Where I live, our winters are very intense.  It gets pretty snowy, but sometimes it is even too cold for snow.  Growing up, my parents always talked about how expensive heat is, and they were always making sure we were closing doors and windows in the winter in order to not let any heat escape.  I guess I did not realize how much it really is until I moved out on my own and had to start paying for it myself.  It is my first winter in the home that I am now renting.  At a cost, I have kept it pretty warm and comfortable these last few months.  But, just the other day, I came home from work and my house was so cold, I could actually see my breath inside.  Immediately, I went to check my thermostat and it said my heat was on!  In panic, I called my go to guy, my dad.  He is very handy and knows everything about HVAC systems, and I did not feel like dealing with my landlord at that point.  My dad went and checked out my system in my basement, and immediately shook his head and pulled out a totally clogged, dusty air filter, the reason the heat had stopped working..  I was a little embarrassed, but I didn’t know anything about HVAC maintenance.  The two of us headed out to the local home improvement store to purchase new air filters.  I was so happy to have my dad at that moment so that I did not have to wait until the next day to have an HVAC technician come to my house for something that was such an easy fix.

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