Do you often think of your heating and cooling unit?

Here’s a question I have for all of you.

How often do you think of your heating and air conditioning system? Depending on the person, the answer is going to vary but I would say that most people probably don’t think of their heating and air conditioning system too much until it becomes something you cannot ignore.

As someone who’s worked as a heating and cooling technician, I see far too many people that don’t even think about their heating and air conditioning unit until it breaks down. This a common mistake, and if you want to do what’s best for your heating and air conditioning system you’ll have it serviced as soon as you start to notice any sign of an issue. Even better, have it serviced in tuned up before there are any issues. Doing so can prevent any potential problems from happening in the future. I know that there are a lot of people out there that never even think of their heating and AC system at all until it is broken down. This is the wrong way to do things, here’s how you should properly take care of your heating and air conditioning system. For starters, have your heating and AC system tuned up every 6 months. I know it is something most people don’t want to hear because they see it as an unnecessary expense, but trust me when I say it goes a long way in the future. If you can catch a problem in the early stages it can save a lot of money down the road on what would otherwise have been an expensive repair.

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How a HVAC unit can make or break a home

Did you know that your heating and cooling system can make or break a home? It is true.

It is because when you’re going to buy a home every single asset of that home can either increase or decrease the value.

So if you have a very old and outdated heating and cooling system that doesn’t work very well, obviously that isn’t going to add much value to the house, if anything it’s going to be a hindrance because this means it’s going to need to be upgraded and replaced with something more modern. However, on the flip side if you have a very nice heating and cooling system that adds a lot of value to the home and that’s something that’s going to really help make the value go up. When my husband and I were looking to buy our first house, we didn’t even bother to think of the heating and air conditioning system. You were focusing more on the aesthetics of the interior and outside of the house. The house had many great selling points but heating and air conditioning wasn’t one of them. We learned this the hard way when we purchased this house and moved in, and it took us very long to discover that the heating and air conditioning system was in bad shape and that if we wanted quality heat and cooling we were going to have to have it replaced. Luckily, we had already prepared for having to have some repairs done and so we did have the money to completely replace the entire HVAC system.

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What a perfect day looks like

I believe that everybody has their own idea of what a perfect day looks like but let me explain to you what my idea of a perfect day is.

I have always been an outdoors person so for me a perfect day is being able to be outdoors, with a good meal and enjoying some good sunshine.

Recently, I have been staying in my house a lot. Even though summer is one of my favorite months even for me it has been too hot to go outside. This is because of how hot the weather has been. It has been scorching out there and it doesn’t seem like there is anybody that can go outside right now without risking cooking in the sun. So it was a big relief when the weather finally cooled down a bit so I could get back outdoors. I love my air conditioner and all, and I’m thankful to have it but I was tired of being inside stuck in the air conditioning when I could be outside enjoying the sun. I’d love to sit outside in the sun, with a bowl of fruit on my lap, sunglasses on my face, and just enjoy the warm weather. The weather needs to be cool enough to where it isn’t too hot, but warm enough to where it isn’t too cold. I feel like there are very few days that come in a lifetime that are truly what I would consider to be perfect days. Where you have good food, good weather, and are just having a good time in general. For days when the weather isn’t good, I always have my heating and air conditioning system and it never lets me down.

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My HVAC unit was clogged

If you ask me, there’s nothing worse than having a clogged heating and air conditioning unit.

  • However, this is what happened to me the other day.

It was just a normal day for me and I went to turn on the AC in the home because it was getting a bit hot in the house. But when I went and turned the dial on my dial thermostat I noticed that nothing happened. I was confused by this so I contacted a heating and air conditioning worker to come out and take a look at what the issue was, Heating and cooling technician arrived. He took a good look at my heating and air conditioning unit and told me that my heating and AC system was clogged. Asked me when was the last time that I had used my heating and air conditioning system and I told him I hadn’t used it for a few days. He told me the problem was that my heating and air conditioning system was badly clogged from a bunch of branches and debris from outside. He explained to me that as soon as the clog was removed my heating and air conditioning system would be back to normal in no time. This Heating and Cooling worker then spent the next several hours removing the clog. I knew what the clock had come from and it had come from the rainstorm we had a few days ago. During this rain storm we had some pretty heavy winds and that probably is what knocked all these branches into the heating and air conditioning system. Thankfully the HVAC guy was able to remove the clock without any issue.

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There was nothing wrong with my air conditioning system

He went over to the thermostat on the wall that he discovered the problem I was having all along

Within the past week I’ve been noticing that my heating and cooling system had been acting strangely and so doing what anybody would do I decided to contact my nearest air conditioning and heating supplier and see if they could send somebody out to come and take a look at it. It didn’t take very long before the HVAC business sent somebody in to have them come out and see what was wrong with my heating and cooling system. For the last two days I went without any air conditioning system at all because I couldn’t get my air conditioning unit to turn on. It was horrible because of how hot the weather had been. It was so hot that it needed to hurt me to be able to stay in my house without any kind of air conditioning system but I was able to endure it. Once the HVAC company got here, an air conditioning technician went straight to work trying to diagnose the issue. After looking at it for over an hour he came back and told me that there was nothing wrong with it. It took him so long because he was checking every single thing to make sure that there was nothing that he could have been missing. After looking for so long he was certain that there was nothing wrong with my heating or cooling system. He went over to the thermostat on the wall that he discovered the problem I was having all along. The thermostat wasn’t even on! Had forgotten to turn on my thermostat and that is why my heating and air conditioning system wasn’t working. I was thoroughly embarrassed after the incident.

 

 

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I never changed my air filters

When I first moved into my apartment I loved how clean my indoor air quality was. Every time you would walk in there it was like taking a breath of fresh air. However, this didn’t last and I noticed that gradually over time the indoor air quality was degrading. I can never figure out why but I knew that it was getting worse and I didn’t want my indoor air quality to continue to be this way. Then one summer came along I noticed that my air conditioning unit had started making some strange noises and so I was going to have a service by a cooling professional. So I contacted the building maintenance and they sent out a heating and AC guy to come and take a look at it. When the heating and air conditioning guy came over to my place he then asked me when what’s the last time that I changed my air filter? I stood there dumbfounded for a second at his question. I hate to admit it but I was confused. I asked him to clarify what he meant and he repeated again if I had to change my air filter recently? That is when I had to confess that I hadn’t changed my air filter at all, and not only had I not changed it but I didn’t know that I was supposed to change my air filter. I could tell that this HVAC technician found the fact that I didn’t know this clearly obvious part of heating and cooling maintenance to be funny. He then showed me how to change the air filter and gave me a new air filter for free. Surprisingly, after the air filter was changed my indoor air quality problems went away. That’s when my brain was finally able to connect the dots between the two issues. Now I change my air filter every 3 months as they recommend.

 

 

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Moving somewhere warmer

While I know that there are some people in the United States that live in a terribly hot climate, at least people normally can’t wait to leave these hot climates as soon as possible, I have the exact opposite problem.

I would love to have a little bit of heat, because where I live it’s cold all year round. We have maybe 3 weeks of the summer time to wear the temperatures to rise to the 80s, and then after that it’s all cold again. I have been saving up money to move somewhere colder because I’m tired of worrying about freezing all the time. Entirely reliant on my gas furnace which is the only thing that can reliably get me through the winter. If my gas furnace was supposed to die in the middle of the winter I don’t know what I’d do. I know I wouldn’t be able to stay at my house that’s for sure and I’d have to call emergency HVAC services to have them come out and repair it. If you don’t know, emergency HVAC services aren’t cheap and so I tried to do my best to avoid the situation from happening forever by having my furnace serviced and tuned up every 6 months. I would much prefer to live in a neutral climate. Moving into a neutral climate is exactly what I’m going to do, I just need a little bit more time to get money saved up and then I’m going to start looking for places. I’m not entirely sure where I’m going to be moving yet but I know it’s not going to be anywhere close to here. On the bright side, I do have a backup in the worst case scenario. A small space heater that I can use in case my furnace dies, but still I’d rather not have to deal with the cold at all.

 

 

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The heat is killing everything

For the past 6 months I’ve been saving money to move to a new town.

I’m so tired of living where I’m at right now. It is hot all the time. I’m talking 24/7 heat. Even the winter is here and it’s getting in the 60s at the lowest. I just don’t know how my phone, where I can take it, the heat is killing everything. Just last week there was somebody that died from a heat stroke on the news. While this doesn’t affect me personally, in my opinion this just goes to show how bad the heat is. However it isn’t just that, I have a wonderful garden that I left to tend to. I’ve always had a bit of a green thumb and I love growing plants and being responsible for where my own food comes from. I think it’s not only much more ethical, but much healthier too because if it’s homegrown it’s going to be chemical free. Unfortunately, my garden which was previously thriving is now dying. It is dying because of this darn heat. Nothing can stand the heat and my plants are withering away. I hate to see all my hard work going down the drain. As if that wasn’t bad enough, the one and only thing that is keeping myself from cooking in the sun is my air conditioning system. A wonderful high tech cooling unit that I have had for three years now. Guess what the heat is killing now? If you guessed my air conditioning system, you guessed correctly. The summer heat this month completely destroyed my air conditioning system. The amount of repairs I had to pay to have it fixed was ridiculous. Even the heating and cooling worker said that the heat is cutting the lifespan of all the air conditioning systems in half. No amount of tune-ups or upgrades is going to fix this. It’s just too hot. I can’t wait to leave.

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Smart thermostats are amazing technology

I guess I’m a little bit late when it comes to jumping on the bandwagon but I just now got a smart thermostat.

I can remember a couple of years ago everybody being obsessed with them.

They’re not super new technology but the local heating and air conditioning company was having a sale on all their smart and programmable thermostat systems and so people from all over the city were flooding the HVAC store to get their hands on one. At the time, I didn’t really understand why because as far as I was concerned I was happy with my dial thermostat. Why do you need something so fancy anyways? It’s not like a dial thermostat does its job much different than that of a smart thermostat. After all, don’t they both just do essentially the same thing, which is just tell your heating and AC unit what temperature to be at? Well as I would soon find out it’s actually much more complicated than this. There are many reasons to get a smart thermostat, but the main reason that people seem to get them seems to be either for convenience, or because they want to save money on their heating and air conditioning bills. There are many pros to owning a smart thermostat and this is something that I only discovered recently. So finally, 2 years after everybody else I got myself a smart thermostat and replaced my dial thermostat with my new programmable one. Unfortunately, because I didn’t get what it was on sale I had to pay full price. But considering what I’m getting it was worth it.

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Have you tried a UV light filter?

Have you ever tried a UV light filter before? If you haven’t used the UV light filter I would highly recommend that you try one.

  • They’re great if you’re having any kind of indoor air quality issues in your home.

If you’re anything like me you might have been having indoor air quality issues for quite some time but just weren’t sure what would work well for your home. This was the exact situation I was in only a year ago. Unfortunately, the area I live in has heavily polluted air and so the indoor air quality is bad even with a good air conditioning and heating system. I knew that it wasn’t healthy for me and my kids to continue to live in an environment like this and I wanted to move but until I could afford to move I knew I needed a temporary solution. This is where the UV light filter came into play. With a UV light filter it will kill all the germs and bacteria on the contact. I had tried using an indoor air purifier beforehand but this did not work for me so I knew that I had to go and give something else to try if I wanted to improve my indoor air quality. I took a lot of calling around to different heating and air conditioning companies before I finally found my solution. Play field service was perfect because it was expensive and easy to install. It simply attached to my HVAC system and started working right away. I’m still not happy with the place that I live in but this is a good temporary solution until I can afford to move.

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