One of the most daunting tasks I could be asked of is ascending the roof of my home, and being set to sweep the chimney. I’ve always had a fear of heights, but I never knew how extensive it was until I was older and living in my own home. I still remember cleaning the water spouts, and being only a few feet above the ground, but still being able to see how cold and white-knuckled I became due to the intense fear taking over me. My wife did what she does best, and made terrible fun of me! Honestly, her jokes helped me relax, so I ought to thank her for that. Still, it was being on the roof with nothing securing me to prevent a painful fall. Despite my fear, I knew it was important to properly clean out the chimney before the winter weather began! The risk of using the fireplace in my home without a proper cleaning first is dangerous, and a common way for fires to start in homes. As I was on the roof jamming this enormous chimney brush down the chimney, I thought about how many times I’ve said that I was going to invest in a furnace. Last year, I went through all the steps to make it happen: I did research on every heating system available, scored each based on efficiency, air quality and cost, and even had quotes from four of the HVAC service companies in the city. All I had to do was pick one company, and I would have a heat pump installed at my house! It sounded so enticing, as the heat pump was incredibly energy efficient and provided more than satisfactory heat for a house with my square footage. Sadly, I decided to hang up the heat pump installation as I felt it would be too expensive and unnecessary. It’s a shame I blew it off last year, as I might not have to be up on this roof cleaning the chimney if I had the heat pump installed!