Last July, my wife and I decided to host a party for our friends, neighbors and family. Planning to keep everyone outside, in the backyard, we rented a large tent, tables and chairs. We spent a great deal of time and effort preparing our property for the event. Hoping to have everything looking nice, we weeded the gardens, trimmed the shrubs, mowed the lawns, raked, painted and devoted hours to getting the pool water crystal clear. We also bought a variety of food and drinks, and my wife devoted an entire day to baking desserts. Because of the oven running and an outside temperature in the upper eighties, the house became very overheated. I lowered the thermostat setting, and was thankful our guests would remain largely outside. Unfortunately, on the morning of our party, it began to rain. We got hit with high winds, torrential downpours, thunder and lightning. There was no way anyone would be willing to sit outside. I once again reduced the thermostat setting, and noticed the house wasn’t cooling down. There was definitely a problem with the air conditioner. Since my repair skills are limited to cleaning the filter and changing the batteries in the thermostat, I couldn’t fix it. I had no choice but to call for emergency air conditioner repair and pay overtime charges. It still took the HVAC contractor nearly an hour to arrive and another hour to repair the cooling system. By that point, guests were already arriving, and the house was sweltering. We couldn’t even open the windows because of the rain.