I love football, and I used to get season tickets every year and attend every game. The professional team that plays in my city, however, has an outdoor stadium. The weather in this part of the country is very severe, ranging from extreme heat to bitter cold. I have been subjected to rain, snow, freezing rain, humidity, and subzero temperatures. I have had beer spilled on me, paid a fortune for a disgusting hot dog, and waited in line for over half an hour to use the bathroom. I finally decided that I would much rather watch the games from the comfort of my home. I like having control over the thermostat, and access to the bathroom and my refrigerator. I now watch the games dressed in my pajamas, and eat my favorite snacks. I have a state-of-the-art HVAC system, which I can access through my smartphone. I don’t even need to get up off the couch or miss a second of the game to bump the temperature up or down. I typically run the air conditioner in the early part of the season, when the weather is hot and humid. By the end of the season, there’s snow on the ground and temperature is well below freezing, so I turn up my furnace. I am always perfectly comfortable, and I get to watch replays, listen to the play-by-play, and even pause the actions while I fix my snacks. When the weather outside is terrible, and I’m curled up on the couch watching the football game, I’m so happy to have the benefit of my HVAC system.
Last July, I decided that it would be really romantic to go on a picnic with my boyfriend. I planned out everything carefully, and bought all of the supplies. I bought an enormous picnic basket and filled it with all sorts of delicious foods. I made homemade sandwiches, lemonade, and cookies. I cut up cheese and crackers and bought a bottle of wine. I packed a big blanket, plates, napkins, and wine goblets. I even went out and bought a pair of kites, because it sounded like such fun. I wanted our picnic to be as romantic as the ones I’ve seen in the movies. I failed to consider that movie couples don’t deal with weather conditions and bugs. We drove to our scenic location in an air conditioned vehicle, so I didn’t notice that the outside temperature was in the nineties and humid. By the time we set up our picnic, I really wanted to be back inside that air conditioned car. I was sweating profusely, swatting at flies, and trying to brush the ants off the blanket. Just when I thought it couldn’t get any worse, the sky clouded up and it started to rain. My boyfriend and I grabbed everything and ran straight back to the car. We ended up having our picnic in the backseat of the car, with the air conditioner running on the full blast. Because of the air conditioner, it was very pleasant inside the car. I loved the sound of the rain, and didn’t even mind that all of the food was wet and soggy. From now on, I will always have my picnics inside, where I can control the thermostat.
During my last year of college, some friends and I rented a seedy little house, because we wanted to get out of the dorms. We were looking for a place that was cheap, offered parking, and was located near campus. The house we rented had water stains on the ceilings, cracks in the walls, and windows that were painted shut. Every time I plugged something in, I worried about burning the place down. We didn’t dare cook in the oven, because it filled the house with smoke. We couldn’t store anything in the freezer, because it wouldn’t stay cold. When it rained really hard, we had to set up pots and pans to catch all of the leaks. Although the entire place was falling apart, the roof was definitely the worst of it. Every morning, there was a fresh batch of shingles all over the lawn. During the winter, when there was several feet of snow piled on the roof, I worried that it would collapse. The icicles hanging from the overhang would grow to be over six feet long. In the spring, we got hit with a really terrible thunderstorm. It rained really hard and the wind was brutal. We had containers set up to catch the multitude of drips. In the middle of the night, a tree in the backyard fell over and landed on our roof. Thankfully, no one was hurt, but we ended up with a gaping hole above us. We called the landlord right away, and he promised to get the roof fixed within the next couple of days. He did manage to secure a plastic tarp over the hole, but he never replaced the roof. When we moved out in June, there was still giant tree on top of the house.
My absolute favorite day of the year is Thanksgiving. I love getting to spend time with my family, and of course, eat tons of food. Thanksgiving festivities are always held at my parent’s house, which is a few miles away from my own. This year I gathered my husband and our kids and headed out to my parent’s house. I spent the day helping my mom cook mashed potatoes and make stuffing while my husband worked on making the pumpkin and pecan pies. About two hours into our visit, though, the air conditioning stopped working. We live in a southern part of the country that doesn’t really cool off until December, so it was still pretty hot outside. Not only that, but the oven had been on since the night before, causing the house to become extremely warm. Immediately we all panicked. My dad went out around the side of the house to try to fix the air conditioner, but he had no luck. Exhausted and overheated, my parents decided to call our local HVAC company to see if they could send anyone out to fix this today. Unfortunately, they were swamped with similar calls, so they wouldn’t be able to come out until the next day. We all knew we couldn’t stay inside my parent’s’ oven of a house, so my mom had the bright idea of moving the Thanksgiving festivities to my house. I wasn’t pleased about this because I hadn’t left the house in shape for guests. We ended up having a lovely Thanksgiving, but next year I plan on scheduling a maintenance appointment with my parent’s HVAC provider before the holidays to avoid mishaps like this.
My father and I have been going on roadtrips to my grandma’s house ever since I was a little girl and they’ve been the highlight of my summer. When I would get out of school in June we would pack up the car and head to the southwest. The drive took three long days, so we were always excited to check into our hotel room for the night. On the second day of our drive this year, we picked a random hotel off the interstate and to our luck they had a vacancy. The wind that day was particularly brutal, kicking up a huge amount of red dust that got in our eyes and made the summer heat seem even hotter. Our drive had been impaired by the dust so we were exhausted by the time we got to our room. As soon as we stepped inside I began looking for the thermostat in order to turn the air conditioner on full blast to give us some relief from the desert’s wind. Unfortunately, the second I turned the air conditioning on it began to blow out hot air along with the same red dust that was wreaking havoc outside. When my dad and I explained our problem to the management, they switched us to a different room. Thankfully, this room had a properly functioning HVAC unit. I hadn’t realized how important air conditioning was until we were stuck without a working one. I spent a lot of that afternoon sweating, but being able to bask in the cool refreshment of our new air conditioned room made everything better.
Do you struggle with issues concerning your indoor air quality? Does someone in your home suffer from allergies or asthma? If so, it may be time to consider installing a whole home air filtration system. This type of system integrates with your HVAC system, and can be a more expensive option, but it has many benefits that portable air purifiers don’t offer. Filtration systems that are part of your HVAC system will remove allergens and other debris from the air before pushing it through every room in your entire home, so it is very efficient. It is also much quieter than a portable unit. The only noise you’ll hear is that same noise created when your air conditioner or heater turns on. Typically, an HVAC system will recirculate air through the home five to seven times. This means that all the air in your home with get multiple passes through the filtration system each day, resulting in cleaner air for your family to breathe. Also, the same dust and debris that harm your air quality, can also damage your HVAC system. It can get into the compressor causing it to work harder to maintain the same level of comfort. You will be using more energy and put more stress on your system. All this will result in higher utility bills and can end up costing you more in repairs over time. A whole home air filtration system will not only greatly improve your indoor air quality so your family will breathe easier, but it will also help to keep your system running efficiently.
Last night was my best friend’s birthday, and we celebrated it at our beach house. We had invited about thirty people, and just about everyone said that they would be there. We decorated the lanai with a lot of balloons and flowers and it looked really festive. I had all the food prepared by a local caterer, and they were also going to do all the setup and clean up, so we could just relax and enjoy the evening. We had even hired a bartender, which turned out to be a great idea. Everyone loved it. We had the bar set up at one end of the lanai, and it turned out to be the most popular spot. It was a really warm night, but it wasn’t too bad on the lanai, as we had several fans blowing and for a while anyways, there was a nice breeze. We all went down to the beach to watch a magnificent sunset, and then the full moon began to shine brightly. When we came back up to the house, it felt so hot out on the lanai. The breeze had stopped and even with the fans, we were all sticky and sweaty. We stayed out there for a little while, but then little by little, everyone was wandering into the house. The air conditioning was running full blast, and it felt so good to cool down in there. So, that’s where the party ended up, with everyone standing around in the nice, cool kitchen. The only reason anyone went back outside, was to get a drink from the bartender.