Not too long ago, it seems as if my house was falling apart. I have been confronted with one malfunction after another. Because my home is approximately 200 years old, it has been a struggle to update and manage the many necessary improvements, maintenance and repairs. Although my husband Greg and I spent the last seven years remodeling the property, it is an ongoing concern. Despite adding insulation, replacing home windows, caulking, weatherstripping and putting up new drywall, we can’t manage to prevent energy waste. The HVAC system seems to run at all times and the monthly utility bills cost us a fortune. Last summer, right when I was planning to have the air conditioner professionally serviced, the water tank ruptured and flooded the basement. Not only did I need to handle all of the water damage and clean up, but I was forced to purchase a new water heater. I was still hoping to handle the time and expense of air conditioner upkeep, when my vacuum broke and the overhead shed door suddenly refused to opened. Since I couldn’t get along without a vacuum cleaner, and I needed to get my car out of the garage, those became the priority. The air conditioner got neglected and eventually suffered the consequences. By the end of the July, the air conditioner started making a really alarming screeching sound. I’d just purchased a new pool heater and then a new clothes dryer, so I attempted to fix the air conditioner myself. That was a huge mistake, I took the whole cooling unit apart and I couldn’t put it back together. I was tempted to try and get along without air conditioning, but the outside temperature climbed into a triple digits and my entire family was complaining.