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HVAC replacement surprise

Take it from me, make sure you contact your HVAC control prior to getting a new HVAC replacement.

  • Otherwise, you could be in for quite a surprise.

When the HVAC tech told me to that our old HVAC unit was nearing the end, I took him at his word. The HVAC people we use are excellent and have always delivered expert service at fair prices. So, I had not question that we indeed needed to start thinking about replacing the HVAC. For one thing, it was well over 20 years old and was running more than it ever had just trying to meet heating & cooling demands. However, I balked at the idea of setting up an appointment with the HVAC contractor. The HVAC technician suggested I do that and I sort of shrugged it off. I figured I’d just do some research and then pick a model for the HVAC upgrade. I mean how hard could it be. I had the specs for the old HVAC that I could use to replace it right? Well, that is in fact exactly how I handled it. We saved for nearly a year and I purchased the HVAC replacement directly and had it shipped to our HVAC company. At that point, the HVAC contractor did come out to prep for the installation. When he go to doing his inspection, he promptly found that our air ducts were not going to work with the new HVAC unit. They were pretty much shot. This stopped everything. Now we had to come up with a new plan to replace the air ducts first. Had I engaged the HVAC contractor initially, that would have never happened.

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Need to make the tough HVAC decision

When it comes to making crucial decisions, I tend to overthink it.

  • The weight of the decision forces me into weighing just about every possible risk and benefit.

Then, I consider every possible solution or problem with those solutions. It gets to be a bit of a maddening cycle. The latest thing that has caused me to get in this headspace is the HVAC. We always get the HVAC inspected and maintained on a seasonal basis. Our awesome HVAC tech told me that we need to start considering replacing the HVAC. And this was nearly a year ago. While I did start a separate savings account because I totally trust the HVAC company we use, I haven’t done much else. Well, that isn’t quite true. I have gone to all my friends, colleagues, family and even a few strangers to get their input on upgrading the HVAC. This has resulted in me just being frozen and not doing anything. I do look and research the different models. However, I really haven’t ever considered HVAC equipment before. Mostly, I don’t really know what I’m looking at. And when I try to learn all the technical stuff to help me figure this out, it just gets that much more confusing. Fortunately, my wife had about enough of this and wasn’t about to have no plan when the HVAC decided to finally quit for good. She called an HVAC contractor and set an appointment. It was the best thing she could have done. Thank God I married her. The HVAC contractor was able to hear our concerns and match those with real HVAC options.

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The air filter was keeping our AC from working properly

My girlfriend and I had a very busy weekend.

On Saturday, we had a wedding and we were gone all day.

Sunday morning, we had church and a big celebration with family. By the time the weekend was over, both of us were ready for a day of relaxation. Unfortunately, both of us were scheduled to be at work very early on Monday morning. When we were finished with our day on Sunday, we took a shower and went to bed early. The AC was running and working properly when both of us went to sleep. At some point in the middle of the night, the AC stopped working. It was still dark outside when I woke up covered in sweat and perspiration. I woke up my girlfriend and both of us were miserable. The AC was not running and I could not figure out how to fix the problem. My girlfriend suggested calling the apartment manager, but the office was not open yet. I called and I left a message. As soon as the office opened, the manager returned our call. She told us that the problem would be repaired by the time we got home from work later that day. I was hesitant to leave, but I had a full day of work. My girlfriend and I decided to trust that apartment manager. I worried about the air conditioner all day, but the manager kept her promise. When my girlfriend got home at 5, the AC was running and the apartment felt great. The air filter was clogged and that was the reason for the AC problems.

 

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I had to respond to a call at the fitness center

I had to go to the shop to pick up parts to fix the problem, but I was back to the fitness center in less than an hour

Wednesday morning I came to work and the first job on the schedule was a furnace repair. The fitness center on Green Street was having trouble with the furnace and they called our heating and air conditioning repair company for help. We installed the new furnace a couple of years ago and they have used our services since then. I went to the fitness center to investigate the problem. The place was closed when I arrived and I had to wait for the manager to unlock the door. It was my first time responding to a service call at the fitness center. When I saw the manager pull up in her car, I immediately recognized the face. It was an old friend from high school that I had not seen in about five years. I could tell that she recognized my face as well. We had a quick hug and then we were down to business. Cheryl took me into the building and showed me the room where the furnace is located. I spent some time checking all of the furnace parts before I located the issue. I had to go to the shop to pick up parts to fix the problem, but I was back to the fitness center in less than an hour. I repaired the furnace and everything was fixed by lunchtime. I had a few minutes to spare, so Cheryl and I sat in the cafe and talked. We enjoyed a blueberry and banana smoothie while we caught up on the last five years.

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The apartment maintenance team did not fix the problem

My girlfriend and I woke up with sweat and perspiration all over our head and neck.

Neither one of us felt the cool air coming out of the air vents.

I got out of bed and I immediately went to check the thermostat. It was clear that the air conditioner was not working properly, so I contacted the apartment manager. I knew she could help with the issue. I left three messages before someone contacted me back. My girlfriend and I had to go to work, but the apartment manager assured both of us that the air conditioner problem would be fixed before we got home from work later that afternoon. Both of us thought that would be the end of the issue, but when you came home from work. There was a note on our door to contact the manager. My girlfriend was the first person to arrive home and she immediately called the manager for more information. We found out that the air conditioner needed a part that they did not have in stock. The maintenance supervisor ordered the air conditioner part and it was going to arrive the next day. The manager told us that our air conditioner was first priority in the morning. My girlfriend and I thought about going to a hotel for the night, but we decided to stay home. We turned on all of the ceiling fans in the apartment and we used two fans in our bedroom. We were very thankful that the air conditioner was repaired the next day as promised.

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Radiant heat and ductless AC are great options for allergy sufferers

Several members of my family suffer from terrible seasonal allergies.

  • My wife is allergic to fresh cut grass and pollen.

All three of our children have the same allergies. During the spring and summer months, everyone in the house is miserable. A couple of years ago, my wife and I took the kids to a specialist to discuss their seasonal allergies. The specialist suggested that we make some changes in our home to accommodate the symptoms. The specialist suggested buying an air purifier for the house. The specialist also suggested getting rid of our home HVAC unit to make room for radiant heat and ductless AC options. My wife and I knew that we could not afford to get rid of our HVAC unit and we definitely didn’t have the money to install radiant heat or ductless AC. We did have enough money to buy an air purifier for the house. We bought an air purifier that attaches directly to our home heating and cooling unit. All of the air that comes into the machine is purified and sanitized before it leaves the machine. Until my wife and I can afford to change our heating and cooling method, the air purifier will have to be enough. Both of us talked to an HVAC contractor about the radiant heat and ductless AC options. Neither one of these are in our price range. Even if we got a loan to pay for the installation fees, we would still have trouble making the payment each month. It’s simply not affordable for a family with two full time jobs and three kids.

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The gift of heated floors

I absolutely love heated floors.

Until you have walked on warm heated floors on a cold winter morning, you haven’t lived. I decided to purchase heated floors last year after having a particularly bad winter. Don’t get me wrong, it is normally cold here and I do love in a cold climate but this was bad even for here. There was always frost on the windows and the air even indoors with the furnace running had a bite to it. It wasn’t a pleasant experience and I had decided that I wanted to get something more than my average oil furnace. While my oil furnace does do its job of heating the house, it isn’t as good as Central heating and we all need to be in the same room to stay warm. The further you are away from the warm room the colder it gets to the point where if you are on the opposite side of the house you might as well be outside. Which is why I decided to not only get a central heater installed by the local HVAC company but I also get heated floors. It wasn’t cheap but now we are no longer freezing. Now I can truly enjoy all that the heated floors have to offer, now everytime I want to just take a day to sit back and relax, I don’t have to worry about the floor being ice cold underneath me. Now more rushing to find my slippers or socks, I can walk in my bare feet if I chose to do so. It allows me a new kind of freedom that I didn’t know I was missing out on.

 

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HEPA filters are good for your health

Even now that I am out on my own, I still eat healthy, exercise often, and yes, I have a HEPA filter too

Moms seem to know everything, and this was the case with my mother. My mom taught me all the different ways to stay healthy. I was always eating healthy growing up and was encouraged to have an active lifestyle, so when HVAC technology became more popular, so did the news that having a HEPA filter in your home could really improve your health. Many people don’t think too much about it, but the air quality and the air you breathe is directly linked to your health. When you are indoors all the time, you are not going to be at your healthiest because you are breathing in recycled stale air. Think of how many people live in your home, and then think of all of those people breathing in and out, constantly. So my mom was the first of our community to get a HEPA filter. She wanted that filter to live up to its promise of being able to remove dirt, dust, and bacteria that could make you sick. With all the lessons she has taught me, I know I am a healthier person. Even now that I am out on my own, I still eat healthy, exercise often, and yes, I have a HEPA filter too. The lessons that she taught me early on in my life have really helped me to create a much happier and healthier future. I plan to share all that I have learned from her with my future wife and kids, having an active and healthy lifestyle should increase my lifespan and make a happier future for all of us.

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HEPA filters have been the perfect addition to my home

It is disappointing to me to know that I have gone this whole time living without a HEPA filter.

Since purchasing one I have felt much more energetic and active than I did before.

My indoor air quality is so much better and now I don’t mind being indoors as much. The funny thing is, is that I never even knew there was a problem in the first place. I was never really the kind to think about air, or heating and cooling companies, or any HVAC related stuff, that is unless my heater or a/c stopped working, but that was about as far as it went. Then a friend of mine had downloaded an app that showed how good the air quality in his area is, and it wasn’t pretty, and if that was on the outside I couldn’t imagine the inside. But yet he fixed his issues by buying a HEPA filter from the heating and cooling company and that inspired me to buy one too and now I also have excellent air. I still remember when I first saw how bad the indoor air quality was, I was pretty concerned, and even though I do now have the wonderfully working HEPA filter, I am really considering getting a few standing air purifiers as well. I think between the air purifiers and the HEPA filter my indoor air quality will be much cleaner and purer and while that will take care of the inside, unfortunately there is not much that I can do about the outside air.

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Getting the air ducts cleaned

I know it may seem like a common sense thing to have your air ducts cleaned, but it just wasn’t something that occurred to me.

Plus I know it may sound gross but my house isn’t exactly the cleanest, I have a lot of pets, which means lots of hair getting into the air vents and they do make messes as pets will do.

This may sound odd, but I always thought the vents were self-maintained and that the a/c system somehow cleaned them. Don’t ask me how that would have worked because I would have been unable to tell you, but it is what I thought for the longest time. It wasn’t until I noticed that the air conditioning system was just barely blowing any air that I became concerned. I wasn’t sure what to do so I did nothing about it, but after a week nothing improved and so I decided to call the heating and a/c technician to come out and take a look at it. When the heating and cooling professional arrived he took a look at the air conditioner, and then the cooling professional told me he wanted to check the air ducts. When he checked the air ducts, he found the source of the problem, the air ducts were severely clogged and needed a cleaning, I paid the price to have them cleaned, and the ductwork taken care of, and afterwards I had good clean air flowing through once again and the house now cooled like it was supposed too. It was good to have my a/c back, I wouldn’t want to face the heat without it.

 

 

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