Believe it or not, there are entire communities that still religiously have weekly neighborhood meetings.
- I mean who has the time for weekly neighborhood meetings when you have a job, kids, and a struggling social life.
My wife kept insisting that the meetings were sometimes beneficial when the speakers were people directly affecting our lives. Such a speaker was the CEO of a HVAC company. The neighborhood chairperson had invited this individual to give energy saving tips on everything HVAC ranging from completing a heat pump install to dual fuel systems. There were a couple of questions from the residents including one about which fireplace is the safest in a home with curious toddlers. The resident had a gas furnace but had heard it could be harmful if there were gas leaks. The speaker mentioned that the lifespan of a furnace is approximately a decade with constant service by a heating technician. He also emphasized that homeowners should always seek advice from a local contractor on the location of outdoor central heating. My neighbor who had a huge mansion complained that some rooms were hotter or colder than others. The speaker suggested she upgrades to a zone control unit that would ensure quality heating to all rooms within the same sector regardless of the floor they are on. I found out on that day that quality heating services were provided by units such as a ductless heat pump. This unit did not waste energy since it did not have vents. The CEO of the HVAC company emphasized simple troubleshooting tips on electric furnaces that could save a lot on repair fees. At the end of the meeting, I had learned quite a lot and I was glad I had attended.