I can’t say enough to my siblings about home maintenance. Even though we all grew up with a carpenter and electrician for a father, it constantly seems like I’m the only person who ever listened to a single word the man said. I was the only one who wasn’t constantly calling home in college because I couldn’t figure out what kind of lightbulb to buy for a standard desk lamp. Or worse, how to simply flip a thrown circuit breaker or where to even find the breaker box at all. Even though I can understand my siblings’ reluctance to ever take a hands on approach with home care, none of them have an excuse for neglecting their heating and cooling systems, especially my older sister. Her husband has been working for an HVAC company for eight years now but still fails to keep their filter changed more often than once every four to five months, well after it clogs and slows the system down to a snail’s pace. Therefore, it was no surprise to me when I heard from my parents that my sister and her husband were staying with them for a week while they had a water remediation crew in their house remedying the damage from a water leak in their HVAC system. Despite my brother-in-law’s career choice, he’s like a chef who comes home and refuses to ever cook for himself or his family. Even so, the two of them also refuse to get outside help of any kind, so when their drip line began to backup and clog, no one was inspecting the system regularly to find it before the water caused so much damage to their living room and bedroom. Although most people wouldn’t make the same mistake again after the huge inconvenience both physically and financially, I wouldn’t put it past the two of them to do something like this repeatedly.
- Impressed by variety of smart thermostats in my budget
- Slight decrease in air conditioner temperature improves my sleep immensely