Many home­own­ers don’t think about their HVAC sys­tem unless it’s hav­ing issues. How­ever, it’s one of the most essen­tial ele­ments of a home. A prop­erly func­tion­ing HVAC sys­tem can keep a house cool dur­ing the hottest days of sum­mer, and can keep the tem­per­a­ture warm through­out the cold win­ter months. Any­one who owns or man­ages a prop­erty should make the care of their HVAC sys­tem a pri­or­ity. An excel­lent way to take care of a HVAC sys­tem is to enlist the aid of cer­ti­fied HVAC technicians.

Peo­ple in Cincin­nati who work with an HVAC pro­fes­sional will expe­ri­ence a num­ber of ben­e­fits. For exam­ple, it’s likely that the air qual­ity of their home will improve. HVAC com­pa­nies can send air qual­ity spe­cial­ists to exam­ine a prop­erty. From there, they can exam­ine both the HVAC and fil­ters to see what they can do to make the air qual­ity bet­ter. Issues that are caus­ing the air qual­ity to drop can be fixed in a fast and effi­cient manner.

Another ben­e­fit to work­ing with a HVAC tech­ni­cian is that they can make a sys­tem run far more effi­ciently. This will lead to lower util­ity bills. The cost of energy is steadily ris­ing, and util­ity bills are ris­ing along with them. This makes it all the more impor­tant for prop­erty own­ers to find ways to cut costs. If a HVAC sys­tem begins to run poorly, the issue can be inves­ti­gated by a tech­ni­cian right away. Most of the time they’ll be able to find and fix the issue right away, mak­ing this an afford­able and prac­ti­cal repair.

Although hav­ing a tech­ni­cian exam­ine a HVAC sys­tem reg­u­larly can help keep the sys­tem in good shape, it’s still pos­si­ble that the sys­tem will stop work­ing entirely. This will mean that emer­gency HVAC ser­vices are required. When­ever the HVAC sys­tem isn’t func­tion­ing as it should, you should con­tact HVAC tech­ni­cians. If it is indeed an emer­gency sit­u­a­tion, some­one will be able to come out very quickly. Most of the time, the prob­lem can be resolved then and there, which means the HVAC sys­tem will once again be run­ning as it should.

The cost of work­ing with an HVAC instal­la­tion ser­vice in New Rich­mond, Wis­con­sin is far out­weighed by the ben­e­fits that can be incurred. In fact, the reduced energy costs may save money. It’s vital to keep a HVAC sys­tem in good shape, and work­ing with a tech­ni­cian will help any home­owner do that.

Heat­ing and cool­ing units con­sist of a vari­ety of indi­vid­ual parts, just like any other mechan­i­cal equip­ment. Wear and tear of these parts is to be expected, and even­tu­ally, at some point they will stop work­ing all together. How­ever, instead of wait­ing until your air con­di­tion­ing and cool­ing unit stops work­ing com­pletely, it’s advis­able to carry out main­te­nance and repairs reg­u­larly. Reg­u­lar HVAC main­te­nance will keep your AC unit run­ning bet­ter for longer. Here are a few tips for keep­ing your HVAC sys­tem in good con­di­tion and work­ing well.

Chang­ing the Air Filter

If your air fil­ter gets clogged and dirty, your cool­ing unit will be con­sum­ing a lot of elec­tric­ity. This, of course, means an increase in the amount you are pay­ing on your power bill. In fact, a dirty fil­ter can increase energy con­sump­tion by 15 per­cent, accord­ing to the Depart­ment of Energy. To avoid this, reg­u­larly check you HVAC air fil­ter, and change it when needed. You should con­duct an air con­di­tion­ing sys­tem inspec­tion and change the air fil­ter at least once a month dur­ing the sum­mer months as rec­om­mended by the ASE (The Alliance to Save Energy).

The Lubri­ca­tion of Mov­ing Parts

Keep­ing mov­ing parts lubri­cated will help to reduce fric­tion and will increase the over­all effi­ciency of your HVAC unit. Parts that should be lubri­cated include the motor and fan belt. If you con­sider a dry fan belt that already has cracks, you can see how it would ulti­mately fall apart, and could also cause dam­age to other com­po­nents in the system.

Check­ing Exhaust Outlets

Heat­ing inspec­tion of units that sup­ply heat to your home, is very impor­tant. The first step is to exam­ine the exhaust out­lets to check if there are any signs of cor­ro­sion or back draft­ing. This is vital because if these are not work­ing cor­rectly, the unit could start divert­ing dan­ger­ous gases like car­bon monox­ide into your home instead of out­doors. You should then also care­fully exam­ine the fuel lin­ers, burn­ers and heat exchanges. In order to reduce the chances of fire or explo­sion, it’s vital to replace leaky fuel lines.

Check­ing Elec­tri­cal Connections

Short cir­cuits could be caused by loose elec­tri­cal con­nec­tions. This could prove fatal to any­one who may come into con­tact with sur­faces of the cool­ing or heat­ing unit that has short cir­cuited. Your cool­ing and heat­ing unit will not be oper­at­ing effi­ciently if there are elec­tri­cal faults like this. The chances of com­po­nent fail­ure are also increased with short cir­cuits. It is impor­tant to hire a pro­fes­sional HVAC tech­ni­cian in Bartlett, IL, unless you have the exper­tise, to diag­nose and repair elec­tri­cal faults your­self. Doing it your­self with­out the right exper­tise can be fatal.


Check­ing the Con­den­sate Drain

Con­den­sa­tion drains are a part of fur­naces and air con­di­tion­ers. Some­times these drains get clogged by debris, and this cases them to cease per­form­ing effi­ciently. For this rea­son you need to check the drain, and remove any debris you see that is block­ing it.

Fur­naces and cool­ing units need reg­u­lar main­te­nance. This will mean lower oper­at­ing costs as well as improved effi­ciency. Check­ing the con­den­sa­tion drain, lubri­cat­ing mov­ing parts, chang­ing the air fil­ter and check­ing elec­tri­cal con­nec­tions are all main­te­nance tips to bear in mind to keep your equip­ment work­ing effi­ciently and cost effectively.

Get­ting on stage and singing in front of a few hun­dred peo­ple. It’s not some­thing most peo­ple would feel com­fort­able doing. It was most cer­tainly ques­tioned by my friends and fam­ily when I, a shy, quiet, intro­vert, decided I wanted to do that very thing. I even ques­tioned it myself. I have extreme stage fright, but any­one who has seen my band Corvus play would never know it. I hide it well. I always have.

In school, I got very high marks and related and befriended my teach­ers more than my peers. This led to my teach­ers mak­ing me be the one to read out loud to the class, admin­is­ter the re-take test to my class­mates and give presentations…and I loathed it. I was def­i­nitely an out­cast in school, with my shy, quiet demeanor being taken as being a jerk. The only time I’d really talk was if I was given one of these tasks by a teacher.

I was also very much into ath­let­ics when I was younger, excelling at bas­ket­ball. This is where the idea of a band entered my head. The team work. I was the leader of the teams I played on. I would change, and be very vocal, almost a dif­fer­ent per­son. Even though I led the teams, I very much under­stood, I couldn’t do it with­out my team­mates. Every­one had a role to play, and when I was approached by a team­mate who was learn­ing to play drums, to give the gui­tar a try, I was hooked from the first time we ran through a Metal­lica song. What was sup­posed to be me being a gui­tar player in the cor­ner, evolved into the front man I am today.

My friend got tired of play­ing Metal­lica, so he said I needed to write orig­i­nals. I loved to write short sto­ries, so I took on the chal­lenge and started writ­ing music. That wasn’t good enough. He wanted vocals. The group we had didn’t have any­one who was will­ing to sing, but I was so addicted to play­ing music, I stepped up out of fear of los­ing this fun “hobby”. I was awful at singing, but I liked it, espe­cially craft­ing melodies to lyrics. It was then I had to face my biggest fear. They wanted to play live. I wanted to stay in the garage.

That first show was a night­mare. Our bass player didn’t learn the songs so I had to take bass duties and vocals. I must have got­ten sick five times before we played. I wore a hole in the floor with all my pac­ing. Our gui­tarist stopped in the mid­dle of a song because he messed up, scream­ing loudly, alert­ing the only two bar flies of our exis­tence, not count­ing the five friends we got to go watch­ing us, in my opin­ion, make fools of our­selves. After all of that, I was even more sold on this idea. Our five friends loved it. That whole team men­tal­ity kicked in and brought all of us together even more, and we learned a lot from that first performance.

After hun­dreds of shows since that first per­for­mance, I still get ner­vous when I take the stage. My hands shake, I feel nau­seous and I pace all over the place. Once the lights dim, and that first note to our sta­ple opener “One Man Army” kicks in, Clark Kent becomes Super­man. I tell myself, “I’m the one on stage and who peo­ple are here to see”. It’s my job to give every­one a great, enter­tain­ing show. I have an amaz­ing band up there with me, who are more than likely, just as ner­vous as I am. They’re my friends, my fam­ily, and they trust me to lead them up on stage. I’m get­ting to do what I love with the peo­ple I love. That makes all those fears melt away.

After the per­for­mance, I go back to being the shy kid from all those years ago, not believ­ing all those peo­ple enjoyed what we’d done. It’s the best part though, and worth all the “stage fright” symp­toms. Get­ting to meet the fans is the great­est thing about our job. So if you see Corvus for the first time, and I seem like a ball of testos­terone on stage, I am. Off stage though, I’m a quiet, shy guy who loves what he does, so come say hi and I’ll tell you some really crazy show sto­ries that don’t involve my strange change to get over my stage fright.

Brock Brown is the lead vocal­ist for Ari­zona metal band Corvus. They have toured nation­ally with Trapt, Mush­room­head, Amer­i­can Head Charge and Hed P.E., and just com­pleted a tour with Wayne Sta­tic of Sta­tic X. They’ve recorded 6 full-length albums in 5 years, the most recent “Never For­get” was released Jan­u­ary 2013.

You can con­nect with David and the rest of Corvus at

A Fickle Wind

by Guest Author on July 19, 2014 · 0 comments

A Fickle Wind Cover

A book, which turned out to be A FICKLE WIND, has been float­ing around in my head for years. I started to share my time with a part­ner who lived on Van­cou­ver Island. Life was so much less hec­tic there than in my San Fran­cisco home city that it seemed like an ideal place to pur­sue my dream to become an author. I was quite amazed at how quickly I was able to move through the inte­gra­tion of per­sonal expe­ri­ences with those shared with me by my cousins and some inti­mate women friends. I made few notes and no drafts. I changed names and, to keep things straight, did have to record what I had named whom.

I worked vig­or­ously for about four months, but not daily and not to the exclu­sion of every­thing else in our lives, and pro­duced four­teen chap­ters. I had reached this point when we had house­guests and I took a two-week break. My woman friend asked to read what I had writ­ten, was most encour­ag­ing, and said she couldn’t wait to read the rest. Two days after they left, my part­ner became ill which resulted in my not work­ing on the book for about eigh­teen months. Not because he con­tin­ued to be sick but because we returned to San Fran­cisco and other activ­i­ties took prece­dence. I was con­stantly urged by my friend to con­tinue to write but had def­i­nitely started to won­der if I would be able to fin­ish the book with the same enthu­si­asm as before. When I finally returned to it I was quite relieved to find that I still had the same flow, and com­pleted it in about another four months.

But then, for me, the dif­fi­cult part began. What I expe­ri­enced with the first print­ing com­pany I engaged almost had me can­cel the whole project. The draft book I was sent con­tained six errors. There were a few half lines, a few uneven pages — noth­ing much. Notes were made and emailed to my con­tact. Then started the rounds of pdf files. I had expected the errors would be cor­rected and we would be good to go. No!! At least ten new errors appeared. These were cor­rected. This was a process that con­tin­ued, seem­ingly, ad infini­tum — many more new errors and cor­rec­tions by me — until, at round twelve, I called a halt, can­celled my con­tract, and lost most of my money.

I dreaded start­ing all over with another printer but I was for­tu­nate enough to find an excel­lent com­pany in 1106 Design, in Ari­zona. Almost the first thing I was told was that my cover, which I had com­mis­sion a friend to paint, would not be suit­able. They directed me to Shut­ter­stock to select pho­tographs that appealed to me as most cov­ers are designed in this way. They worked with me until I was happy with the new cover, which I absolutely love, and lived up to their word that they would pro­duce a book for me of which I would be proud. And I couldn’t be hap­pier! Moral of this story: Be very care­ful whom you entrust to turn your man­u­script into your trea­sured book. My first attempt was a night­mare. My sec­ond, a pleasure.

About the Author:

Eliz­a­beth Bourne left Eng­land as a young woman and now divides her time between Cal­i­for­nia and Canada. Travel is still an impor­tant pri­or­ity but she also enjoys par­tic­i­pat­ing in fam­ily life with her two daugh­ters and her grand­chil­dren. The seed to write was planted many years ago but it was not until recently, when Bourne had the unin­ter­rupted time to devote to it, that she decided to ful­fill her long-time ambi­tion to be a writer.  A Fickle Wind is her debut novel.

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