As Winter time approaches our main responsibility for the household is to make sure our Air Conditioner and Heater program works officially, however in order to keep our condo sizzling once the temperature drops below zero. I live with our family up north and Winter time can become quite punishing if the Heating and Air Conditioning unit is not laboring officially! My wifey appointed me to be responsible to keep the Air Conditioning and Heating unit took care of and diagnosed throughout the year. I make sure to change the air filters yearly and keep all debris clear of the Heating and Air Conditioning unit outside of the home especially right after immense storms. My wifey and I signed a contract with the local A/C and Heating supplier to keep our costs down by maintaining the A/C bi-bi-weekly, then before the coldest area of Winter time the Heating and Air Conditioning supplier arrives and makes sure our Air Conditioner and Heater unit works and the temperature control has new batteries, however our children each have a task to help keep our costs down as well, and the minute the two of us suppose the cold air coming in the two of us gather supplies such as extra wood for the fireplace, candles, blankets, canned food, and bottled water in case the electricity goes off. The children have backpacks with special items such as toys, coloring books, crayons, flashlights, chips, and anything else that will keep them occupied. My wifey made beef jerky by drying out beef and other chips that are non-perishable. I make sure our dogs have food, toys, beds, and treats, but all of us are fully prepared for anything that may occur this winter.