Efficient air conditioning at a good price

I program it so the temperature rises during the day and goes down in the evening, before bed.

Getting a good deal is something I’m keen on. I love getting my money’s worth on something that’s practical. That’s how it is with my car. It might not be much to look at but it’s dependable, gets great gas mileage, and I’ve gotten my money’s worth. I feel the same about my HVAC equipment. Where we live, the heating and air conditioning is a heat pump. Winters are mild and don’t require much heat. However, we sure need the air conditioning during our sizzling hot summers! So, I truly want to get the best value on my air conditioning, which includes an inspection in the spring. Having a professional perform essential repairs ensures it will operate efficiently. From there, it’s up to me. You can’t just set the temperature low and walk away. That’s wasterful. I program it so the temperature rises during the day and goes down in the evening, before bed. We have a comfortable, cool apartment to sleep in. It’s not rocket science, but it does take some attention to get the most out of your HVAC in the summer. And doing it in a way that doesn’t cost myself and others a ton of cash is a wonderful value as well.


Winter preparations are important, especially with heating and cooling

I’d rather be over-prepared than caught with my head face-planted in snow when severe winter weather hits.

That’s the thought that motivates me when preparing for the season, before it comes.

Our winters are long and filled with snow. That means it’s too late to deal with heat issues once the bottom falls out of the thermometer. So, I work over the summer and fall in order to be ready when the winter weather comes for six months. We have a wonderful reliable gas furnace that keeps our home piping hot. Of course, I have the heating and air conditioning professionals come out to inspect it before winter. If, for some reason, there was something amiss with the gas furnace, I would want time to get it fixed before having to rush. The gas furnace provides solid performance for us. We also have a supplemental heating source that serves as back-up. It’s an old, natural source of heating – a wood stove that helps to heat our home and is there in case of a power outage. I even have a hard plastic shell that goes over the HVAC cabinet for the air conditioning. This keeps falling ice and the weight of snow off the HVAC’s delicate parts and fan.

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Healthy air with help from the heating & air conditioning

Enjoying clean indoor air was just part of the deal, or so I thought. In my mind, the air was clean because it was inside a clean apartment and not next to a smoke-belching factory. That’s how little I knew about indoor air quality and HVAC systems. That was part of my problem. I really thought the air filter was cleaning the air for us. What else is an air filter for? I found out last year that my ideas about air quality are far off. Heating and cooling systems play a significant role in cleaning indoor air, but not how I thought. The first thing learned was that the air filter I was using with the HVAC was not cleaning the air. The style of air filter I was using was only there to protect the equipment. To have an air filter that cleans the air, I had to buy a HEPA filter. Then I learned just how important indoor air levels are to our health. That, too, was a shock. But clean indoor air is so important to our overall health, our respiratory health and immune systems. I was amazed that I could improve on these things with a small change to the HVAC system. I’m happy to pay more for a HEPA filter that provides indoor air that is good for health.

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After our HVAC professional retired, his replacement was horrible

I never had any complaints with our HVAC company until recently.

Our last HVAC professional who was amazing decided to retire.

We thought his replacement would be just as good since our HVAC company had a fairly decent reputation. Well, the new guy was terrible. First of all, he smoked cigars because you could always smell that heavy tobacco smoke on him. Also, it was easy to smell alcohol on his breath all the time and he was rude and disrespectful. After the first few times he came to work on our HVAC equipment, we ended up complaining about what was going on with this guy. The worst part is that the HVAC company didn’t bother to fire the guy. They said they would provide some sort of disciplinary action, but it seemed they did nothing because they told us he would not give us any more problems the next time he came to work on our HVAC system. There was no way we were going to let that guy in our home again and so we switched to another HVAC company with a better reputation. It’s funny because the guy even asked us about enrolling into an HVAC service plan. He was basically calling us morons for not going for it and we couldn’t stand this guy. Like we were going to let somebody bully us into a contract with somebody we didn’t want to work with. I hope the guys at the next HVAC company are way better or we will have to go seeking yet again for a new HVAC company.

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