When I was growing up, our parents were adamant about making sure I knew how to take care of myself. As early as several years old, our dad taught me how to handle a ton of household chores, such as washing the dishes, taking out the garbage, cleaning and dusting the house, and more. As I got older, our dad also showed me how to cut some living expenses for the home – I’m cheerful he did, as I use many of his little tricks to this day! The thing is, I thought that our parents and their approach to teaching self-reliance was the norm. It wasn’t until I moved in with many friends after university, that I came to a abrupt realization – I was an exception! Both of our friends were clueless about household service, especially when it came to our heating and cooling systems. I even had to show them how to update the air filter, which I thought was correct comprehension! As I taught our roommates about the basics of heating and cooling systems, as well as practices to keep our energy bills low, they began to realize just how little they knew about maintaining these appliances. By the end of the conversation, I was explaining to them about warning signs for HVAC service being needed. The rule of thumb was easy – if it takes more than an hour to get the condo cooled down by many degrees, the air conditioner method needed to be tuned up or possibly repaired. The same went for the oil furnace, as the gas furnace likely needed service if it took over an hour to sizzling our condo by many degrees.