We are confident

I have a cabin up in the hills.  The terrain and the weather are much different those here at home.  Primarily, I bought it to be able to have my kids enjoy a get away in a place with a more classic four season environment.  The cabin is fairly primitive. There has been no HVAC to speak of in the cabin. There is a wood stove for heat in the winter.  And it can run you out of there when it gets really fired up. However, there has never been any sort of HVAC system. Now that the kids are older, the family spends quite a bit more time at the cabin in the summer.  There is a lake within walking distance and just miles of hiking trails. It really is ideal for us. However, the more we stay there, the more I’m leaning toward finding an air conditioning solution. I’m not too wild about a window A/C.  I just don’t like them and they are just so incredibly noisy. Kind of defeats the purpose of all that serenity. And, the A/C for the cabin needs to be something me and the kids can install. I’ve been looking on the internet. Believe I have found the answer.  There is a fairly new HVAC system called the mini split heating and cooling system. The mini split unit is completely ductless and doesn’t block a window. The air handler is mounted high atop an exterior wall. It’s then connected to a small condenser which is tucked up under the eaves of a house.  I’ve studied the schematics so, I feel confident my children and I can get this thing installed properly. It may take us the better part of a weekend but, I think it will be totally worth it.

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We’re cooling the house down

Growing up, our favorite place to be during the summertime time was the pool! I lived in a small home complex with our mom and our home was directly facing the community pool, but so I was able to go whenever I wanted because she was able to see me from her window; There was 1 time I remember that I was going to get ready to go to the pool because our A/C was not now working; In fact, almost everyone’s A/C was not now working. The whole home complex was experiencing some sort of black out of their Heating, Ventilation, and A/C system. The front office management said that it would take a week to repair almost everyone’s A/C system. They had to send out a whole team of Heating, Ventilation, and A/C corporations to service the whole complex in that short amount of time. So the kids in our neighborhood and I all had a blast at the pool the entire week. It was packed! The day came for the corporation to service our apartment, however he came and took about two minutes to find out what was wrong and then said that our whole building would be restored to maximum A/C potential! Let me tell you how superb it felt to have A/C in our small home again. The pool was a nice cool down, but nothing best the refreshing feeling of cool, crisp air running around you. So from then on, I continued our official pool getaways but was forever grateful for the improvements the management team made to the A/C system! Now the pool would not be so crowded on official summertime days.

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We’re grateful for the renovations

Growing up, our favorite locale to be during the summertime was the pool! I lived in a small apartment complex with our mom and our apartment was directly facing the community pool. So I was able to go whenever I wanted because she was able to see me from her window… There was 1 time I remember that I was going to get ready to go to the pool because our AC was not finally working, in fact, most people’s AC was not finally working. The whole apartment complex was experiencing some sort of black out of their HVAC system. The front office management said that it would take a month to repair most people’s AC system. They had to send out a whole team of HVAC servicemens to service the whole complex in that short amount of time. So the youngsters in our village and I all had a blast at the pool the entire week. It was packed! The day came for the serviceman to service our apartment! He came and took about several hours to find out what was wrong and then said that our whole building would be restored to maximum AC potential! Let me tell you how nice it felt to have AC in our small apartment again. The pool was a nice cool down, but nothing best the refreshing feeling of cool, crisp air running around you. So from then on, I continued our common pool getaways but was forever grateful for the improvements the management team made to the AC system… Now the pool would not be so crowded on correct summer time afternoons.

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We got a new HVAC unit

Years and years, my career dates back quite a ways.  Let’s just say I was in college when parachute pants and mullets were the only way to go.  As soon as I graduated from university, I was thrust into the business world. I would then start working in the very first office of many to come.  I like the idea of getting up, getting squared away to head somewhere else to work. The separation part of the dynamic was good for me. I was able to be finished with work mindset by the time I came home to my family.  This trait was a godsend. Now, the kids are gone but I find myself in transition. There no longer is an office to go to. Thank you corporate downsizing. I am creating an office in my home. And the first thing I’m addressing is the HVAC.  My new office will be a child’s converted bedroom. It sits on the second floor in a very exposed corner of the house. The room is steaming in the summer but ever so chilly during the winter. My first call was to the HVAC company I’ve used for all these years.  My buddy the heating and cooling pro came out to give me a great HVAC solution. His opinion is to install a separate heating and cooling system for this room. I thought he was mad until he explained. Using a mini split ductless HVAC system was the recommendation.  This is no window A/C unit. No sir, the small mini split system will maintain any temperature I choose for my new office. I ordered one right there on the spot. The HVAC guys should have it in my office within the next 3 weeks. They even said the HVAC installation won’t even take but half the day.

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I was very grateful

Growing up, our favorite site to be during the summertime was the pool! I lived in a small cabin complex with our mom as well as our cabin was directly facing the community pool, and so I was able to go whenever I wanted because he was able to see me from his window. There was a single time I remember that I was going to get ready to go to the pool because our A/C was not actually working, then in fact, everyone’s A/C was not actually working. The whole cabin complex was experiencing some sort of black out of their HVAC system. The front office management said that it would take a week to repair everyone’s A/C system. They had to send out a whole team of HVAC servicemens to service the whole complex in that short amount of time. So the kids in our neighborhood as well as I all had a blast at the pool the entire week. It was packed! The day came for the serviceman to service our apartment, and he came as well as took about two hours to find out what was wrong as well as then said that our whole building would be restored to maximum A/C potential! Let me tell you how great it felt to have A/C in our small cabin again. The pool was a nice cool down, however nothing best the refreshing feeling of cool, crisp air running around you. So from then on, I continued our familiar pool getaways however was forever grateful for the improvements the management team made to the A/C system, now the pool would not be so crowded on official Summer mornings.

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I’m feeling very cold in here

Growing up, our favorite locale to be during the summertime was the pool! I lived in a small home complex with our Dad plus our home was directly facing the community pool, and so I was able to go whenever I wanted because she was able to see me from her window! There was one time I remember that I was going to get ready to go to the pool because our AC was not laboring, and in fact, everyone’s AC was not laboring. The whole home complex was experiencing some sort of black out of their HVAC system. The front office management said that it would take a week to repair everyone’s AC system. They had to send out a whole team of HVAC workers to repair the whole complex in that short amount of time. So the youngsters in our town plus I all had a blast at the pool the entire week. It was packed! The day came for the worker to repair our apartment, but she came plus took about more than one minutes to find out what was wrong plus then said that our whole building would be restored to maximum AC potential! Let me tell you how nice it felt to have AC in our small home again. The pool was a nice cool down, but nothing best the refreshing feeling of cool, crisp air running around you. So from then on, I continued our correct pool getaways but was forever grateful for the improvements the management team made to the AC system, however now the pool would not be so crowded on respected Summer afternoons.

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No HVAC means a day off

My dad had to change his career when my mom purchased a house on the other end of the east coast and moved the two of them down south. While my mom is an HR recruiter at an HVAC company, my dad had to take a job at a factory. He used to work at a place up north that made tofu; it was a really complex system that required parts to be purchased from Italy just to keep the place in operation. Now he does the opposite. Instead of making something that’s fairly healthy and pretty intricate to process, he works at a factory that makes candy! Specifically, he works at a place that makes chocolate. He really likes the work; his co-workers are great and the place is always comfortable. The chocolate factory has to have a very strict climate control in order for the product to be made correctly. Too hot, and nothing sets right. Too cold, and the chocolate won’t pour into the molds without gunking up all of the equipment. One day when I was visiting, I woke up and he was making breakfast in the kitchen. I asked what he was doing home–he didn’t have the day off that day so I was going to go to the beach with mom. He said that work had called and was in a bit of an emergency state because their HVAC system had gone completely offline during the night. Their third shift crew had to run around to get all of the product off the floor and in as many of the cold storage units as possible–anything that didn’t fit would have to be scrapped. My dad’s crew got the day off while the HVAC contractors worked to get everything online again.

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That crisp air feels good

Growing up, my favorite place to be during the summertime was the pool! I lived in a small apartment complex with my mom and our apartment was directly facing the community pool. So I was able to go whenever I wanted because she was able to see me from her window. There was one time I remember that I was going to get ready to go to the pool because our AC was not working. In fact, everyone’s AC was not working. The whole apartment complex was experiencing some sort of black out of their HVAC system. The front office management said that it would take a week to repair everyone’s AC system. They had to send out a whole team of HVAC technicians to service the whole complex in that short amount of time. So the kids in my neighborhood and I all had a blast at the pool the entire week. It was packed! The day came for the technician to service my apartment. He came and took about two hours to find out what was wrong and then said that our whole building would be restored to maximum AC potential! Let me tell you how good it felt to have AC in our small apartment again. The pool was a nice cool down, but nothing best the refreshing feeling of cool, crisp air running around you. So from then on, I continued my usual pool getaways but was forever grateful for the improvements the management team made to the AC system. Now the pool would not be so crowded on regular summer days.

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We need better breathing air

The older I get, the more stuff I deal with.  I feel like such a loser at times. Driving at night is now something I have to really concentrate on.  A day after a long bike ride, I feel like someone is practicing some sort of weird Haitian voodoo on the entirety of my musculature.  Don’t get me started about what I can and can’t eat now. I mean what the hell? Now, the latest thing is allergies. Throughout my time, I have suffered from a bit of hay fever now and again.  But, that’s it. Now the air quality in my own home is trying to snuff me. The house is sealed up tight to maximize the HVAC efficiency. The downside of that is the air gets recycled. The air quality in my house is stale and apparently full of allergens.  I purchased a very fancy and expensive air filter to try and trap the allergens. This made a bit of a difference but not enough. I asked the HVAC business I deal with for advice on how to solve this problem. They suggested adding a whole house air purifier.  I was game. The HVAC tech came over and attached this rather small unit to the inside air handler. The air purifier uses the UV spectrum to kill just about every air contaminant known to man. I was fairly stoked to see how it would turn out. It took less than half the day to see a dramatic difference.  Suddenly, my air was fresher and I could actually breathe through my nose. It was bliss. I should have called the HVAC guys long ago because this air purifier worked wonders.

You don’t want to neglect your air conditioner

Winter can be brutal up here in the Northland.  Way up here, winter is just no joke. If you aren’t prepared, it will simply kick your butt.  As soon as I turn off the air conditioning at the end of summer, I call the HVAC guy to come out and tune up the furnace.  I do not fool around because I want that furnace on point when the temps drop precipitously. And, that’s how it happens. It gets cooler through the fall and then WHAM, the next thing you know it’s snowing.  And then, that whole routine starts up again. I go out and cover up the HVAC condenser unit to be sure the A/C is protected from the snow and ice. This is a simple detail many of my neighbors just skip. But, it is actually quite important to cover the outside A/C component through the winter.  This keeps ice and snow from sitting directly on fan blades. It also mitigates all the freezing and thawing on important parts. I have even had a large icicle fall on the condenser which could have penetrated the grill had the cover not stopped it. I add this component to the list as I do my snow patrol.  While I’m out clearing away snow and ice from the driveway and sidewalks, I zip around the house. It’s important not to allow accumulated snow and ice to just lay on the compressor cabinet. It’s equally important to be sure that when Spring comes around, the A/C is good to go.

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