I had just returned from taking my gap year in Europe.
There I had the pleasure of interacting with the government’s heating dealer. He owned a homeowner solutions business that would install, repair, and replace quality HVAC equipment in government buildings. He had been awarded a tender to work for the government and he was doing a good job. All the government buildings that I visited had quality heating especially because it is cold in that part of the world. During my stay there, I would accompany him to the various job sites. I got to see firsthand the steps involved in heater maintenance and the effects of ignoring to schedule boiler repairs. There were boilers that were in such horrible states that they would have caused a health hazard. It was his job to advise these people who were not taking care of the units to do so in order for the units to last a long time. He is the one person who knew more about heating than even my local heating technician. One chilly afternoon, he requested that I accompany him to a site where he was to supervise the installation of a geo heat pump. This would be something new to me as I had never seen or interacted with this unit. However, I had heard a lot of good things about the unit and was excited to see how it looked as well as the installation process. The heating business supplied the new HVAC and I watched as it was being placed underneath the ground. It was no match for a simple gas furnace though they both used a wifi thermostat. It was fascinating to see this system in action. It could be used during winter as well as summer.