It’s July in India and another hot sunny day sitting inside a general class carriage. The train was on its way to Agra, and I was going to see one of the five wonders of the world, the Taj Mahal. I’ve been traveling Asia for fourteen months now and have developed strong awareness to my own thoughts and feelings. I had a funny feeling this time and knew exactly what it meant: the urge to do something spontaneous, random or adventurous. Knowing that the train ends its journey in Northern India near a popular town called Rishikesh, I decided to stay on the train for another 18 hours. This suddenly became my plan to get away from the scorching summer heat.
Rishikesh has a population of 100,000 and it’s where people come to meditate and practice yoga. It’s also where Cafe’s are to be explored and people from all parts of India come to visit the holy Ganges River. Streets were covered with people wearing orange clothes, some shouting in Hindi, and others honking their motorcycles. Sewan is Lord Shiva’s month long celebration and people from all parts of India were going to the Ganges river to get their blessings. It’s believed that during Sewan, Lord Shiva fulfills the wishes of all his followers, blesses them with prestige and good life partners for women.
Traveling full time can be exhausting. Sometimes you need to get away from all the noise, relax, and spend time with yourself. I found the best way to do this is to search for a local cafe that meets my demands. “Honey Hut Cafe” has pulled me in as soon as I opened the front door. I was quickly relieved from the heat outside thanks to their Indian made “Gold Star” ductless split air conditioners. After speaking with their Chef Umang Sharma, and cafe manager Akash Pondel, I’ve noticed that this cafe has three AC Gold Star units in one space. Akash said they would turn more units on during the high tourist season in order to satisfy the demand for higher loads.
Taking a closer look at these 10 year old AC units, I noticed that they all have inverter compressors. I was caught by surprise seeing inverters on such old units. Its not often that I see inverter units in Canada and yet this is not my first time seeing them in Asia. Canada has been running behind when it comes to technology. From cellphones to air conditioners, we are a few years behind Europe and Asia. You just don’t get the same variety. The great thing about inverter units is they save you lots of money when it comes to paying the energy bill. These units are quiet, constantly holding the room temperature, and can save up to fifty percent on your energy bill. This leads me to my next question, why don’t we see more of them in Canada?
Rishikesh is where yoga was born. Foreigners from all over the world come here to learn yoga and meditation. Classes ranging from 7 to 300 hours are available almost anywhere in town. Being the explorer that I am I’ve decided to try a few classes myself. While you’re on the road it’s difficult to keep your mind and body in shape and this was the perfect place to catch up. Now I can hit the road again with calmness and joy.
Vlad Koma is a licensed 313A Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Mechanic from the province of Ontario.
When you work with passion
and commitment the days can get long and exhausting. Creating a great future
for your business doesn’t only require a new pair of designer sunglasses, but
also a South Florida tan.
Recently, Blackrock Travel took
me to Miami where a personal development course couldn’t be missed. Jeez it was
so damn cold in that conference room I had to pack a sweater for the following
days. Back at the gorgeous AirBnb – looking out the window at a mango tree – I
couldn’t help but notice the amount of cold air the house was pumping out the
ceiling vents. WOW, was the thermostat stuck in cooling? Impressed, how was it
Here I am trying to take time off in Florida but HVAC keeps invading my mind. It started with asking the host what sort of Air Conditioning system they have, then checking to see what size ductwork was ran, and creeping around the backyard to see how big the condenser was! Those Americans, we can learn a few things from them…eh?
Once in a while somebody will
write me a comment asking if I ever do any work. Let me explain, finding great
tasting wines for our a-List clientele and their wives is hard work. Achieving
a serious tan is no easy job either so end it with these comments.
Deadlines had to be met on the final day so I called in for back up to friends Ashley and Kyle. Through teamwork we came up with a strategy. Kyle took me to Abaco Wine Boutique in the Fashion District where owner Ben helped pick the perfect cabernet sauvignon. He’s so knowledgeable and passionate about wines it was a pleasure meeting such a professional gentleman.
Ashley pulled through in the afternoon by taking us to the Soho Beach House in South Beach for an ocean swim and tan. Followed by a pizza, gnocchi, a few sangrias and Moscow mules for lunch.
Before we knew it was time for me to catch an Uber and fly back to Mississauga. Checking off the last goal of the day inside my daily planner, I finally got to sit down and take it easy for three hours before landing safely home. Thank you Miami for being hospitable, beautiful, and providing so many Aston Martins to stir up my motivation. Happy travels everyone.
The ability to carry tools and parts inside of our vehicles increases the confidence of our team and improves the chances of getting sh*t done. Speaking for many trades: electrician, painter, carpenter, builder, etc, they maintain a lifestyle of self-reliance and express it through working tools including vans. We’ve left this article to have open commentary so leave your opinion with a reply. This article begins with a short story, followed by pictures of our Transit XLT and ends with a video filmed somewhere in Ontario.
Shelving, partition wall, roof rack, winter tires, and a back-up camera will make you safe on the road but won’t fix the situation you’ve been sent out to diagnose. “The days of seeing a plumber with his ass crack showing are over”, says Will Gonell of Gonell Homes. Meaning, if you want to be involved with modern construction you need to be up to date and carry everything you could need that day. Clients have expected professionalism since forever, lets deliver on this.
At Blackrock HVAC we accept this reality so we work on improving the comfort, fun, and functionality of our vans. Our company culture has lots to do with automobiles and engines. If your van or truck is a tool for business then taking care of it is money well spent. Don’t be that guy who drives that creepy van around town scaring all the children, we’re trades professionals after all.
We packed our bags and flew to Europe for Viennese coffee and German beer.
Along the way our BRHVAC team made friends with some cool cats who know what’s good. Long story short, The Mechanical Room Vlog had an opportunity to shoot 4 episodes and we’re sharing them with you on this page.
No vodka was consumed during the filming of these episodes, only cognac.
Episode 1: Praha – Combination Boiler Heating (Live)
Waiting for trains in Japan is easy because they are quick and always come on time. Who doesn’t like speed and a reliable cummer?
The shuttle back to Narita airport will arrive any minute now, and I cannot wait to get back home to eat some real food. Japan lacks fruits and protein to fuel an Eastern European like myself -don’t get me wrong, I love Asian food – but loosing fifteen pounds in two weeks is called hunger. Mom, feed me potatoes, please! Continue reading →
Lots of people tend to believe that after graduating college it is easy to find a job, regardless of the amount of experience you have. However, in reality, even once you graduate college, having field practice is VERY beneficial. In this article, a graduate from the George Brown College will share his first experience in the field as an HVAC Technician. Continue reading →
HVAC Contractor Takes City Transit to a Service Call .
Written by Writer X.
Toronto, Ontario. Canada.
They help us solve problems and they help our cities grow. There are thousands of construction trades professionals in Canada today, but does every service call require a Mercedes Sprinter on the road?
BLACKROCK HVAC LTD tackled one of the biggest challenges facing our city today, traffic. Oh lovely traffic. For many Torontonians the TTC’s Bloor Subway Line is a convenient tool, but that’s not the case for contractors who need their trucks. Or do they? Continue reading →
A modern mechanical room will feature but are not limited to a furnace, hot water storage, heating boiler, gas connections, central vacuum, the electrical panel, elevator pump, and surveillance. Any wires that don’t have to be seen will not be seen. Gaps in sheetmetal are sealed with silicone. Modern accessories like switches, floor grilles, and Wi-Fi thermostats are used. Continue reading →