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Made the mistake of using work truck for move

I think most humans are aware of how important it is to make a good first impression.

  • When you meet somebody for the first time they immediately pick up on your energy and develop a picture of you in their head that can be difficult to change over time.

I have fallen into this trap many times. Apparently, I made a massive mistake a few months ago when I met my neighbors for the first time, as well. I was moving into my new home and I had quite a lot of stuff to transport over. I asked my boss at the heating and cooling dealership where I work if I could borrow my large HVAC work van for a few days in order to move boxes to the new home. My boss kindly agreed to let me utilize the air quality control work van that I normally drive to my residential HVAC repair gigs. I was very happy to have a large vehicle to make the move… But I didn’t realize what kind of impression I would be giving to the neighbors. Unfortunately, because my neighbors first saw the HVAC work van, they immediately associated me with indoor air quality control above all else. When they came over and introduced themselves they started asking about my experience as an air quality control specialist and I was happy to talk about my normal days repairing and diagnosing residential cooling systems. Now, I don’t think my neighbors can see me as anything except a heating and cooling technician. Every time they have an air quality question or feel like their HVAC system needs a professional opinion, you know that they’re knocking at my door. I haven’t been to a single barbecue without being shown to the failing AC unit or forced air furnace so I can perform repairs for most of the social event.

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Became an HVAC tech, and I’m never comfortable anymore

Sometimes you should keep your passions as your hobbies.

A very wise person once told me that… And I didn’t listen. I was always convinced that I wanted to work in the HVAC industry because I was such a strange fanatic of indoor air temperature control systems. From the age of 10 years old, I dreamt of becoming a professional Heating and Cooling technician. I had grown up in a house where we didn’t have any air conditioning for many years of my life. Every time I went to a friend’s house and experienced their powerful central AC, I desperately wanted to bring the powerful indoor air quality control system into my own daily existence. I actually enjoyed going to school as a kid because I was amazed by the massive forced air furnace that operated in the basement and the commercial size air conditioning system up on the roof. When I told my professors this, they warned me that I might not want to get into the HVAC industry because it would mar my experience with indoor air quality control devices. I didn’t heed their advice and I quickly joined HVAC technical school after graduating. I became a certified Heating and Cooling technician in less than 2 years and began working in residential air quality control. The problem is, now I hate HVAC systems. Everywhere I go, I’m extremely critical of the indoor air quality and I tear apart their air quality control maintenance plan. There’s always something they could be doing better when it comes to HVAC systems, indoor air purification, and routine maintenance. I’m so obsessed with HVAC as a professional now that I can’t enjoy it anymore as a human being.

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Always ask about HVAC before you agree to stay

Do you know the phrase beggars can’t be choosers? Well, I agree with this to a certain extent… But I also think that you should try to be discriminatory before you jump into any situation. Even if someone is doing you a favor, you should probably check on the details and conditions that are coming along with the whole deal. I’ve learned this the hard way many times during my cross-country travels. I’m always looking for a free place to stay, and I’m very appreciative when somebody offers me a couch or a spare room. Unfortunately, many times those temporary sleeping situations also included terrible indoor air quality. There was the time that I stayed in such a smokey house that you could see the indoor air. There was the time that I was surrounded by so much animal hair that it floated on airstreams from each air vent whenever the air conditioning system started up. And there have been countless times when I’ve unknowingly signed up to sleep somewhere without a cooling system at all. All of these low-quality indoor air temperature conditions have resulted in a terrible night of sleep and a respiratory illness the next morning when I wake up. These days, I know it’s a bit rude, but I always ask my potential hosts about the quality of their indoor air temperature control systems. I simply can’t stand another sleepless night of sweating through the sheets without any air conditioning. I am at the age where I am not willing to risk my mental or physical health for a lumpy couch when I’m going to be surrounded by dirty, humid indoor air, anyways.

 

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Mom mistakes “cookies” as “a sign”

A few weeks ago I started introducing my mom to the world of woo. If you’re not familiar, that simply refers to people who have a spiritual outlook on life without a technical religion that they follow. It’s the sort of folks who believe that you can manifest your destiny and that your energy changes the events that surround you everyday. Personally, it’s what I choose to believe… But now I’m questioning if it’s the right move for my mom. Shortly after I showed her some of my favorite woo podcasts, she started taking the spiritual ideas to an extreme place. Specifically, she now believes that she is destined to become a heating and cooling technician late in life. She swears that she’s been seeing signs that point to air quality control everywhere she goes on the internet. Every time she logs onto Facebook her feed is littered with ads from local HVAC repair shops and brand new Heating and Cooling certification programs. YouTube has been recommending endless DIY HVAC repair channels to her. When she goes online to view the news, it’s surrounded by new informational ads about eco-friendly Heating and Cooling devices. She’s even seen solar powered HVAC plans scattered around on Instagram. When I heard that my mom was taking my spiritual teaching seriously I was pretty excited… But I’m not sure if this Heating and Cooling message is valid. If she feels drawn to become a certified HVAC technician, I will absolutely support her decision to enter the air quality control trade. However, at the end of the day I don’t think these universal events are hints about her destiny. I’m quite sure my mom is just mistaking internet “cookies” for signs.

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If we continue to shelter in place, I need HVAC help

I think this period of time that we are in is an extremely trying one for most human beings.This year has already been extremely difficult and there’s only more chaos coming up.

It was bad enough that 2020 was going to be an election year, and then…

A global pandemic broke out. Since March, it seems like we’ve been on a media roller coaster with differing information coming in at every turn. Most recently, there’s been a lot of back and forth about whether or not it’s safe to open indoor spaces for public breathing. A lot of folks are ready to reopen the economy and start hanging out in public indoor spaces again. Personally, I would rather stay at home in the comfort and safety of my own central HVAC system. I would be more than happy if we reinstated the shelter in place orders and everyone returned to their air temperature controlled homes for the impressive summer season. My only concern with relying on my central cooling system for another several months is having a heating and cooling technician inspect my AC unit. I never had my central AC system properly diagnosed or repaired this year by my normal professional HVAC specialist. Now, I’m worried about my climbing energy bills and the cleanliness of my indoor air, overall. I know my air filters need to be changed and my cooling system could use a turbocharge to save on regular wear and tear. If we’re going to hunker down and stay indoors for another few months, I just need to call my HVAC technician for a socially distanced AC service appointment.

 

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Summer is motivation to lose weight

It seems like people need a lot of encouragement to take care of themselves and their bodies.

Even though everybody knows that your physical health is one of the key aspects to life satisfaction, financial stability, and happiness… People still can’t seem to implement proper exercise practices in their lives. Unfortunately, the only motivation that most of my peers have for staying in shape is having nice bodies to put on the internet. Around this time every year they start panicking about getting into bikini shape so they can post pictures on social media. If you ask me, the outdoor air temperature and cost of operating the central cooling system should be a bigger motivation for staying in shape than anything else. In this part of the country, the summers are oppressively hot and humid. There’s no way you can survive the brutal summer season without advanced indoor air temperature control to keep your home relatively cool and dry. This means, you encounter a lot of high energy costs thanks to the air conditioning unit outside. In my opinion, The more mass you have on your body, the more body heat you store up with all that insulation. If you drop some weight, you will also drop your internal temperature. In turn, this means you don’t need so much indoor air temperature control to keep the environment cool and dry. When it comes to motivation for keeping myself slim and fit, I just think about my energy bill and the wear and tear that is accrued on my AC unit every summer. Having forty thousand followers on my bikini Instagram is just a secondary benefit.

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Son tries to fix HVAC but has no focus

Every day he turns on some YouTube channel that specializes in HVAC troubleshooting and repair services.

You’ll never be perfect at anything when you first start out. That is a motto that I tried to live by, because it helps me to dip my toe into new experiences and hobbies. It can be difficult for me to overcome my initial fear of trying new things at times. It’s very helpful for me to recall that everybody is a beginner at some point, and it just takes effort to become an expert. That’s what I always tell myself and that’s what I tell my family. Unfortunately, that’s why my son is currently destroying our Heating and Cooling equipment on a regular basis. My kid is in high school right now, but he is desperately trying to prepare for his future career as a heating and cooling specialist. I’m not sure why he decided to become an HVAC technician, but he has had his eyes set on the air quality control industry for several months now. I want to encourage him to get experience in the HVAC field and I realized that he’s not going to be perfect at heating and cooling repair diagnostics for some amount of time. Unfortunately, this means sacrificing our own central heating and cooling system for his early experiments in air quality control repair. Every day he turns on some YouTube channel that specializes in HVAC troubleshooting and repair services. Then he goes outside and starts tinkering with the central cooling system while he follows along with the HVAC repair video. The tough part is, he has to be on his phone the entire time which becomes a massive distraction for his repair work. I swear, every day he gets halfway through his HVAC task before abandoning it to pursue his other novice dream; modelling on instagram.

 

 

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Searched HVAC devices, and now that’s all I see

Even every TV show is centered around a broken air conditioning unit or forced air furnace

Have you ever noticed that when somebody mentions a random topic to you offhandedly, it will suddenly become a massive part of your life? For years, I never noticed a particular breed of dogs until my little sister mentioned it to me a few weeks ago. Her birthday was approaching and she decided that she wanted to get one of these designer dogs as her newest companion. Suddenly, that’s all that I saw every time I left the house. I don’t think they were suddenly more dogs in my world, but my brain was suddenly programmed to spot them in every situation. The same has been absolutely true recently as my boyfriend has considered attending Heating and Cooling technical school. A few months ago he realized that he needed to quit his job and he appreciated the thought of becoming a residential HVAC technician. He knew that there was a lot of money in the air quality control industry because people always need advanced air temperature control in their house and office. These days, air purification is an even bigger deal. As soon as my husband mentioned his new interest in HVAC technical school to get his Heating and Cooling certification, that’s all I started seeing. Every billboard is for a new HVAC dealership. Every internet ad is for the newest method of indoor air purification. Even every TV show is centered around a broken air conditioning unit or forced air furnace. I’m not sure if my brain is trying to tell me that this HVAC career is the right move… Or I’m getting heating and cooling obsessed because I can’t wait for my husband to get our HVAC equipment updated.

 

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How I became a squirrel mom

For over a year now I’ve desperately wanted to get my own dog.

I had recently lost my companion animal and I was desperately desiring the presence of another pooch. The problem is, I kept running into obstacles every time I attempted to adopt a new dog. The dog of my dreams would be adopted out from under me, the shelter would ask for an astronomical adoption fee, plus they successfully fostered out every homeless dog during the pandemic. My dreams of being a dog owner again didn’t come true. However, apparently I’m going to be a squirrel mom for the foreseeable future. This isn’t what I wanted, but I guess it’s what I need. The ordeal all started when I noticed that my indoor air temperature had been fluctuating a bit. I had heard some strange sounds coming from the ductwork, which I assumed was related to the operation of my central cooling system. As time went on, the sounds from my AC unit only seemed to get louder. The air temperature fluctuations were getting more drastic and I was having to operate the central cooling system all day to maintain a comfortable indoor temperature. I finally broke down and called out my central heating and cooling technician to inspect the HVAC system, expecting that my AC unit needed some minor repairs. In reality, my HVAC technician found something much more surprising. A family of squirrels was living inside of my HVAC ductwork. He told me he could eradicate the pests from my air ducts if I wanted, but I declined the offer. Now, I’m bottle-feeding four tiny baby squirrels in a far more comfortable indoor environment. It’s a good thing I don’t have to use my AC unit so much anymore, because formula is expensive.

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Helping brother even though he’s a turd

Sometimes people really surprise you.

This can be good or bad, especially in my case.

Oftentimes, I’m blown away by how kind and considerate my family can be when I least expect it. Out of the blue, they will have purchased me a thoughtful gift or assisted me with something that has been bothering me for months. At the same time, they can be ruthless buttholes whenever they want to. I guess we go back and forth and that’s part of being a family unit. That’s why, even though my brother and I are on bad terms I still went out to his house to help with his heating and cooling repair the other day. For months we’ve been squabbling over some old family issues and haven’t been on speaking terms. However, I heard that he was having issues with his indoor air temperature control system and didn’t have the money to pay for a professional Heating and Cooling technician to come to his house and inspect the failing cooling device. He could easily call me because I happen to be a central heating and cooling technician at a reputable air quality control dealership. But, since we were feuding, he remained silent about the air quality issues. Still, my mom was sure to tell me about the HVAC nightmare that he was dealing with. That’s when I decided to sneak over to his house one night and inspected the air conditioning unit on my own. When he woke up the next morning, his air conditioning conundrum was completely solved and he never had to tarnish his pride by asking for my professional HVAC help. It’s part of being a family.
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