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Heating and cooling is a priority when renovating houses for sale

Most often, we live in the houses during the end stages of the renovation process

After retiring from our jobs, my husband and I started looking for something else to keep us busy and earn some money. Since the two of us are both exceptionally handy and knowledgeable in construction, we decided to start buying and selling houses. We look for properties in good neighborhoods that are selling for a reasonable price. Houses that have been left empty or neglected are often available for a lot less than they could ultimately be worth. As long as there is a solid foundation and structure, we can handle just about everything else. My husband and I have experience replacing walls, running electrical wires, installing plumbing and completely gutting and remodeling kitchens and bathrooms. One of the only jobs we stay away from is heating and cooling equipment installation. Prior to purchasing a house, we hire a certified HVAC contractor to inspect and evaluate the entirety of the heating and cooling system. If the ductwork needs to be replaced or the furnace is beyond help, we often walk away from the project. In most cases, updating heating and cooling systems is simply too expensive. However, there are exceptions and we rely on the HVAC contractor to provide knowledgeable recommendations. We always have the heating and cooling equipment professionally serviced to optimize the efficiency, capacity, safety and reliability of the system. Most often, we live in the houses during the end stages of the renovation process. We verify that all of the essential systems, such as electricity, plumbing, heating and cooling are operating properly. While we strive to make some money on each project, we also want to be sure we’re providing a good deal for the buyer as well.
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Investing in central air conditioning because of road construction

I live in an area where the winter is by far the longest season. However, even the spring and fall tend to be chilly and damp. Because of the severity of the weather, we rely on the furnace for approximately eight months out of the year. By early September, I make sure all of the windows are shut tight and the house sealed to prevent energy losses. I pay huge heating bills and spend lots of time shoveling snow and scraping ice. Due to temperatures well below zero and non stop snowfall, my family spends the majority of our time huddled inside. The air tends to get very dry and stale. We’re all eager for nice weather and fresh air. When the outside temperature warms up, I like to open the windows and avoid paying huge utility bills for a little while. I saw no reason to install a central air conditioner to combat two months of heat and humidity. We managed with box fans and window air conditioners in the bedrooms until just a couple of years ago. At that time, the county decided to replace the road in front of my house. They brought in heavy machinery and crews of workers and started the job very early every morning. They created a tremendous amount of noise and debris. It became impossible to have our windows open. A layer of dust accumulated on our cars every day, and I couldn’t allow the contaminants to come inside through the screens and affect our air quality. With the windows shut, the house quickly became uncomfortably hot and sticky. The road construction project was scheduled to last all summer. I finally had no choice but to call up a local HVAC contractor and invested in central air conditioning.
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Unreasonable customer request for HVAC service.

My family has been in the HVAC business for nearly three generations and we have seen just about everything when it comes to customers and the service request that they ask for, however, the one we got last week was one for the books.

It started out as a typical phone call or an annual maintenance check up but by the end of it our dispatch person told the customer on the other end of the line that we would be unable to complete the service call.

I know you’re probably thinking that it is a bad idea to refuse business but this lady was out of control. Apparently she is a germaphobe and wanted the technician to completely disinfect himself prior to entering her home. We always take extra precautions especially in times like these but there is a point where you can only do so much. She told her dispatch person that she would need the technician to spray down all of his equipment with a bleach solution prior to bringing it into the house and subject himself to being sprayed down with a disinfectant spray. Not only is this a safety hazard for our employees but we would never agree to anything like that anyway. Having people come into your home and service your appliances or do repairs is something that we all need to do but you have to be reasonable when it comes to thinking about the person doing the job as well. If you are that worried about doing business with a company perhaps you should reconsider who you are trusting to have in your house to begin with.

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Our yoga room was disturebed by HVAC

I own a yoga workout area in my town, and my HVAC unit is a big deal for my business.

When I first started the business, I had an HVAC mechanic install my air conditioner and furnace for me, but the first time I ran the air conditioner, it was incredibly loud.

I was worried that it would distract or disturb my customers during the yoga sessions. I tried to get the air conditioner to quiet down by lubricating the moving parts and checking on the cooling coils, but it didn’t seem to help. My first yoga session was the next day and I didn’t want my air conditioner to be causing all this noise on the store’s opening day. I had to call the HVAC serviceman and asked him if he could come in that day and fix the air conditioner. Sadly he could not come that day and I was stuck with this noisy air conditioner. I decided to go to my local HVAC store and purchase a small, quiet air conditioner just so my opening session left a good impression. When I got back to the yoga area, I inserted the air conditioner into the window and turned it on. I was happy to hear the low quiet buzz and the rush of cool air that came out of it. Thanks to this window air conditioner, my first yoga session was a major success and no one had a hard time focusing. While an HVAC unit could have ruined the opening, another HVAC unit saved the day, this shows that no matter how bad your HVAC unit is, you can always count on a different hVAC unit.

 

 

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We had way too many HVAC units in our house.

I’m pretty sure my neighbors think my family is crazy and have an addiction.

While I don’t think we are crazy, we certainly have an obsession with HVAC units of all kinds.

Each of my family members has their own favored HVAC unit which they have chosen to have in their part of the house. My oldest sister prefers to have a small air conditioner in her room, and a large furnace because she is always cold. She also has three space heaters spread throughout her room so no matter where she is sitting in her room, there is always a space heater nearby. My brother, who is always in the sun outside and doesn’t like his room to be warm, has a large window air conditioner and in both of his windows in his room. He also has the central air conditioner run to his room through the house air vents, so on hot summer days when he’s outside working, he will turn his air conditioners on high using his own smart thermostat. My mom and dad, on the other hand, like the room to be different temperatures depending what time of the day it is. In the morning, they like the air conditioner to be on low so it’s cool in their room, in the afternoon they have the air conditioner on high, and in the evening they like the furnace to heat their room nice and toasty. While my family really does have a lot of HVAC units in our house, we can say that our rooms are always the temperature we want them to be.

 

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How to spot a bad a/c and a good one

When you go shopping for a new HVAC unit, there are a few things you need to look out for.

  • There are different problems and hazards for every unit, but there are some specifics that you can easily avoid no matter how educated you are in HVAC technology.

First let’s talk about furnaces and a couple different problems with them. First there is the boiler heater. Boilers are very popular today because they can save the owner hundreds of dollars a year in their energy bill, however, there is a common problem that boilers have that you need to look out for when shopping for HVAC units. The two common problems are leaking pipes, and strange sounds coming from the boiler and the pipes. These aren’t necessarily caused by the boiler itself, but rather the way it was installed and the age of the boiler. The next unit is a gas furnace. The problem with a gas furnace is that they often leak gas fumes through the furnace or the pipes, which can be dangerous or deadly. The next furnace is the electric furnace, which can have similar problems to the boiler and gas furnace, but on top of these problems, an electric furnace can also have loose or disconnected wires which cripples the whole furnace system. Most of these problems can be avoided depending on the HVAC technician that installs your heating unit. To ensure your furnace or boiler is installed correctly, do some research on the HVAC technician you are considering hiring, and choose one with a lot of experience.
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Window unit AC is too noisy

Sometimes, I will walk into the bathroom and it will be 10 degrees colder that in the kitchen

Each night during the summer months, my boyfriend and I watched a few episodes of our favorite shows or we watched a movie together on the couch. Recently, it has been terribly hot and uncomfortable inside the house. With the summer months rolling in, we knew it was only going to get worse. The window unit air conditioner is great at cooling the room quickly, but with all the noise, it makes it very hard to concentrate on the show or movie that we are watching at that time. The window unit AC is so loud! We have started turning the window unit air conditioner on before we start the show so we can cool down the house. When we start the show, we turn the AC off. The location of the AC is the worst part. It is directly behind the couch and on the opposite wall of the couch. The AC is so loud and it drives me insane! It seems like the other window unit ACs in our house are not as noisy as this one, and it makes it so hard to concentrate on anything going on. I like how well the window unit AC cools the house down, but sometimes I wish we had a central AC system that was quiet and cooled the entire house to the same temperature. Sometimes, I will walk into the bathroom and it will be 10 degrees colder that in the kitchen. It is hard to regulate the AC, especially in the summer months. In the region that I live, it can be hard to regulate the temperature inside.

 

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New AC in my moms car

For as long as I can remember, the AC in my moms car never worked well.

It was always something with that car.

I remember as a kid thinking “why doesn’t she just get a new one?”, but as an adult, I understand why. Cars are very expensive! Sometimes, just having the car paid off is a good enough reason to ride around with no AC. My mom did it for many years. I remember when she actually got it repaired. We got into the car after school one day and realized that the AC was blowing cold air. This was new to me and my sister. We were so excited that our moms car had AC that we started to cheer in the back seat. I am sure that the other parents and kids in the line at school that day thought we had just been told that we were getting a puppy or some other super exciting thing a kid would be stoked on. Nope, we were just happy to not be sweating out butts off on the way home from school that day. I remember that the car shortly needed to be replaced after the AC repair. My mom said she would not go another day in her life in a car without AC. It is just such an inconvenience to know what it is like to have AC, and then have it taken away. I am so happy that my mom decided to replace the AC in her car. I know that it is not a cheap thing to have replaced, but I know that she was so happy with the outcome.

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Replacing the HVAC in a school

My friend is a teacher and told me that they were replacing the HVAC system at the school she works at next week.

The building is very old and it is the same building where I went to highschool. With this in mind, I started thinking about how it was always so cold in the classrooms when we were in school. She told me that the classrooms are not cold anymore and that the air conditioner in half of the building stopped working a long time ago. Luckily, she was in one of the classrooms with an air conditioner. I wondered how this was going to work. It was the middle of the school year and replacing an entire HVAC system in a large building could take a lot of time. I wondered if they would have the kids take a few days off from school so that they could quickly and safely replace the HVAC system in the building. Some of the parents would be upset that they would have to take time off work to care for their kids in the middle of the week, if this were the case. I thought about how excited I would be if they told us that we would have to take a few days off from school in order to replace the HVAC system. When I learned that they had to close the school for a week, I knew that had to be a tough time for the teachers and parents. The HVAC system took much longer than they originally thought it would!

 

 

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Air conditioner out in my car

I realized that I haven’t driven my car in several weeks. I was out of the country and when I returned, I was quarantined at my house. I was unable to leave the house unless it was to buy essential goods. I had been working from home for many weeks before I decided to take my car out to the beach. When I got in the car, I noticed that the air conditioner on the driver side was not blowing cold air like it should be. I had this happen before. The air conditioner in my car always seems to break right before summer starts. I was so mad that this was happening. The air conditioner on the passenger side was working fine. I knew that I would have to replace the air conditioner in my car this summer. I decided that I would start a savings fund for this now. The heat is not yet unbreakable, but I knew that those months are right around the corner. I hate driving home from work and getting all sweaty. It is the worst feeling to get home from work and be in a bad mood because you are hot. My boyfriend agrees that this is the best idea. Last summer when the air conditioner in my car stopped working, we were on a 6 hour long drive and he was driving. We had to take turns in the AC because the AC on the passenger side was working just fine.

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