I never put much thought into the appliances when I lived in apartment buildings. I went about my business, and if something broke, I called the landlord to come out and fix it. This all changed when I bought my first house. Then, I was the only one responsible for taking care of things, so I had to be more thoughtful about maintenance issues. One thing I started doing was schedule an annual HVAC unit inspection. I started this because I know that going without an air conditioner can be tough, and I wanted to make sure that I didn’t encounter any unexpected issues with the cooling system. A friend of mine gave me the idea after having to deal with an A/C breakdown that took a full week to fix! The thought of having to go without cool air for a week was something that scared me into being more responsible. Now, when my HVAC technician comes out for the inspection, he is able to tell me if I have any small issues going on with my unit. If so, he’s able to help me get them fixed so that the system doesn’t break down without notice. I have had good luck with my HVAC unit because of this, and I would recommend this to every homeowner! It takes a lot of thought and planning to take care of a property, but thinking ahead is something that always pays off in the long run. I wouldn’t think of going back to my old habits now. My new ones have served me too well.