I wish I had a portable A/C system for my son’s games

I really wish that I had a portable air conditioning system for all of my son’s outdoor ball games.

You just never know what you’re going to get when it comes to the weather around here.

Sometimes during the late summer, the temperatures are really cold, but then again, you get those weird summer nights when the cool wind blows in and you’re sitting there in your shorts and flip flops and you are freezing till the end of the game! Usually, though, for me, it’s the opposite. I am very hot natured and I don’t really enjoy the summer temperatures that much at all. I love it when the weather starts cooling off and the fall blows in. However, in the summer, I still have to go to a lot of baseball games and it is very hot out there on the baseball fields where there are no trees to give you any shade at all! All summer long, I sit there watching the games and waiting until my son takes his turn on the bench so that I can run to my car and get in and crank up the A/C for an inning or so. I take cooling towels with me to put on my neck during the game, but a cooling towel is really no replacement for air conditioning. I really wish that I had some sort of portable A/C device to take with me to all of my son’s games. That would make the summer temperatures much easier to take, in my opinion!

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The upstairs of our house is always super hot

We have central air conditioning in our house and the downstairs is always nice and cool during the summertime.

When we turn the thermostat down so that the air conditioning will come on, it never fails to do its job.

It seems like no matter how high the temperatures get outside during the summer or how humid and sunny it is, our A/C is always there to cool us down. That’s always a blessing to us, since we work outside most of the time and there’s nothing better than coming inside to some nice cool air conditioning and TV after being out in the hot sun working all day long. We’ve never had a problem with the central A/C in our house until the last couple of years, and it’s still not a problem when we’re downstairs. However, when we go upstairs to go to bed at night, we have started to notice that the upstairs of the house is always super hot. It’s like the cooling air from the central air conditioning just can’t make it upstairs to cool the second floor down. That’s an issue for us, because we all like sleeping where it’s cool and all of the bedrooms are on the second floor! Of course, I don’t want to have to put in window unit air conditioners upstairs when we have a perfectly good central air conditioning system cooling down the rest of the house. I guess I am going to have to call our local HVAC business to see what they would recommend.

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I think when we reopen we will be even better than before

We had to close down our family’s pizza restaurant when all of the shutdowns happened back in April, and it has really been a tough few months for everyone in my family! When you own a family business like we do, your whole life tends to revolve around it.

We all love our business, and we really love our customers, too.

One of the things that we always prided ourselves on, other than our pizza and customer service, of course, was our indoor air quality! I know that probably sounds a little bit silly, but most of the other pizza places around here are alway very hot and stuffy inside and it really always smells like onions in their dining rooms! It’s not like that at our restaurant. We always make sure to have our air filters replaced when they need it and we also have our heating and cooling system checked out and maintained at least twice each year. We have a commercial HVAC company here in town that we love doing business with and while we were shut down, we had them come out and do some work for us. It’s going to be a big surprise to our regular customers. While we were closed, we had our HVAC company install a wood burning fireplace in our dining room to improve the ambiance! I think it’s going to be amazing. It will take our restaurant to a whole new level as far as being a place to bring a romantic date for an evening. I’m very excited to reopen soon.

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We won a raffle that our local HVAC company was having

I couldn’t believe that I won but I was really happy that I did.

I have never won a single thing in my entire life, but a few weeks ago, our local HVAC company was selling raffle tickets. The winner of the raffle was going to win a brand new central air conditioning system and since I had an extra couple of bucks in my pocket, I thought I would go ahead and give it a shot to see what happened. Well, shock of shocks, I ended up winning! I was so surprised when they called to tell me that I was the grand prize winner for the annual HVAC raffle. You could have knocked me over with a feather. I couldn’t believe that I won but I was really happy that I did. I made an appointment with the HVAC company to get my brand new central air conditioning installed and boy, was I excited about it! When I found out that I won, it was at the very beginning of the summer and the weather was just heating up. The A/C that I had in my house at that point was almost non existent. There was a terribly old central A/C unit in the basement that looked like it had been in the house for a century or even more than that. So obviously, I was happy to find out that I was getting ready to get a brand new A/C installation done just before the summer started! When they came out to install the A/C system for me, I was ready to throw a party because I was so excited to be getting a cooling system that would actually work!

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If you have trouble with your A/C, make sure you check your thermostat first

If you happen to be having trouble with your air conditioning system, make sure that you check your thermostat for problems before you call an HVAC technician.

  • If you don’t, then you might end up like I did and feel like a big dummy.

It’s been a really hot summer here and we have been running the air conditioning all summer long. The cooling bills have been really high this summer and I was pretty sick of paying them by about halfway through July, honestly. Of course, the temperatures haven’t gone down one bit since then, but my A/C stopped working correctly. I just feel like that’s my luck these days. For me, it seems like if I didn’t have bad luck, then I wouldn’t have any luck at all. I couldn’t believe that my A/C stopped working but sure enough, the temperature in the house was going up higher and higher all of a sudden. I was so mad at this point in the summer that I couldn’t even see straight. I didn’t even bother with checking anything out because the weather outside was so hot that it was basically unbearable. I went ahead and called our local heating and cooling company so I could get my central A/C fixed. The HVAC technician came out the very next day and it didn’t take him too long at all to get the house cooling down again. It turned out that the only thing that was wrong with my A/C was the fact that my thermostat needed some new batteries!

 

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Back when I was in high school, I constantly worried about the temperature

Back when I was going to high school in the southern part of the country, I was constantly worried about what the temperature was going to be. You could go from freezing in the mornings and needing a heater and a sweater to burning up in the afternoons and dreaming of some A/C! I just never felt like I was going to be comfortable when I was at school, no matter what. I worried about being too cold because then I would have goose bumps all over me and my teeth would be chattering while I was in class. They certainly didn’t turn the furnace system on in the school buildings on those late summer mornings, that’s for sure. That’s because the maintenance guys at the school knew that right after lunch on most of those days, the sun would come shining in through the windows on the western side of the school, and the place would start heating up just like an oven. Most of the classrooms weren’t equipped with an air conditioning system back then, either. We were all just stuck in there sweating and trying not to fall asleep after lunch while we were in class. It was a difficult situation. As a teenage girl, I was always worried about what I was going to wear anyway. The constantly changing temperatures certainly did not help matters when I was in school! My parents always told me to dress in layers, but when you’re trying your best to look cool, you really wish for more continuity from the outside elements.

 

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My husband works on the top floor

My husband has recently been promoted to a higher position at his workplace.

  • He worked for a long time to get to this position and he’s pretty excited about his new responsibilities at work.

He thinks that he’s going to be able to do great things with the company and that he will probably move really far up on the corporate ladder now that he’s gotten a good start! When they moved his office up to the top floor, he thought that everything was going to be great up there. But on the first day that he was in his new office, he noticed a real problem involving the heating and cooling system upstairs. Since heat rises and it was the middle of winter when he moved offices, his office was hotter than any of the other offices. I guess being on the top floor has its disadvantages too. He said that he closed off the heating vents in his office, but that didn’t seem to help very much. He said that by the end of his first day in the new office, he was sweating like crazy and he had peeled off most of his clothing. He said that he bet the temperature in the office was in the eighties and he just couldn’t stand it. He asked the maintenance office if they could turn the temperature down but they told him that the thermostat settings are set by the owners of the building and that no one else in the building was complaining except him. I hope he’s not going to be miserable up there!

 

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If you need to hire an HVAC technician, make sure they are good at communicating

If you are ever in the situation where you need to hire an HVAC technician to repair your heating and cooling system, make sure that they are good at communication.

That doesn’t really seem as if it would be that important in an HVAC technician, I know.

But the fact of the matter is that if you don’t know what your HVAC technician is working on, what he is fixing, and how much it is going to cost you, you might end up in a bad situation. This is what happened to my sister when they were working on renovating their HVAC system last summer. Their heating and cooling system had been on the blink for quite a while and they finally decided that they were just going to replace the whole thing at once. They decided to go with a newer HVAC business that had recently opened up in their area. It didn’t have very many customer reviews, and they regretted their decision almost immediately. My sister told me that the HVAC technician who came out to their house was almost like a caveman because all he ever did to communicate with them was grunt. She said that the whole time he was doing the new HVAC installation, he barely ever said a word. When she asked him questions, he wouldn’t even answer her. Then, when they were done and the new furnace and A/C system were up and running, they got their bill in the mail. Their bill from the HVAC company was nearly a third higher than they thought it was going to be! When she called to complain, the lady at the office said that the HVAC technician should have explained all of the extra fees.

 

 

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If you’re going to run a woodworking shop, you need a great HVAC system

My dad and I are starting up our own woodworking shop.

We are really good at making bowls, plates, and spoons.

But we are planning on expanding and pretty soon, we are hoping to be able to make custom made furniture, banisters, and mantelpieces! I think we are going to have the greatest time making all of this custom made wood creations in our very own woodworking shop. The only thing that is stopping us now is the lack of a great HVAC system in our shop location. We are going to have to invest in a really great commercial grade heating and cooling system for our woodworking shop. We need to be able to sand things and run our saws all the time without wondering about the indoor air quality situation that results from all of the sawdust and grit and dust that comes along with the woodworking profession. The HVAC system that is currently in the shop is probably good enough for a residential home or even a regular business, but it’s definitely not going to be able to do the trick once we start working there on a daily basis. I think that we are going to need to install a new HVAC system along with a high quality air purification system. If we get an air purification system and some really good air filters, we won’t ever have to worry about the indoor air quality in our woodworking shop. From what I’ve read, whole home or business air purification systems are amazing. They should be able to get rid of all of the sawdust and grit that we can whip up!

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This zoo needs lots of air conditioning

If there’s one thing that we all know about polar bears, it’s that they like to live in a cold climate.

When you bring polar bears to a warm climate, you have to make concessions for their well being if you want them to be able to thrive.

That means using a whole lot of air conditioning to keep them cool and healthy. I work at the zoo part time, and I’m in charge of the HVAC system in the arctic zone part of the zoo. That’s where they have the polar bears and seals and certain kinds of birds and walruses. As soon as I go into work every day, I go over and check the thermostat system to make sure that the temperature is set correctly. If it’s just a few degrees hotter than it should be, then it would really be bad for the polar bears’ health. One day a few weeks ago, when I went into work, I noticed that it was really hot inside the main view area where people go in to see the polar bears. As I stood there looking at the polar bear swimming in the viewing pool area, I noticed that the room was heating up more and more. That’s when I realized that there must be an issue with the air conditioning system in the polar bear area. I ran down to check it out and sure enough, the commercial air conditioning system system that does all the cooling for the polar bears wasn’t running at all. Thank goodness I was able to get the commercial HVAC company on the phone right away so they could come and fix everything for the polar bears!

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