Never asking friend to house sit again

It’s really difficult to go out of town for any extended period as an adult.

There’s too much going on at your house to feel comfortable walking away for weeks at a time. Not only are all of your valuables stored inside the residence, but you are responsible for all of the utility mishaps that can happen when you’re gone. For instance, having a tree damage your home, having a pipe burst in a frigid winter, or having a water leak that racks up a massive water bill. Recently, I had to go out of town so I decided to ask a good friend of mine to house-sit for some portion of my trip. I thought it would be a good idea if someone was there to monitor the energy expenditure and utilities rather than leaving the house completely empty. Well, now I am second-guessing that inclination. When I returned home, I received a massive energy bill in the mail. My house was in shambles, my thermostat program was completely different than I had left it, and the electrical company was barking down my neck for a huge payment. I asked my friend what had gone wrong in the household during my absence, and she replied that everything had been perfectly comfortable. She really loved my heating and cooling system and enjoyed the convenience of my smart thermostat, especially. When I checked the activity log on my smart thermostat, I realized exactly what had happened with my astronomical energy bill. My friend was lounging around the house all day, making minute changes to my air quality control plan and blasting the air conditioning system at full power. When I asked her to house-sit for me, I really thought I would save money on my utilities… Not pay for somebody to abuse my HVAC system.

 

Commercial HVAC

Thermostat finally got used to our schedule, changing again

When it comes to thermostats, sometimes the smartest ones can be rather stupid to operate.

I know that smart thermostats are designed to automatically learn your personal habits and air temperature control preferences, but it seems to be way too difficult to convince them that your schedule has changed.

About a year ago I had a smart thermostat installed in my house for the first time. I was extremely happy with the modern air temperature control device and wished that I had upgraded my thermostat years earlier. I noticed that my energy efficiency had vastly improved and my indoor comfort had too. Plus, I love that the thermostat automatically adjusted my heating and cooling system every day according to my normal work schedule. I never had to remember to turn down the cooling system before spending a day at the office. The problem is, when the COVID-19 pandemic struck I began working from home full-time. This completely confused my thermostat and upset my HVAC temperature control plan entirely. For weeks, my smart thermostat continued to automatically adjust the indoor air temperature, no matter how many times I manually corrected it. The thermostat was constantly sending me notifications that there were adjustments being made to my indoor air quality control, and I couldn’t disable them. It felt like my thermostat had decided that my indoor air temperature settings were permanent and I was the one who needed to adjust. Finally, the air temperature control device seemed to have realized that things had changed. Now, I’m unhappy to report that I have to go back to working in the office full time so my HVAC needs have changed once more… I can’t wait to get these harassing messages from my smart thermostat again.

 

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Had to promise HVAC company my mom wouldn’t be home

It seems like they weren’t going to renew her HVAC service contract and she wasn’t sure why they were denying her air quality control services

It can be difficult living with a highly anxious and neurotic mother. She’s a really nice lady, but she doesn’t have control of her mental faculties these days. For her kids, it can be exhausting to deal with her incessant talking and short attention span. Apparently, this is also the case when it comes to outside professionals who are just trying to do their jobs around her house. For the past few years I have noticed that my mom’s indoor air quality was getting a lot better. I asked if she had updated her central heating and cooling system, and she cheerily replied that she had signed up for an air quality control maintenance contract with the local heating and cooling dealership. Every few months, one of their HVAC technicians came out to her house and serviced every piece of air handling equipment that she had been using. This included inspecting her air conditioning unit and forced air furnace, changing the air filter, and cleaning the extensive ductwork. She had also noticed a major difference in her indoor air quality and her energy bills were lower than she could ever have imagined. Then, she told me that she was having some trouble getting a hold of the heating and cooling shop recently. It seems like they weren’t going to renew her HVAC service contract and she wasn’t sure why they were denying her air quality control services. I called the shop to see if I could sort out the issue, at which point they kindly told me that none of the HVAC technicians wanted to go to my mom’s house anymore. Apparently, every time they come out to do a routine maintenance appointment, she won’t stop talking at them and distracting them from the repair work they’re trying to do. I didn’t want my mom to suffer from poor air quality again, so I had to promise the HVAC shop that I would take my mom out of the house in order for an air quality control specialist to perform the necessary maintenance appointments.
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Dog navigates house using the HVAC system

My mom is a pretty funny human.

She has a penchant for collecting animals and overwhelming herself with the amount of care that she has to give them.

The thing is, she really loves to find the most broken critters that you can imagine. Namely, she absolutely loves to adopt blind dogs for some reason. They are always extremely entertaining and lovable pets that she acquires. Plus, it’s interesting to see how they navigate the house without their eyesight. Her current dog seems to have figured out a different system than the ones in the past. Specifically, by using her indoor air handling system. For a few days, we’ve been lounging around in the wonderful air conditioning indoors and I’ve been watching her dog get around. I couldn’t figure out how he got from room to room without running into the walls… Until I realized that he always waited for the air conditioning unit to turn on before he started moving. After that, I paid closer attention to his routes around the house and realized they were based on proximity to air vents. Whenever the heating and cooling system is operating and high-quality indoor air is streaming through the vents, he starts pacing around the house. Clearly, he’s navigating with temperature differences and the feeling of air streaming past his nose. When he senses cold air coming from the air vents, he can tell where he is. Then he navigates easily to the next air duct opening and continues into the next room on his patrol. It’s really quite smart. My only question is, what happens when she turns off the central HVAC system?

Heater technician

Brother is an HVAC tech, no matter the circumstances

My big brother is one of those dudes who can’t turn off his working brain.

No matter the circumstances, he is going to be the man in charge and he’s going to be obsessive about the task in front of him.

Even if you are in the middle of a project, he will walk up and suddenly take it over as his own. After that, you are somehow in the way of my brother completing the task you started in the first place. It can be extremely exhausting to have him over at your house. This is especially true when you’re just trying to kick back and relax, and he starts messing with all of your indoor air handling equipment. You see, besides being a know-it-all Mr. Fixer, my brother is a certified Heating and Cooling specialist. He works downtown and performs massive commercial HVAC repairs, installations, and maintenance appointments for enormous corporations. However, that doesn’t stop him from getting involved with household air quality control systems every chance that he gets. Whenever he comes over to my house, it’s guaranteed that he’s going to disappear into the basement and start messing with the heating and cooling system. He will take the air handling equipment apart and start cleaning all of the internal machinery. He will also inspect your air ducts for filth and clean them nicely. This all might sound like a positive part of knowing my brother, if it weren’t for all the unnecessary comments he will make about your heating and cooling system. His unsolicited help immediately becomes a way for him to lecture you on his superior HVAC knowledge.

 

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I can tell when the air filter was changed last

I recently went to my aunt’s house to help her with a few random chores.

She struggles to get her lawn mowed, to clean her gutters, and to keep the house clean inside.

I know that she has a lot of disabilities that keep her from maintaining these household tasks, so I wanted to lend her hand while I had the spare time. When I arrived at her house, however, it was obvious that there were bigger issues at hand. Namely, her indoor air quality needed to be improved immediately. After taking two steps into the door, I knew that her central cooling system wasn’t working properly or she had filth inside of her air ducts. It legitimately felt like she had no air conditioning system operating whatsoever. Even worse, the indoor air was stagnant and smelly as if it was full of unwanted airborne particulates. I thought I shouldn’t pay attention to her failing indoor air quality and decided I would service her central heating and cooling system. My aunt insisted that the air quality control system was fine, but it was obvious that she was just embarrassed. I know for a fact that she hadn’t cleaned her air vents, air ducts, or even changed her air filter in at least 10 years. She overtly disagreed with this observation and continued to tell me that she had regular heating and cooling appointments. But, the evidence was obvious when I started pulling out long white dog hairs from her ductwork and HVAC equipment. My aunt hasn’t owned a dog in over a decade.

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Instead of adjusting thermostat, go outdoors

We’re certainly in a period of rapidly changing times, aren’t we. It seems like everything in my life is completely unstable right now, especially surrounding my finances. I lost my job during the pandemic and I’ve been trying to figure out what I’m going to do for full-time employment ever since. I’m trying my best to keep my expenses low because my savings account is only going to last so long. Therefore, I’ve been doing what I can to cut grocery, energy, and HVAC costs at my house. It’s been rather difficult to achieve all of these goals because I’m stuck indoors all the time. Obviously, you need your central heating and cooling system when you’re going to be indoors from dawn to dusk. I don’t leave the house to go on adventures or to attend my job anymore, meaning my heating and cooling system is taking the brunt of my abuse. These days, I’ve been trying to change my perspective more than I change the settings on the thermostat. I know how costly it is to adjust to the heating and cooling control plan because it amounts to higher energy bills and more wear and tear on the central HVAC system. Rather than subjecting the thermostat to my abuse like this, I’ve been working on my appreciation of the heating and cooling devices. Whenever I start to feel uncomfortable inside, I walk outside and jog around for a few minutes in the natural heat and humidity outdoors. By the time I’m done outside, my indoor air temperature will feel amazing and I won’t have to increase my energy usage.

Heating and cooling equipment

My pride is overflowing

I am so proud of my amazing son! What am I talking about here…I still am proud of my son! He recently graduated from heating as well as air conditioner college as well as got his certification to become a real heat as well as cooling system specialist! This had been his major goal since he was in high college and came to the decision that was where his interests for a career were at, he is even looking into getting his own supplier licence so he could have the option to become an independent heating as well as air conditioner supplier if he needed to.

This is all going to depend on if he can find a job with some local heating and cooling supplier in the near future, then with the way things have been on the job market lately, it is kind of hard to get hired anywhere at this point in time. If he does end up going to the independent heating as well as air conditioner supplier route, he said that he is going to have to come up with some gimmick or great promotional idea to be able to rack in the business, and finally make himself sit out from the well known heating as well as air conditioner corporations that all of us already have here in the city. He will first be applying to become a certified heating as well as air conditioner worker at 1 of the local heat as well as cooling system companies first though. The independent Heating as well as Air Conditioning supplier option is a last resort type of thing for us, and of course, he need not stress if he can’t get things going right away, because all of us would allow him to transport back to the lake house till all was in locale if needed.

Heating repair

Overflowing with pride

I was extremely proud of my son the other day! What am I talking about here…I still am proud of our son! He recently just wrapped up with heating and a/c school and got his certification to become a real heat and a/c specialist! This had been his major goal since he was in school and decided that was where his interests for a job were at, however he also is looking into getting his very own supplier licence so he could have the occasion to become an independent heating and a/c corporation if he needed to… This is all going to depend on if he can get himself a job with some local heating and cooling corporation in the near future.

Due to the way things have been on the job market lately, it is kind of taxing to get hired somewhere at this point in the year.

If he does go the independent heating and a/c corporation route, he said that he is going to have to come up with some gimmick or great promotional plan to be able to rack in the business, and make himself rest out from the well known heating and a/c companies that the people I was with and I already have here in the city. He will start off by applying to become a certified heating and a/c corporation at one of the local heat and a/c companies first though. The independent Heating and Air Conditioning corporation occasion is a last resort kind of thing, as you might expect, he does not need to stress if he can’t get things going immediately, because the people I was with and I would allow him to move back home till all was in locale if needed.

furnace/heater tune-up

I am a happy guy

I am currently so proud of my son! What am I talking about here…I still am proud of my son! Last year he graduated from heating as well as a/c school as well as got his certification to become a real heat as well as specialist! This had been his number one goal since he was in private school as well as decided that was where his interests for a career were at, however he also is looking into getting his very own company licence so he could have the option to become an independent heating and a/c company if he needed to, and this is all going to depend on if he can find a job with some local heating as well as cooling corporation in the near future, then with the way things have been on the job market lately, it is kind of taxing to get hired anywhere at this point in life, but if he does go the independent heating as well as a/c company route, he said that he is going to have to come up with some gimmick or nice promotional plan to be able to rack in the business, as well as make himself rest out from the well known heating and a/c corporations that the people I was with and I already have here in the city.

  • He will initially be applying to become a certified heating as well as a/c serviceman at one of the local heat as well as companies first though.

The independent Heating and A/C company option is a last resort kind of thing. As you might expect, he need not stress if he can’t get things going right away, because we would allow him to transport back home till all was in place if needed.

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