It’s hard to manage a large crew

Every time those guys have to work together on a project, I worry there is going to be an issue

A couple of months ago, my boss offered me a promotion and a raise. I honestly thought he was going to fire me when he wrote me an email asking me to come to his office at the end of the day. At the time, I was very excited about the prospect of a new job. The raise made it possible for my family and I to put a pool in the backyard and the promotion was a nice thing to add to my resume. This is my first time ever managing a large crew of men and women. I have a group of 20 certified and independent HVAC contractors on my crew right now. We are working on several commercial projects for one particular builder. The builder is putting up apartments and homes in several cities that are close by and we are handling all of the HVAC work. We will be putting in all of the ductwork, air conditioners, furnaces, and ventilation work. Anything that has to do with the HVAC system will be our responsibility. So far things have been pretty good, but a couple of guys got into an argument last weekend. I don’t think that the problem has been resolved. Every time those guys have to work together on a project, I worry there is going to be an issue. I warned both of the guys that they have to put their HVAC contract work at the top of the priority list. I have a list of contractors waiting to get on the jobsite if anything goes wrong.

air quality

The allergens can bother both of us

There are still a lot of allergens inside of the house that bother my wife and I such as dust, dirt, mildew, and pet dander, but at least we can control the moisture and that helps us control the indoor air quality

There are a lot of allergens inside of the house that can cause a reaction such as sneezing, coughing, or a runny nose. One big problem that can occur inside of your house is mold. Mold can occur in the area around the kitchen, bathroom, and laundry. There are a lot of ways to reduce mold in that area. One thing you can do is to buy a dehumidifier. A dehumidifier is a special machine that extracts moisture from the air. The moisture is usually deposited in a reservoir. Some large dehumidifiers have a hose that allows the moisture to slowly drain from the machine. I thought it would be a good idea to buy a dehumidifier. I bought one from a hardware store just down the road from the restaurant I like to visit for dinner. The hardware store was having a 30% off sale for all of the large and major appliances. Dehumidifiers were included in the 30% off sale. The dehumidifier works great in the laundry area and the Machine is portable so I can move it all over the house. There are still a lot of allergens inside of the house that bother my wife and I such as dust, dirt, mildew, and pet dander, but at least we can control the moisture and that helps us control the indoor air quality. Getting rid of some of the excess moisture inside of the house also helps the heating and air conditioning system work more efficiently. When the HVAC unit is more efficient I save money and get a longer life out of the machinery.

 

zone control

The last place had zone controlled HVAC

It’s just the most decadent time for me.

To others, it entirely seems like another modest, boring family vacation.

But for me, it’s the height of indulging my appetites. This is not something that I do undoubtedly often. I’ve found that structure and discipline win the morning when it comes to achieving what I want to achieve. I spend a lot of tense, stressful hours inside the zone controlled HVAC of the office. I have found that getting plenty of exercise, healthy food and fantastic rest is essential to being my best at what I do. And I’m not interested in anything but my best when I’m inside the commercial HVAC of my office. I’m different when I’m not working as I enjoy relaxing and just enjoy my off hours. However, that does not allow me to just indulge the way I might want to. That goes for the air conditioning setting and my strict bedtime. But breaking the rules is what vacation is all about for me. Again, this might be lame to other people but ordering anything I want off of a menu for 2 weeks straight is a little slice of heaven. It’s also charming to be able to stay in a vacation rental instead of a hotel room. I enjoy staying in vacation rentals because of the residential HVAC. The last place we stayed even had zone controlled HVAC like we do in the office. My wife and I had a control unit in the master dining room all on our own. I can promise you that I cranked that cooling the whole time I was on vacation. That’s so not in character for me when I’m at home as the control unit setting is not negotiable. That’s so we do not rack up sizable heating and cooling costs. I just love vacation.
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Outside of the central A/C and into nature

We call it the lodge because that’s what my dad called it.

And he was the one who helped his grandpa build it.

So maybe it was my great grandpa who came up with calling it the lodge. All the men in my family were hunters for generations. and so having a place that you could go hunting was undoubtedly super important to the men in my family. When I was a kid, my dad would take me up there for deer hunting. It was great to be outside of the central air conditioning of our home and out in nature. However, I just wasn’t all that into the idea of killing such beautiful animals. Of course, my dad explained to me that I eat something that was killed almost every day, then death was part of our reality and that goes with hunting. Still, I left the air conditioning of house less and less the older I became. When dad died, I inherited the lodge and initially thought I would just sell it. However, having 30 acres of pristine land undoubtedly offered me pause for thought. Additionally, I had children of my own who I wanted to experience the lodge with. But the lodge needed a whole lot of renovations to make that happen. We started by adding residential HVAC to that space. The HVAC professionals installed 3 ductless heat pumps in that lodge. It’s a large structure and I’m impressed with how well the ductless heat pumps give the heating and cooling we need. Once we placed the residential HVAC, we turned our attention to other new conveniences like wi-fi and replaced dining room appliances, now the lodge is anywhere my whole family blows to get-together to celebrate being in nature.
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Cold from the A/C in the hospital

I always thought I was sort of bulletproof until it was proven that I wasn’t.

  • I went from over confident to completely humbled due to a devastating injury due to an automobile accident.

One moment I was changing the air conditioning in my automobile on a leisurely drive down the interstate and the next, I was waking up in a hospital. And talking about a lot of air conditioning, I remember just being cold in the hospital room. I asked if they could turn down the control unit and they just brought me blankets. Apparently, they keep the cooling at a maximum to limit the spread of bacteria and viruses. That’s good enough for me because once I got home, my control unit was undoubtedly looking after me. I live alone so I had to rely on friends and family to help me out getting to the nurse or to physical therapy. For weeks, I didn’t even have the ability to cook my own food. It was a long recovery process. But the smart control unit I had installed by the HVAC professionals proved to be a vital addition to my house. At least I didn’t need help with the control unit setting. During my recovery, I was in bed a lot and experienced every increasing sensitivity to temperature. Thanks to the app on my phone, I could remotely change the control unit setting from bed or the couch. It sounds like such a small detail but that undoubtedly was something that I celebrated. It might not have been much but looking after my own heating and cooling needs was just this small piece of independence that I clung to.

 

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I could do better about paying attention to the HVAC in my home

It seems as though I could do better about paying attention to the heating and cooling in my house.

Well really, it’s more cooling than it is the heating.

In fact, I think I’ve heard the heat pump come on for heating maybe a half dozen times all winter. Now that it’s late January, I don’t imagine I’ll hear the heat pump come on for heating again. In this region, spring comes early and the temperatures rise. For my spouse, it’s a sad time because she enjoys the mild temperatures in the winter. She’s from up north and is accustomed to winters that require a gas furnace to survive. When she moved down here, she fell in love with the weather eight weeks of the year. But she is chased inside all day during the summer weeks. That’s not the case for me. While it can wear me down a bit, I like being outside in the garden during the summer. Yet, I also have to be far more careful about gardening around the HVAC device alongside the house. I nearly choked out the heat pump last summer. I think I was getting a bit too hot as I was not paying close attention to what I was doing. Somehow, it seemed like the right idea to throw the tarp I had to toss stuff on as I was weeding the flower beds out there. I just wanted it to dry off in the sunshine while I went in for dinner. I didn’t even think about the air flow restriction this would cause. Fortunately, my spouse saw what I was doing and stopped me before I completely choked out the HVAC equipment.
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Call to the HVAC supplier

It’s February and I’m not sure that I’m going to make it to spring.

  • Where I come from, February is when the first indicator of spring happens.

I come from the south and we see pollen dusting our cars and stuff outside during February. That was always when my dad would make the call to the HVAC supplier. The heat pump would have been pretty dormant all winter. So dad always made sure that we got an air conditioning tune up before we needed a bunch of air conditioning. I used to complain so much about the heat and humidity we had to deal with. Now, I can’t believe I ever opened my mouth about the weather where I come from. I’m just trying to survive the winter time up here without losing my mind. I can’t go anywhere. I go from the furnace heating of my cabin to the commercial HVAC of the office and that’s it. I don’t want to be exposed to the cold any longer than that. Shoot, I don’t even enjoy opening the door when I order a pizza. And I have a space furnace stashed underneath my desk so I don’t freeze inside the commercial HVAC at my desk. Thankfully, I bought a home that had a new gas furnace. This was all because of my awesome realtor who made sure that new residential HVAC was happening. She even went so far to have a guy come out and winterize the home for me. So while I’m hating this kind of winter, at least the new gas furnace keeps me pretty toasty inside my house.

 

 

furnace/heater service

At least there was a new gas furnace

She even went so far to have a guy come out and winterize the house for me

It’s February and I’m not for sure that I’m going to make to spring. Where I come from, February is the when the first indicator of spring happens. I come from the south and we see pollen dusting our cars and stuff outside during February. That was always when my dad would make the call to the HVAC company. The heat pump would have been pretty dormant all winter. So dad always made sure that we got a an air conditioning tune up before we needed a bunch of air conditioning. I used to complain so much about the heat and humidity we had to deal with. Now, I can’t believe I ever opened my mouth about the weather where I come from. I’m just trying to survive the winter up here without losing my mind. I can’t go anywhere. I go from the gas furnace heating of my house to the commercial HVAC of the office and that’s it. I don’t want to be exposed to the cold any longer than that. Shoot, I don’t even like opening the door when I order a pizza. And I have a space heater stashed underneath my desk so I don’t freeze inside the commercial HVAC at my desk. Thankfully, I bought a house that had a new gas furnace. This was all because of my awesome realtor who made sure that new residential HVAC was happening. She even went so far to have a guy come out and winterize the house for me. So while I’m hating this kind of winter, at least the new gas furnace keeps me pretty toasty inside my house.

hot water boiler

No cooling from the air ducts

Learning how to deal with your limitations is just as important as maximizing your strengths.

That’s true in just about every facet of life, and but it’s not always a straight-forward thing to do, and it’s particularly hard to see, accept and adapt to your limitations if you can’t see them, but clearly, when it came to the HVAC unit, I wasn’t paying attention to the reality of my limitations.

I’ve been interested in machines since I was little. I’d take broken stuff and slip out of the central air conditioning to the basement where I had a sort of workbench. There, I would carefully dismantle the broken item in order to understand how it went together. I followed that passion and am now working as an engineer, but while I have a lot of training and fantastic mechanical understanding, I have my limitations. For one, I’m not a trained, licensed and certified HVAC professional and I think this. But when I came home to find a heat pump running but no cooling coming from the air ducts, I decided to solve the problem. And that’s the way I come at things, yet, I also think that you simply can’t solve problems without the correct tools. I absolutely didn’t have the correct training or actual tools to diagnose and repair the residential HVAC. Still, I persisted until I ended up shutting down the entire HVAC unit. That’s when I finally called the HVAC supplier for assistance. And that’s when I found out that my messing around had voided the warranty on my HVAC equipment.

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I wasn’t sure if I would enjoy the commercial HVAC again

It’s been an undoubtedly interesting few years.

Of course, I imagine that has been the case for all the people in business.

The pandemic, ensuing financial problems and now inflation has kept my supplier practices evolving. But I think I’m lucky that I work for a business that is of a size that can stay nimble for changes. That was never more the case than when we were sent house to work from the central air conditioning of our homes. I wasn’t so sure that I’d see the inside of my office and enjoy the commercial HVAC of that building again. I just didn’t think if I would survive or if the supplier would be able to hang on. It was absolutely all hands on deck that summer of 2020. For me, I had to serve purchasers. And I couldn’t always do that from the air conditioning comfort of an online meeting hundreds of miles away. I needed to be careful for sure but I also needed to get to our purchasers. Even though airlines kept strict mask mandates and HEPA filters, the supplier said no flying. So those in my position just packed up the car, put the air conditioning on high and hit the long, hot interstate. That’s the only method of travel we had open to us at the time. It worked out though because our supplier was nimble enough to get to our purchasers and we even gained market share during the worst of the global health crisis. At the end of each morning that summer, I always knew just where to find the most consistent lodging. It was always the mid tier hotels off the interstate that had the ancient university wall air conditioning units.

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