I just came back from vacation, and I’m regretting ever leaving. When I boarded the plane in the south, it was 75 degrees and sunny, absolutely perfect. I knew it would be cold back home, but I wasn’t expecting degrees in the teens! It was so cold I wanted to cry. I don’t know why I bother flying home sometimes; I hate the cold weather here. My only solace is coming home to my central heating system. I don’t have the money to afford a smart thermostat, so when I got home the first thing I did was turn up the heat. Then I curled up on the couch with a hot cup of tea and plugged in the electric blanket to heat me up while I waited for my apartment to get warmer. Fortunately this didn’t take long–I have a truly awesome central heating system. My apartment complex features rapid heating and cooling thanks to our slimmer and more modern HVAC duct system in every unit. In just thirty minutes, my apartment was nice and toasty again. Just in time too, because the snow started coming down like crazy just as I was cooking dinner. Despite it being just 19 degrees with blizzard conditions outside, my apartment thermostat read that it was a comfortable 65 degrees, and all without the HVAC system running constantly. If it weren’t for my apartment’s fantastic heating and cooling system, I don’t think I could survive living here. I’m hopeful that one day I’ll find a new job and be able to transfer to the south for good.