Living for while in another culture and country often brings a moment of balance and clarity that many people use to enhance their lives when they return to their home country. You often leave another country with one of two feelings grateful or motivated. We have have a feeling of gratefulness when we realize how many things that we consider basic to life is a major luxury in others, even running water. You can also return to your country fully motivated from the freedom you may gain from trying and learning new experiences. Either way travelling outside of your country of origin is a life changing experience. It can make you more self sufficient. Homeowners can learn that they can perform regular maintenance on their furnaces and cooling systems themselves. With your new found motivation you can convert the function of a space such as a garage into an office, studio or a family room. Also, travelling will make you more aware of how extravagant we often live. Once returning you can begin to find ways to heat and cool your home more cost effectively. One of the heating and cooling systems that are among the top energy efficient systems to heat or cool any space is a ductless or mini split system. Immediately, homeowners can save with this system, simply because the mini split system does not use ductwork. The ductwork system as it is moving air through your home loses about 20% of the heated or cooled air through holes or cracks.