Grow operations need proper ventilation and indoor climate control

My best friend in college was fascinated with agriculture.

His college major was officially in botany, but he took a variety of classes related to horticulture in general.

While I was busy studying writing and taking humanities classes, he was in some of the hardest classes on campus in the natural sciences building. Since we were roommates for the first two years of undergrad, I often saw pages from his textbooks. I don’t know how he managed to make all of that complicated science look easy. Especially classes like theoretical physics and organic chemistry, both of which he passed with final grades over 90%. When we reached our senior years of college, our school required us to write a senior thesis. While my thesis was about meta-ethics in contemporary philosophy, he was writing about horticultural techniques needed to improve growing practices in the cannabis industry. It was an impressive senior thesis, even for the natural sciences program. He ended up graduating with a botany degree and immediately went to go work for a cannabis growing company. He was tasked with finding more efficient ventilation practices to improve indoor growing conditions. Aside from air quality control, there’s also the issue of indoor temperatures. You don’t want the plants to be too cold during their growing cycle, but you can’t use too much indoor heat either. It’s a fine balance with HVAC use during the cannabis cultivation process. After he successfully modified the growing facility’s air control system, he was given a promotion and started training under one of the master growers. If he ever needs to switch careers, he has experience in commercial HVAC now.

 

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Radiant heated roof saves our butt in winter

Luckily, we installed a smart thermostat and radiant heating throughout the house several years ago

When my great-great-grandparents built their own house up in the Northwoods of Wisconsin I know that they never could have anticipated how times would change. In their lifetimes, technology really kicked into gear. Everything is completely different now than when my family was first settling into the country and trying to find their way. As such, I am happy to report that taking care of the old house my great-great-grandparents built has gotten a lot easier since they have passed. Back in the day, the ice cold winter season would regularly drop so much snow at a time that the roof had to be shoveled. If they did not shovel the sturdy roof of the house that they built, the snow was likely to get so heavy that it would cave in. Obviously, my great-great-grandparents would have been crushed by the weight of the snow, if not frozen by the brutally cold air. Today, we are lucky that there are modern heating and cooling solutions to take care of this unpleasant shoveling chore. We all live too far away from the old family home to make the dangerous winter trek on a regular basis. Luckily, we installed a smart thermostat and radiant heating throughout the house several years ago. Specifically, we installed radiant heated floors under the roofing tiles. Now, whenever a huge winter storm is about to blow through the area, we can easily clear the roof using the smart thermostat from hundreds of miles away. Staying in the warmth and safety of my own home sure beats trying to shovel a bitterly cold roof all season.

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He couldn’t turn down a deal – car with no HVAC

Inevitably, he would wind up with another car that had no working heating or cooling system

Whenever I think about my dad, I think about collecting a lot of worthless items. He was a bit of a thrifty fellow who insisted that he was always on the hunt for a good deal. I completely understand the thrill of finding something valuable for next to nothing. However, at a certain point you have to realize that you don’t have any more space for all of these supposed treasures you find. This was especially true when it came to purchasing vehicles. My dad was obsessed with picking up cars that seemed like they were set at a cheap asking price. Unfortunately, he didn’t necessarily make sure that the car worked properly. This is how he wound up with a whole yard full of random vehicles that were half operable. For instance, I know that about half of them only could be utilized in the spring and fall Seasons because they had no on-board heating and cooling system. If he saw a car on the road he would buy it before even testing out the thermostat controls and making sure that both of the heating and cooling systems were in working order. As such, he got a lot of unpleasant surprises when the air temperature changed and he had no working furnace or air conditioning in his car. Then, he would scoot the vehicle to his junkyard and go searching for another deal. Inevitably, he would wind up with another car that had no working heating or cooling system. When I turned sixteen and my dad offered to give me one of his old vehicles… I thought about the heating and air conditioning situation and quickly passed.
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I can’t get an air purifier

Last March I was getting really into cooking.

I started looking up recipes online and buying all the fancy ingredients.

In particular I really started enjoying cooking seafood. I loved experimenting with different rubs and oils on the fish and then baking it. I found that for scallops and shrimp, pan frying the meal is way better. The smell of seafood cooking is kind of gross though. It would shoot up into my ductwork and then get dispersed room to room. My whole house would reek of fish and be lingering in my air quality for days. Burning a candle, cleaning the house and room sprays did nothing. I then found online that an air purification system can remove icky smells from the IAQ. I called up my local HVAC business and started talking to a HVAC contractor about what to get. I was just deciding on what brand when COVID hit. Everything shut down and I had to wait on buying my air purification system. I thought it would be a temporary thing. My HVAC company ended up being closed for a few months. Once they opened back up, tons of people bought air cleaners in a panic. There were none left for me. It has almost been a year now and I still can’t get my hands on a good air purification unit. I have been dealing with icky smells this whole time. I don’t want to buy a crappy one, but the virus isn’t going anywhere and people are buying all the good ones. It is very frustrating.

 

 

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I was afraid of losing my favorite store

After a really bad tornado ripped through our area, I was incredibly glad that my home and family are still in one piece.

It seemed like most of the damages happened outside of my area.

However, my happiness was short lived when I found out that my favorite HVAC store was damaged! Most people would tell me to move on and find another HVAC place, but they don’t understand. This HVAC business was owned by a good friend of mine, we have known each other for years, and I was his “special” customer. Most HVAC corporations are completely overpriced, and his store was the only store that kept decent prices, although he also always gave me a discount because we are good friends. So I couldn’t move on so easily without being concerned for my friend first. Luckily, I found out that he was just fine, and that he was going to be opening his HVAC business up again, but since there was so much damage, it was going to have to be closed for awhile for repairs. I was so glad to hear this, because I was afraid I was going to lose my favorite store, and in the process, potentially my good friend. Until his store opens back up, I guess I will have to hope that my air conditioning unit and heater can go a while without any help. My friend always helped me whenever I had issues with my heating and cooling components. Thankfully, my HVAC device is of very good quality, so I think it will be just fine.

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I ended up leaving hotel early

I do a lot of traveling for my job, and because of this, I am constantly staying at hotels.

My job generally pays for the hotels I get to stay at, and they are often really nice 4 or 5 star hotels. Really nice stuff. Which is why, when I pulled up to this junky looking 2 star hotel, I had to check my navigation again to make sure I was at the right place. Yep, I was. I couldn’t believe my eyes at the horribleness of this hotel. I called my boss and asked about this awful hotel, and he told me it was the closest to where my new work location was going to be, and that it was only temporarily. I decided that he was right, and it was only temporarily, so I could deal with an ugly hotel for a little while. I checked into the hotel, and it was even worse than I thought. One of the first sights I saw was a giant roach on the wall, that alone was almost enough to make me want to sleep in my car. It didn’t help that this place was shady and in the middle of nowhere. I went into my room and was hit with a wave of heat. It was boiling hot in that room! I fumbled with the heating and cooling system, but the heater refused to turn off! I complained about it at the desk, but the receptionist merely shrugged. The air conditioning unit was also incredibly noisy. Then to top it off, when I pulled back the covers, there were a variety of different stains on the white sheet. That’s it. Between the HVAC system and everything else wrong with this hotel, I decided I was sleeping in my car tonight.

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My new restaurant has one fatal flaw

Ever since I was a child, I dreamed of owning my own restaurant.

I had a ton of recipes in mind that I always wanted to try out, and add to this dream restaurant of mine.

As I grew older, I practiced creating all of these recipes, most of which were just as good as I imagined them to be. I began to take steps to create my dream, and eventually I bought my own building, and bam, my restaurant was brought to life. I had it painted and decorated like I saw in my imaginary vision, and watching it come to life was magical to say the least. I was able to open my restaurant a month and a half later, and watch people come filling through the doors. We were starting out slow, but that was to be expected. However, when the numbers stayed low, I grew concerned. I began to see my customers leaving early, and that sent me into a panic, because my restaurant was going down fast. However, it was what one customer said before leaving that caught my attention. He yelled “It feels like a furnace in here, let’s get out of here!” I knew my restaurant felt a little hot, but I didn’t think it was that bad. I never installed a HVAC machine in my restaurant, I guess I underestimated how important heating and cooling really was. I immediately called a local HVAC company and made an appointment for one of their HVAC repairman to install a new air conditioner and heating unit.

 

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No idea where to go from here

I really should have taken the saying “It’s too good to be true” to heart. I am currently in college, and badly trying to scrape up every penny if I can. Unfortunately, the apartment I live in has the worst A/C and heating on planet Earth. I constantly call the landlord and have him send out a HVAC technician, but no matter what, it always ends up breaking sooner or later without fail. I was tired of dealing with a sweaty humid apartment, so I started looking into alternatives. This is when I learned about the mini split ductless A/C. I read how it can still cool and heat your home, just like a proper central air conditioning unit would. The ductless A/C was everything I was looking for, but I almost jumped out of my skin when I looked at their average price. I couldn’t afford that! I was immediately disappointed, because the ductless HVAC sounded like the solution to all of my problems. Then I got the idea to look at a few different websites to see if there were any individuals selling one of the mini cooling systems, rather than a company. To my happiness, there was! Someone was selling an almost brand new, only used one HVAC system. It was $200 dollars cheaper than most of them, and I immediately met the person and bought it. I should have known that it was too good to be true, because when I went home and opened my new A/C box it was filled with heavy rocks.

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Heating for the leaders

Political leaders in our state were particularly competitive and they consistently seemed to make it to the news, but i was interning as a parliamentary assistant at the time when the leaders were debating on new policies for the schools around the state, and the debate had gone on for about 3 seatings and they did not seem to be getting somewhere with the matter. They needed to come to a conclusion about the pending law so that the president could sign it into law. The a/c method that was fitted in the parliament building was the dual fuel method which had been installed over 20 years ago. The building director had made sure to system periodic repair services on the machine with the help of the cooling tech from the cooling corporation, but since the machine was a combination of a gas furnace plus an electric heater, it was important to properly check on the heating equipment to ensure that they functioned optimally! On this particular afternoon, however, the heat pump had a leak and was overworking causing the temperature in the parliament chambers to rise dangerously. The indoor comfort was changing resulting in the postponement of the session to the following week. The building directors contracted engineers who knew more about a/c to check on the unit. The engineer suggested the two of us change up the old method for new heating units such as the zoned Heating and A/C system. They fit the machine ensuring that the duct sealing was respectfully done to avoid leaks, and a space furnace was also obtained to serve the parliamentary clerk’s office. A request to fit radiant floors in the building was denied as the machine was particularly costly and unnecessary for this building. The politicians were back within a week and finally concluded the bill.

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politicians

They fit the machine ensuring that the duct sealing was respectfully done to avoid leaks, but an area furnace was also purchased to serve the parliamentary clerk’s office

Political leaders in our state were absolutely competitive plus they always seemed to make it to the news, i was interning as a parliamentary assistant at the time when the leaders were debating on modern policies for the schools around the state, however the debate had gone on for about 3 seatings plus they did not seem to be getting anywhere with the matter. They needed to come to a conclusion about the pending law so that the president could sign it into law. The air conditioning system plan that was fitted in the parliament building was the dual fuel plan which had been installed over 20 years ago. The building manager had made sure to plan periodic service services on the machine with the help of the cooling tech from the cooling corporation… Since the machine was a combination of a gas gas furnace plus an electric heater, it was pressing to respectfully check on the heating equipment to ensure that they functioned optimally, and on this certain afternoon, however, the heat pump had a leak plus was over now working causing the temperature in the parliament chambers to rise dangerously. The indoor comfort was changing resulting in the postponement of the session to the following week. The building managers contracted engineers who knew more about the air conditioning system to check on the unit. The engineer commanded all of us to change up the outdated plan for modern heating units such as the zoned Heating, Ventilation, plus A/C system. They fit the machine ensuring that the duct sealing was respectfully done to avoid leaks, but an area furnace was also purchased to serve the parliamentary clerk’s office. A request to fit radiant floors in the building was denied as the machine was absolutely costly plus unnecessary for this building. The politicians were back within a month plus finally concluded the bill.

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