I can’t believe in just two weeks I’ll be going on vacation and getting away from all of this nasty weather. Every year, I make it a point to fly down to the south in December to see my family for the holidays. We all have to work a lot, so sadly my stay is never as long as we like, however every day I get to see my folks is entirely worth it to me. It’s always a little weird adjusting though, as I have to switch from my winter boots and a parka to sandals and maybe a light cardigan at night. During the day, I no longer have to turn up the thermostat to turn on the oil furnace in my home office. Instead, I’m adjusting the air conditioning at my parent’s beach house so we can stay cool during the midday heat. Instead of seeing snow and worrying about when I have to have my next oil furnace fill-up, I’m remembering to reapply sunblock after I get out from swimming in the ocean. Sometimes I worry that I’ll catch a cold from the temperature difference, but the awesome HVAC system at my parent’s place keeps me comfortable. Plus, everytime I come to visit, the central air conditioning is working in perfect shape. They never have an AC breakdown, even though they run it just about year round, because they get their annual HVAC maintenance. This is something they’ve passed onto me as well. Though we live on opposite ends of the country now, my parents and I have one thing still in common: we always make sure to book our annual heating and cooling service appointments so our HVAC systems work perfectly when we need them most.