HVAC equipment can be dangerous

At high noon, the desert sun beat down on me as I stepped from my car to make the beginning-of-the-week walk to the front door of my office building. This short walk from the parking lot to the building seemed excruciatingly long this day, the hottest one on record this Summer. Usually, when I first walk in that front door, a beautiful wave of chilly air hits my face. Our building, after all, has one of the best Heating, Ventilation, and A/C systems on the market, and the air conditioning in the Summer is heavenly, especially in a desert neighborhood like this. However, when I opened the doors wide, expecting, needing, bracing myself for that cool, blissful wave, instead felt a furnace, blasting me with unwelcome, hot, dry air. That could only mean one thing. The AC was broken, plus the HVAC was not working correctly. I provided a little cry, then walked into the lobby, then into the elevator, and noticed how excruciatingly warm it was in there, even more so than the building or lobby. When I got to my desk, I found a notice there. It turns out that because our office is located in the desert, the whole building is considered a fire hazard unless it is correctly air conditioned. As it happens, because our AC broke over the weekend, we had been reported to the fire department as a hazard. I now know the value of having an Heating, Ventilation, and A/C service plan so that frequent maintenance can ensure something like this never happens again. I picked up the phone number to our Heating, Ventilation, and A/C provider and sighed my beginning-of-the-week sigh.

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