It was my privilege to have lunch the other day with 8 young men. They will soon graduate high school after having studied HVACR (heating, ventilation, air conditioning, refrigeration) for the past 4 years. They are sharp, well-trained, and ready to enter the work force. During lunch, I tried to gain some insight into what makes the next generation tick. Here are some of my questions – the answers both surprised and inspired me. Why Study HVACR? This is not an easy trade. As one graduate put it, “it didn’t take me long to figure out that wherever I went, the air conditioning wasn’t working.” Yes, it’s often a hot and uncomfortable job, working in a hot
This is the beautiful time of year – cool mornings and temperate afternoons that only sometimes require us to run the air conditioners. Even so, Mother Nature can sometimes use a bit of help when it comes to keeping the home cool. Open the Windows My home has a total of 31 windows and glass doors. I am told that is a lot – certainly it is the case when it comes to keeping windows clean and the home secure. The great advantage is, I can open up and let the air blow circulate through nearly every room. There are, however, a few hot spots. When the afternoon warms up and be breeze dies, they
Building departments use the permit process to enforce local, state, and national construction codes. Building officials, often portrayed as “bad guys” who interfere with a homeowner’s privacy, actually provide a service of great value to you and your family. Protection at a Modest Price Inspectors are well-trained to fulfill their mission “to ensure the life safety and general welfare of residents, visitors, employees and the general public.” This benefit is inexpensive – typically about 2% of project cost (for the HVAC industry). Many contractors avoid the lawful permit process. We will investigate in the next few posts why you, the homeowner, should insist your contractor obtain permits as required. At Complete Comfort, our standard is 100% permit compliance. The Process
Many consider November and April to be the two nicest months in South Florida. Temperatures are mild, often accompanied by a gentle breeze. But change means rain and humidity. At lower outdoor temperatures, indoor humidity control is a challenge. Home comfort systems are designed for the heat of summer and the cold of winter. The in-between times of spring and fall are problematic. The air conditioner that removes humidity does not run in cool weather. At times, it is more comfortable outdoors than in. Here are a few solutions: Open the windows Open windows are the ultimate free solution. Ventilation is a great way to freshen up your home. Closed homes tend to concentrate pollutants (cleaning products, pet odors, and the like).
The smooth hum of the condenser unit is assurance of comfort indoors. A soft “hum” from the blower in the closet tells us the equipment is powered-up and ready for service. A quiet “whoosh” from the grille accompanies the cool air delivered to each room. But, there are a few air conditioner noises that indicate potential problems. Though listening is only a small part of the diagnostic process, an observant homeowner will catch a small problem before it becomes large. Always call Complete Comfort with your service needs and questions. We are here to serve you. Glug-Glug Water is supposed to drain unimpeded from the blower unit to the outdoors. A glug-glug noise akin to rapidly emptying a gallon water jug is