As a new homeowner I figured I had a lot to learn.
- I never really helped my parents around the house and would complain if I were asked to do any manual labor.
Now, I wish I would have paid more attention to all of the little things my parents attended to on a regular basis. I don’t even know what end of the screwdriver to use for the most part so when it came time to do any routine maintenance on my HVAC system I was clueless. I was talking with my dad a few weeks ago and I was complaining that my energy bill kept going up and even though I tried to cut back it wasn’t working. I took short showers, put timers on my lights, and even adjusted the thermostat to try and save money. My dad asked me when I had last changed the filter on the system. I looked perplexed and he realized that I didn’t even know I had to do that. He was right, I didn’t know anything about changing filters so when he told me that I should do that about every three months I was really shocked. At that point I had lived in the house for about a year and a half and now I feel lucky that I hadn’t experienced a breakdown of my system. My dad went on to tell me that a clogged filter could break the system or at the very least diminish the efficiency of it significantly. I asked my dad to come over and take a look at things in general to see if there was anything else that I was overlooking.