Giving back to the community: Heater maintenance at the halfway house

The entire process would take about five hours, after which the boys would enjoy quality comfort throughout the year.

I had a cousin who had issues with the law. He got in with the wrong crowd and ended p in the juvenile system. He stayed there for about three years and was released into a halfway house for further monitoring. Some halfway houses could have better appliances, and the occupants tend to scrap for comfort, especially during extreme weather conditions. When I visited my cousin in the halfway house, I noticed his state, which was terrible. He had recurring flu because of the low temperatures in the home. Though they had a heat pump, it was not efficiently functioning. My heating business had given back to the community multiple times, and I thought we would assess the system at the house to provide help with indoor comfort. I spoke to the matron, and we organized heater maintenance with our heating technicians. We established that the unit had been neglected and had developed irreversible damage over the year. The thermostat had long stopped working. Having worked as an HVAC professional in the heating industry for a long time, I knew more about heating and how to provide whole-home heating to any establishment. Since the house was government funded, procuring the funds for new heating would take a long time, so as a heating company, we donated a new unit and facilitated the heat pump installation. The entire process would take about five hours, after which the boys would enjoy quality comfort throughout the year. We also ordered a new smart thermostat from the local heating dealer. My cousin and his mates were so happy to have the comfort issue resolved. The matron at the house also thanked us as she had been putting in the request to the city council, but unfortunately, they were slow to deliver assistance.



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Amazed at the added value from the new residential HVAC

Selling a house is not an easy thing to do in any circumstance. But when it’s the first time you’ve done it after living more than 30 years in the same place, it’s a serious undertaking. Honestly, I really didn’t know where to begin. After spending many hours inside the central air conditioning of kitchen discussing the pros and cons of selling, we finally decided to sell. Thankfully, we have a great friend who is one of the best realtors in this region. It was just so nice that we were able to trust someone considering that we really didn’t know where to start or what to do. The first thing our friend did was walk through pointing out all the great things inside our house. That is a very professional and respectful way to start that process. Because before long, we had to get down to what needed to be changed. One of those things was obviously replacing the residential HVAC. This was not a shock to either my wife or I considering that HVAC unit was original equipment when we bought the house. Actually, my wife and I had the heating and cooling equipment installed just after buying the house. So the fact that we got more than 30 years out of that HVAC unit is remarkable. But so much of that credit goes to the HVAC company and consistent HVAC maintenance. I will say that I was stunned by what new residential HVAC and the latest in HVAC technology was able to do for the value of our home. We got so much more then we thought we were going to get for our home and a lot of that is due to the HVAC equipment upgrade.


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Late night HVAC problem could have been avoided altogether

Being scared awake in the middle of the night is not my idea of a good time.

And being scared awake by my gas furnace shutting down was even worse.

But perhaps the worst thing of all is that this heating problem shouldn’t have happened at all had I done what I was supposed to do. I think that was the thing that made me more furious than anything else. But anytime I get yanked out of my bed in fear, I’m not going to be happy. When I heard the big bang come from the basement, it nearly lifted me out of the bed. I had a feeling that it was the gas furnace but I was sure of it once I got about halfway down the stairs. I could smell a sort of hot metal odor that had a bit of an acrid component to it. It was in the single digits outside so the idea that we could get by on space heaters until morning was out of the question. All that was left to do was make the dreaded phone call for emergency HVAC service. There was no way I was going to subject my family nor the water pipes to sub freezing temperatures. The HVAC technician was able to get there fairly quickly and made short work of the repair. Of course, I was prepared for the stiff bill that comes with a late night HVAC repair. However, the real kick in the teeth was when the HVAC professional told me that had I gotten the heating maintenance done, none of this would have happened. Well, I’m not forgetting again. The very next day I signed up for the HVAC service plan.

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Getting my exercise inside perfect quality heating and air

More often than not, I tend to be one of those people who can just not see the answer to a challenge even when it’s right in front of my face. So the fact that it took me so long to get out of the poor heating and cooling of the gym isn’t all that surprising. All those years of dealing with poor commercial HVAC at my gym was sort of a necessary evil in my mind. I work inside the zone controlled HVAC of an office downtown. But I live an hour away in a small, rural town. This is by choice and I’m lucky that I work remotely from the central air conditioning of my house quite often. Still, I have to commute at least a few times each week. But living in a small town didn’t give me all that many options when it came to a gym. It was either the fancy country club that I couldn’t afford or the gym with the not so great heating and cooling. I didn’t want to join a gym in the city because I wasn’t there enough. And I didn’t want to leave the gym with the bad commercial HVAC because I needed the exercise. I dealt with that situation far longer than I really should have. The whole time, the answer was right in front of me. When it finally dawned on me, I got right to putting in a home gym. I was able to find plenty of used equipment at a ridiculous price. I even took care of the quality heating and air situation by having a ductless heat pump installed.


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This is my time of year when it comes to the HVAC

It’s so great not to dread this time of year any longer.

When we lived up north, at least Christmas was a bit of a distraction from all the cold.

But once we passed the holiday season, the snow, ice and brutally low temperatures could not be ignored. Thankfully, the house we lived in had really good HVAC equipment. The gas furnace did a great job all the way up until we actually decided to move. So we upgraded the gas furnace prior to putting the house on the market. We were able to put our house on the market because I was offered early retirement. The company decided that it needed to downsize and cut salaries. That meant I was in line to cash in on my retirement plan with very little penalty. But it still wasn’t easy leaving the zone controlled HVAC of that office. I had spent all of my career inside that commercial HVAC. But it was certainly worth it given the fact that I was gifted nearly a decade of extra retirement. Once we sold the house, we set out for the south where there would be no need for a gas furnace. I can do without a white Christmas and all that stuff. I can do without all of that because I so enjoy the fact that winter comes with wonderful weather down here. While we may get a cold snap here and there, the heat pump pretty much stays dormant through the winter. But of course, the other side of that coin is the fact that we need air conditioning for up to 8 months a year. Still, I’d rather deal with the heat of summer than the deep cold of a northern winter.

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