Still going with a HVAC tech

I tend to be that woman who typically plays by the rules.

That seems far less a popular stance nowadays.

It’s like you’re considered an idiot if you follow common sense rules in order to do the right thing. So, it shouldn’t be all that big a surprise that I am having the professional HVAC suppliers do the repairs necessary on our HVAC system. However, I will admit that I considered the cheaper option. These uncertain economic times have resulted in our weekly household budget being cut down. My wife’s hours were cut where she works thanks to the virus. I am working from home. Fortunately for me, I am still making a decent salary, although bonuses are a thing of the past. Frankly, I wonder if my business will use this as a precedent to get rid of the bonus structure altogether. I hate the thought of that but, I’d rather be ready for it than get caught out. This means that it is a bit warmer inside the home this summer. I’m doing the best I can to cut the HVAC costs in order to save a bit of money on the utilities. This is also the reason why I considered a handyman for the HVAC repairs. As I understood it, a vital part would be coming out with that new vital part going back in. Didn’t sound like brain surgery. And yet, I knew that the HVAC professionals I have trusted for ages would guarantee their labor and suppose exactly what they are doing. I can’t say the same thing about the handyman. While breaking the rules to save a bit of money was enticing, I knew that sticking with what is right is the best answer by far.
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Keeping up with necessary HVAC repairs

I tend to be that guy who always plays by the rules.

  • That seems far less a popular stance these days.

It’s like you’re considered an idiot if you follow common sense rules in order to do the right thing. So, it shouldn’t be all that big a surprise that I am having the professional HVAC technicians do the repairs necessary on my HVAC system. However, I was tempted to do otherwise. These uncertain economic times have resulted in my monthly household budget being cut down. My wife’s hours were cut where she works due to the virus. I am working from home. Fortunately for me, I am still making my salary but bonuses are a thing of the past. Frankly, I wonder if the company will use this as a precedent to get rid of the bonus structure altogether. I hate the thought of that but, I’d rather be ready for it than get caught out. This means that it is a bit warmer inside the house this summer. I’m doing the best I can to cut the HVAC costs in order to save a bit of money on the utilities. This is also the reason why I considered a handyman for the HVAC repairs. As I understood it, one vital part would be coming out with that new vital part going back in. Didn’t sound like brain surgery. And yet, I knew that the HVAC professionals I have trusted for ages would guarantee their work as well as know exactly what they are doing. I couldn’t say the same thing about the handyman. While breaking the rules to save a bit of money was enticing, I knew that sticking with what is right is the best answer by far.

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Regularly vacuuming and mopping keeps my a/c filters lasting longer

I have gotten increasingly diligent with cleaning my house as I’ve grown older.

  • I learned that seeing clutter can have a negative effect on my mood and mindset during the day.

If I have a desk that looks like a complete wreck, it’s easy for my brain to get distracted with everything in my field of vision. Keeping it all tidy and organized is what I do to prevent these issues, as well as regular dusting of all surfaces and sweeping and mopping all of my tile flooring throughout. There are so many benefits to keeping your floors cleaned and sanitized. If you wear your outdoor shoes inside, you are constantly tracking bacteria, viral pathogens, mold spores, pollen microbes, and simple dust and dirt into your house. This might be the central reason you need to keep your floors clean. But even if you leave your shoes at your door or inside your garage, it’s still beneficial to keep clean floors throughout your house. Inevitably any dust and dirt that gets inside the house, be it through a door or a window, will collect on the floor and go airborne as you walk around. Your air conditioner is slowly pulling the indoor air through the ventilation system and into the air handler. Some people have their air return at floor level making this even more pertinent. As you’d guess, keeping your floors swept and mopped prevents your a/c filters from getting clogged with dust and dirt as quickly as they would otherwise. The filters I buy for my HVAC system cost $15 with tax, so if I can stretch their life out for another few weeks, that’s a huge improvement on my budget.

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If I leave my front door open too long it messes with the central a/c

Whenever I go to the grocery store to stock up on items for the month, I always struggle with getting the groceries up the single flight of stairs and through the front door of my apartment.

I try to tell the attendants and baggers to double-bag my groceries because the plastic keeps getting thinner and constantly causes issues as I’m making my way up those stairs.

There are few things in the world more daunting and upsetting than watching your full bag of groceries tear open right before you reach the top of the stairs, causing glass jars of tomato sauce to tumble down and smash once they careen into the ground. I don’t like using extra plastic than what I already have, but I can’t afford to lose $20 in groceries over a single plastic bag. There’s something that I’m more worried about though. Even if I don’t have airborne groceries and torn bags, I still am going in and out of my front door several times to bring in all of the bags from the store. I never noticed before, but recently I was seeing a drop in air conditioner performance. It seemed to correlate with the amount of times I come in and out my front door when I’m emptying my car. A lot of cool air escapes and my air conditioner starts cycling. With each time I open the door, warm and humid air rushes in and my air conditioner works even harder. Before I know it, the temperature on the thermostat increases by two or three degrees within 10 minutes only. I have to be careful to not keep the door open too long each time I have to leave or return. It’s an uphill battle when it’s hard enough as it is just to get the groceries up the stairs, let alone the time spent getting through the doorway itself.

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My smart thermostat sent me a notification to get a new filter from the store

I was a slow adherent to smart technology, but now I am obsessed. I was foolish to think smart phones were merely a gimmick when they first hit the market well over 10 years ago. Then when tablets were developed, I thought the same thing. I was proven wrong time and time again as new phones were released over the years that revolutionized the technology in ways I would have never thought possible. To think that I would have a small computer and GPS in my pocket that can remotely connect to the internet in most places of the country is just mind blowing. Over the course of two decades the latter half of the computer revolution has taken them from mere ubiquity to being essential features of our very social ecosystem. I use my smartphone to log when I need new prescription refills, as well as loading my work calendar and emails. Recently I bought a smart thermostat so I can use an app on my smartphone to control the air conditioner and furnace whenever I’m not at home. There’s another great feature that I would have never expected before purchasing the new thermostat. It sends a notification to my phone whenever I’m ready for a filter replacement. I never have to worry about going too long without replacing my HVAC filter and causing damage or unnecessary stress to my air conditioner. I stock up on the filters after getting them in bulk from an internet based supplier. I don’t know where I would be right now without my smart technology. It has woven itself into the very fabric of my being.

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It surprised me to learn my windows were letting in so much humidity from outside

Because of concerns over mold and other lung irritants, I try to keep my indoor environment as dry as possible within my own means financially.

Years ago I used a dehumidifier, but it drove up my electric bills so much that I replaced my central HVAC system at the time and bought a new one.

The new a/c was so efficient at drying my air that I never considered using a dehumidifier ever again. But after I sold that house and moved into this old ranch style home that was built in the 1960s, I’m starting to wonder if I’m going to need a dehumidifier again. It felt wet even with the a/c turned as low as 70 degrees for the course of a day straight. No matter where I set the air conditioner, I just could not get the interior to stay comfortably dry. Then came the mold in the bathrooms, and as a result, my lung capacity started to decline. I was taking allergy medication on a daily basis again. My only choice at the time was to buy a dehumidifier to run in tandem with my central air conditioner. I didn’t find out until a year later that my problems all related back to leaky windows. When I eventually gathered the funds to get new windows, the improvement on my indoor air quality was unbelievable. My air was feeling dry like it would in a newer home. I had worried I would be forced to eat the electricity expense of running a dehumidifier, but now I probably won’t ever need one again unless I move. It was a learning experience in finding out how important air conditioners and properly insulated homes are as essentials for a comfortable indoor climate.

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We are growing our business to include HVAC services for commercial HVAC needs as well as the residential HVAC services that we already provide.

Your loyalty to our HVAC company has made this expansion possible and we send you our sincerest gratitude. An HVAC company expansion means that we will need to grow our list of HVAC technicians. We are now looking to hire HVAC technicians who are ready to work for a customer-focused, family-run business that has been a staple in our community for the last 40 years. We are proud of the community we serve and take customer satisfaction very seriously. Any HVAC technicians with a combination of HVAC know-how and a customer-oriented mindset are welcome to apply. Interviews will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays and we are willing to schedule times outside of those days upon request. If you’re ready for an exciting career in the HVAC industry with a reliable HVAC company, please apply soon! We can’t wait to get started. Even if you’re someone who is not yet certified as an HVAC technician but would like to be involved in the HVAC industry, we have job availability for you as well. We also have education repayment programs that will assist you in obtaining your HVAC technician certification should that be something you’re interested in doing! Apply today to begin your career in the ever-growing industry of heating and air conditioning. Indoor comfort is an economy-proof career with great benefits and great people!
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What is your HVAC solution recommendation for this situation?

Hello! Thanks for accepting me into this group.

I’ve been in the group for a few months now and this is my first question (so forgive me if I ramble a little bit).

My husband and I moved into our new home about 2 years ago. My husband is a huge vintage car buff and we have a large garage for him to work in that’s connected to the house. When it’s hot out, we place a fan out there and open the garage door, but it gets pretty blustery in there and can sometimes cause issues when he’s working. In the winters, we place portable space heaters around the garage to keep him warm but the portable space heaters can only do so much. I would also say that portable space heaters don’t have a lot of flexibility when it comes to adjusting the temperature. With the portable space heaters, it feels cold in the garage until it feels like a sauna. I’ve been looking at HVAC solutions to our non-HVAC garage. I read online a little bit about zoned HVAC and called my HVAC provider about it. The HVAC provider is sending out an HVAC technician early next week to take a look. I also saw, though, ductless air conditioning options. I’m thinking about that as well. Does anyone on this HVAC solutions page have any recommendations about how I can provide heating and air conditioning to my husband while he’s working out in the garage? What are the most cost-effective HVAC solutions? Are there other solutions I’m not thinking of? Thank you!

 

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What are the HVAC providers’ recommendations for indoor air purification?

Hello everyone! Thank you for accepting me into this group.

  • I’m very excited to begin my career as an HVAC technician.

I will be certified as an HVAC technician by the end of this year and I am ready to get my life started. One thing a lot of my family members have been asking me about is indoor air purification. As someone studying HVAC systems and HVAC technology, there’s a lot that I can tell them. And there has been a lot that I have told them. However, they want to know what the industry recommendations are for indoor air purifications and, if I’m totally honest-which I strive to be, I have no idea about what the HVAC industry standard or HVAC industry recommendation would be the “correct” or minimum practice in keeping your indoor air purification up to snuff in a global pandemic. As you can imagine, we have not gone over HVAC industry recommendations in a global pandemic in my core courses. That’s why I wanted to ask you guys, the more experienced HVAC technicians, what you recommend and what the suggestions are from the HVAC providers who employ you? Or, if you’re self-employed, giving me an indication of what you as both an HVAC technician and HVAC provider would recommend to my family. No one in my family has any outstanding medical issues, so I’m really just looking for baseline indoor air quality recommendations and solutions. Thanks ahead of time for your perspective, I hope to talk with you all more and more as I spend time on this page! Thanks!

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My previous HVAC provider never showed up on time (if at all!)

I’m not usually the type of person who takes to the internet to vent about a bad customer service experience.

I’m not trying to be a Karen, I’ve given my HVAC provider every opportunity to do the right thing.

My HVAC provider (former HVAC provider) was terrible at customer service. They always left behind a mess- garbage, dirty footprints, etc.- every time they came to the house to tune up the central air conditioner and/or central heater. Sure, that was awful. What made the situation worse was that this was on a good day. Back in the summer when I needed my central air conditioning replaced, I had to call several days in a row. No one in the HVAC providers offices would answer the phone or call me back after my voicemail. There were occasions in which I would have a scheduled central air conditioner tune up but the HVAC technicians would not show up to do the job. The HVAC technicians/HVAC provider did not even bother to give me a courtesy call to let me know that they would not be available. I took over 5 hours of personal time from work trying to be there for the HVAC technicians who scheduled the central air conditioner tune up. Needless to say, I am looking for a new HVAC provider and my ears are wide open for HVAC provider recommendations. Like I said, I don’t usually get online to complain about businesses (HVAC providers or otherwise) but this HVAC provider has horrendous customer service and very little care for the individuals they charge (too much) to serve.

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