For years I have neglected my HVAC system. I mean I have even disappointed myself with how badly I have treated the heating and air conditioning units. It’s not like I didn’t know the air filters needed to be changed periodically, I just didn’t do it. I would think about changing the air filters, but then I would think about the cost and tell myself it can wait another week. The weeks turned into months and the months turned into years. I’m surprised I was getting any heating from my furnace, or cooling from my air conditioner. Finally, I decided it was time to at least get some maintenance done on the HVAC system. I wasn’t getting heat or cooling and my energy bill was through the roof. I called the HVAC company and they had someone to my house a few days later. When the HVAC specialist saw the condition of my HVAC equipment, he looked at me out of the corner of his eye and shook his head. I knew I was going to get a lecture. When he stood and looked me fully in the eye, I knew the worst was about to happen. He told me that if he was going to be able to fix the furnace, it was going to cost nearly as much as a new furnace. He wasn’t even sure if it could be fixed. He gave me a lecture about changing the air filters, and how it should be done every month. He then told me that a unit that was only five years old, needing to be scrapped, was all my fault for my neglect.