it’s so important to be able to trust those you do business with. I took him at his word and started saving and making plans to replace the HVAC. Without that heads up and his honesty, I could have been in a real pickle. That’s because the HVAC did just what he said it would. It died. But, I had a replacement plan in the works by then and we hardly skipped a beat.

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New home office leads to new HVAC

It is a simple fact that no matter the planning or execution, things don’t always go the way you want them to.

Sometimes, things are just going to work out the way they are going to work out.

This is just the way it is and the more I just accept this fact, the more I have relaxed about it. My work days are no longer filled with the best HVAC and great office. I don’t get to get lunch on the company any longer. It’s a new reality for me and one that I never expected. The company that I helped build was bought out about a year ago. The new company assured me that I would keep that perfectly HVAC maintained office and all that other stuff. But, they didn’t say for how long. I got let go about six months ago. It was over just like that. The next thing I know, I’m trying to figure out what to do next. Fortunately, I had made lots of contacts in my industry and people were willing to pay for my perspective and advice. So, a consulting company was sort of a natural progression. The problem was the space in my house was just not as comfortable as my old office. And, having a perfectly HVAC maintained work space is important to me. That’s why I called the local HVAC company and asked them to come out and install a ductless HVAC unit. I have been so completely please with the results as the office is now the perfect temperature because I can customize it just the way I want.

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Add life to HVAC while saving some money at the same time

Change has never been an appealing part of life for me.

I like to sort of stay with what I know.

It’s the way I have been all of my life. While I find a great deal of security in process and structure, that isn’t the main motivating factor when change is on the horizon. I think it simply is that I am afraid of new stuff on certain level. That leads me to resist change in general. But sometimes, it’s just time to put aside fears and get done what needs to be done. I was faced with that this year. As we all are faced with the changes wrought by the pandemic, the economic impact was quite deep in our house. My wife lost her job. I am working from the HVAC comfort of home. But, we still had bills to pay and kids to raise. Thus, I chose to go after a change I should have made years ago. I got serious about saving all I could on the HVAC costs. The heat in our area makes it so the HVAC cooling runs at least 7 months out of the year. However, the summer months get really expensive. Mostly because we have over cooled our home during the day. Not this year, with all of us at home, I took dead aim at the HVAC setting. That thing got pushed up as the heat of the day peaked. We just dealt with it. Honestly, the fans we used made it totally doable. Sure, it was warmer but not anything we couldn’t handle. And we kept it up throughout the entire summer.

 

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Many furry creatures puts a load on the HVAC

I can remember when I would come home and the kids would run to me as I came through the door. It was really a pure experience and one that most dads cherish. That was a long time ago. All our kids are out of the house except one who chose to live almost next door. Now, when I open the door to my HVAC maintained house after work, I’m still met with love. However, it is the love of a bunch of foster kitties and pups. My wife and daughter run a sort of foster home for cats and dogs. People bring strays to us and my wife and daughter either find the owners or find them new homes. It started sort of by accident because those two women were so good about getting lost pets back to where they belonged. Before long, the community we live in saw our house as a pet haven. It’s definitely a labor of love. I do my part to help out. Something I learned right away was the impact all those furry creatures have on the HVAC. There is so much fur and dander in the air that it really effects the HVAC. I have to buy HVAC air filters by the case now. All of that fur and dander ends up getting sucked into the HVAC return. That makes quick work for clogging up an HVAC air filter. A clogged HVAC air filter will due harm to the heating & cooling system. Unobstructed air flow is so vital the optimum operation of any HVAC unit. So, I make sure to check the air filter every 4 or 5 days in order make sure the HVAC air filter isn’t all clogged up.

 

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No doing without HVAC in this house

The purse strings are definitely a lot tighter than they were just a year ago.

Primarily, this is the result of having to work from home in the comfort of our HVAC for the entire summer and more. And now that the summer has ended, it doesn’t look like it’s going to get any better anytime soon. So, we just keep plugging I gues. The household budget took some hits due to our income being reduced as a result of the pandemic. I’m lucky to still have my job and be able to work from home. However, my wife no longer has her job as she is helping the kids with their remote learning. So we have to do whatever we can to keep our spending to a minimum. But in this area, HVAC is expensive for at least half the year. Our summer starts early and ends late. That means all of us have to own good HVAC just to get through the heat. This year, we really pushed ourselves a bit more to see just how much we could save on the HVAC costs. That meant that we definitely kept the house warmer than we ever had prior. I kept an eagle eye on the HVAC setting since I was working from home. We didn’t cave and instead made sure that we stayed disciplined in order to save that money. We used fans in order to feel a bit cooler. I’m pleased to be going into the part of the year where the HVAC spending is minimal. And, we saved well over 20 percent on our HVAC utility costs over previous years.

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We lowered the HVAC costs this summer and it wasn’t that tough

It’s pretty amazing to me what people can do when they put their minds to it.

I guess that is part of what has been so surprising about how this country has handled the pandemic.

It seemed to me that we would all band together and rise up together to fight this virus. That didn’t happen. So, I knew pretty quick that I was going to be in the HVAC comfort of my home for the duration. And, I was right as it appears the worst of this situation is in front of us. But, there is light at the end of the tunnel. Since I was going to be home working all summer, I decided to take on the HVAC utility bill. This is something that I have wanted to do for years now. I just never fully committed to a cost saving strategy. I also wanted to save as much money as possible given the economic downturn. Plus, being at home would allow me to do the one thing I really hadn’t done before. I took daily control of the HVAC setting. It wasn’t all that popular of a move initially. But, we all got used to it. I never let the inside of the house be more than 15 degrees cooler than the outside temps. This made for some warm afternoons. But, we employed a bunch of fans and that helped tremendously. Fans cost less that a tenth to operate than it does for the HVAC to be on. That is a deal I can live with. Well, it all worked out and we are going into winter with a few hundred dollars in HVAC cost savings as well.

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Immune health gets a lot of help from whole house air purifier

It’s good that I have a fairly patient demeanor.

Because if I didn’t, I would have already totally lost it given the situation with the pandemic.

Patience is really all I have. As our country is falling deeper into massive infection, all I really can do is sort of wait it out. My kids are learning from home. I work from a converted guest room. At least I like my house and we have great HVAC heating & cooling. Working from home is also part of the patience approach. I miss the office and many of my colleagues. However, I sure like th HVAC better at my house. It’s a bonus to be able to work from home while this pandemic mess unravels in front of me. At least I still have a job and the relative normalcy of that. Another proactive step I’ve take has to do with the indoor air quality of my home. It concerned me to read that bad indoor air quality really suppresses the immune system. I hadn’t really considered the indoor air quality of my house prior to this. During the worst of the allergy season, I might put in a HEPA type HVAC air filter. But, I have never been all that regular about it. So, I chose to have the HVAC people install a whole house air purifier. It isn’t a great big deal. It fits inside the HVAC air handler where it kills airborne contaminants with intense UV light. It feels good to know that we have the best indoor air quality possible. And, it feels good to actually do something to help in the fight against Covid.
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Controlling humidity is a big part of what the HVAC does

I have to say that being inside my home during the summer can actually be a blessing.

That is directly a result of the HVAC. Without the extraordinary comfort the HVAC heat pump provides, it would be otherwise unbearable. Our region is known for the summer heat and humidity. It’s a tough four or five months of relentless thick heat. Fortunately, I have an HVAC that is ready to do the job of keeping my house nice and cool. That’s great because I am spending a great deal of time inside my home and the HVAC due to the pandemic. This led me to think more about the air I was breathing. It became very clear that indoor air quality is so important to our immune health. And I definitely wanted to do all I could to strengthen my immune health. There are so many airborne contaminants that are attacking our immune system when a home has poor indoor air quality. However, there is one airborne contaminant that we don’t have to worry about and that is mold & mildew. We don’t have to worry about that because the HVAC cooling system takes care of that for us. The way the heat pump works, in part, is by removing heat energy from the inside air and exhausting it outside. As the heat pump is extracting that heated air, it takes a great deal of moisture with it as well. So, just by cooling the air, the HVAC is also balancing the humidity in the house. That’s why we aren’t forever scrubbing away mold and mildew.
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Sunroom goes from hot house to super comfortable with HVAC

There was simply no question in my mind that a move to the south would end up being great.

But, I was surprised at how quickly I became totally enamored with the area we moved to.

Not having the brutal winter was a big bonus of course. Plus, being free of the enormous HVAC heating bills was a great thing as well. Of course there is a bit of a tradeoff when it comes to the weather. Our new home deals with a summer heat that I was taken aback by initially. It was just so hot and humid that I could not believe it at first. However, I learned to manage. The best thing to do is to be inside the HVAC cooling during the peak heating hours of the day. That works out fine for me given the fact that I am working during that time. While I am semi retired, I still have a consulting business that I love. It keeps me busy and is not too much either. Working from home also allows me to manage the HVAC use more closely. It works best for me to have the inside temperature not more than 15 degrees cooler than the outside temps. This approach really cuts down the HVAC utility bills and also doesn’t make it such a shock when I go outside. However, one of the things I loved most about this house was just unusable during the summer until recently. The house has a built on sun room. In the summer it is just so hot that I can’t even set foot in there. That seemed like a waste so I had the local HVAC put in a ductless HVAC unit.

 

 

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Huge difference with clean HVAC air ducts

I wear a lot of hats and they are all different.

I’m a daughter and a sister in one family.

And, I am a mom and wife in another family. These are all jobs I take seriously and work to do well by everyone. It’s like having a whole other job on top of my demanding career. It’s a good thing that I am grounded and have a great partner. It helps that his office is in the HVAC comfort of our home. This allows him the flexibility to respond to things as they arise. He takes care of being sure the kids are getting to where they need to be. Plus, he does most of the cooking, cleaning and shopping. It’s really great and I know without that support, there is no way I can keep wearing all the different hats that I do. Just a week ago, my husband did something that really made an amazing difference. I don’t know where he got the idea to have the HVAC air ducts cleaned. It certainly wasn’t from me given that I had no idea that was even possible. He got a number from the local HVAC people and made an appointment with a cleaning crew who only does HVAC air ducts. It was a surprise. And I was surprised at what a difference getting the ductwork cleaned would make. The air is more fresh to me. And there is far less dust which is something I didn’t even consider. The bonus is the fact that the air duct cleaning crew sealed all the duct joints as well. This will end up saving us a ton of money on HVAC costs as the efficiency will be much higher.

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