After college, I was struggling with a tremendous amount of debt. I was paying extremely high student loans, a car payment and insurance. My first job did not pay very much, and I was forced to rent inexpensive and horrible apartments. Most of these places were small, rundown and extremely uncomfortable. There was no insulation in the walls, the windows leaked air, and the HVAC systems were a joke. I typically went without air conditioning in the summer, and simply got by with opening the windows and running box fans. In the winter, I set the thermostat as low as possible, put plastic over the windows, and bundled up in multiple layers. Although the heating systems barely put out any warm air whatsoever, my utility bills were still more than I could afford. Now that I have finally paid off my loans and am making decent money, I have moved into a much better apartment. My new apartment is entirely temperature controlled. Although I have a tremendous view from very large windows, the windows do not open. I have a central heating and cooling system that provides year round temperature control. There are three separate thermostats in the apartment that allow me to set independent temperatures in the living space and bedrooms. Unfortunately, the building manager decides when to switch from heating to cooling. This past year, spring arrived very early and the outside temperature climbed up into the low eighties. With the big windows allowing the sun to pound into my apartment, it quickly became overheated and stuffy. Since the building had yet to switch over to air conditioning, I only had access to heating. I ended up propping the door to my apartment open with a broom, hoping to let in some cool air from the hallway.