My mother asked me about my new house just the other day. I told her about how great it was having my own place. She was honestly ecstatic to hear about it, and she told me she was proud of me, too. Shortly after our heart to heart talk, she asked if I was taking the proper precautions to make sure our home’s heating and air conditioning system was receiving regular maintenance. I looked at her quizzically and asked what she was talking about. She chuckled, then casually asked how often I was changing out the air conditioner and heating filters. I shrugged and said I wasn’t changing the filters. So she laughed again and took me in to show me how to change the air conditioning and heating filters. I’m pretty sure she was just looking for some additional bonding time but I recognized the importance of it all shortly after our interaction. Saving money can be pivotal to living in your own house since energy bills do add up swiftly!