Are you a procrastinator? I know that I sure am, I can’t deny this truth. If you are then you’ve probably been in this situation before: It’s the first hot day of summer. You go to turn on your central air and a moment later you realize your house isn’t getting cold. You don’t know what’s wrong. Maybe you need to give it a while. A day later, you’re still sitting in a sweltering house with no cool air to be found. You think a fan might help but all it’s doing is blowing hot air. Finally, you break down and call your local HVAC specialist. By now, it’s been two or three days sitting in uncomfortable heat, sweating in your own house. You make an appointment and finally an air conditioning repair technician arrives. At last, you’re back in comfort as your humble abode returns to an acceptable temperature for someone non-native to the equator.
The simple truth is this all could be prevented and all you would have had to do was reach out do something about it a little sooner. Most heating companies also do cooling, of course, and regular maintenance of your air conditioning unit can save you several days of discomfort. We don’t change our car’s oil when the engine’s about to break down, right? So why wait until the cooling unit in your house breaks before seeking a professional to come and help.
Preventative maintenance can also save you money down the line. If you’ve ever taken care of anything mechanical, then you know that it’s much easier to try and solve problems before they start; not just easier but less costly too! The average price of a car oil change is about $20 but let’s say you leave old oil in your car. Suddenly your car stops working and your engine block cracks. Now you’re looking at $1000 dollars in repairs that could have been prevented just by going out of your way and paying that $20. You just cost yourself 50 times the money by being a procrastinator like me.
One thing I can guarantee you though is that it won’t happen again. Before this winter hit, I called my local heating company and had my furnace checked out and I can tell you that I’ve been nice and cozy all winter (while I was at it I made sure to get my oil changed). I’ve worn jackets in the house before but never again.
So take it from me, a reformed procrastinator. If you’re a homeowner, save yourself some money, save yourself some grief, and save yourself a potentially uncomfortable situation. Planning ahead takes a little bit of extra time in the present but in the long run it’ll save you a lot of time, effort, and stress in the future. If there’s one place I demand to be comfortable in, it’s my own house. After all, we live in a time where we can reside in the perfect temperature no matter what climate it is, so let’s take advantage of it!