For a long time I was always dependent on other people when it came to taking care of my house. I paid someone to mow the lawns, maintain the pool, and do any repairs. However, when I started to realize how much money I was spending on these things each month, I challenged myself to try to cut those costs a little bit. One thing I did was learn how to take care of my own HVAC unit. A/C repairs aren’t something that come up often, but when they do they can be really expensive. So, I started researching basic maintenance tasks. I learned that aside from just changing an air filter every few weeks, it was also important to clean the coils out. This would keep too much dirt from accumulating in the A/C unit. I also learned that it’s crucial that the air ducts get cleaned out about every other year to prevent this same problem. Knowing that I could do these handful of things on my own was assuring, but I also researched some information on repairs. I learned all about the compressor and other related parts, and I now feel confident that I could handle a small repair without having to call an HVAC technician. It took me a while to take things into my own hands, but now I feel much less reliant on others when it comes to taking care of my property. Now, if I could just get over my aversion to cutting grass, I could also eliminate my monthly lawn maintenance fee. That would be the biggest charge of them all!