My neighbors will often scoff at me.
I tend to be one of those people who is always trying to stay a step ahead when it comes to life. While there are two sides to the argument on whether that is the way to live, it comes natural to me. I have always been this way. Even in childhood I was thinking preparation and prevention without really having the concept. My buddies would all holler at me because I would be oiling my bike chain prior to fooling around the neighborhood all day. This spilled over to my adult life. Spending all my time on the couch in the HVAC is not my idea of a good time. While it’s important to relax and recharge, I also truly like tinkering around the house. There is always one project or another that I’m into. This time of year is when I normally start to think about getting the house and the HVAC ready for the heat season. We have a very, very mild winter here but the summer season can be brutally hot. And sometimes that deep heat lasts up to 5 months. That means I have to be sure that I’m getting the HVAC looked after and my house tightened up. It doesn’t take all that much. The HVAC guy comes out to inspect and service the heat pump. The rest of it, I take care of. I make sure the weather stripping is changed out if it’s sun damaged. Then, I go around the house caulking any potential gaps or cracks in the exterior. Finally, I make sure to lay down a few new rolls of insulation in the attic. All of this goes a long way toward getting through the summer and saving some money while I’m at it.