When I was growing up I had a rather passionate dream of owning a critter shop… I wanted to have a pet store of my own that was in a Victorian dwelling on the corner of town.
I expected that it would be so awesome to have large, spacious windows where you could look in and see all of the superb pets that I had for sale.
I imagined feeding the fish every afternoon. I thought about walking the dogs up and down the road to gather more business. I dreamt of interacting with the small critters as giggling children looked on. I never actually thought about birds though. It turns out, avian critters are quite a bit harder to take care of even in a temperature controlled store setting… Since I finally got my pet shop up and running I was able to realize that indoor air temperature control was going to be a massive complication for any of my bird friends. If you want to have healthy birds you must have a draftless space… This pretty much means you can’t use traditional heating and cooling appliances with an HVAC duct system. Normally, I would have used central heating and cooling implements such as our old school AC appliance and forced air gas furnace. These heating and cooling appliances do just fine for the puppies and kittens that you traditionally think about. With birds, you need some type of radiant heating and cooling situation to keep them comfortable and avoid drafts. Since I started selling some feathered friends at our shop I had to create a whole modern bird room complete with radiant heated floors and geothermal cooling. The heating and cooling appliances have been expensive to have installed… so I had better be able to sell a few of these extravagant parrots.