I think there is something to be said for knowing how to maintain the appliances around someone’s home. When I bought my first house, I didn’t know anything about upkeep or maintenance, but that had to change very quickly. After living there for only about two months, my HVAC system started to give me problems. It was making loud noises, and it was running all the time just to keep the place somewhat cool. I knew that something was wrong, but I had no idea what had caused the issue or if there was anything that could be done to fix it. I did a little bit of research on my own, and found that I had been neglecting the upkeep on my HVAC unit. It seemed that the air filters has not been changed in far too long, and the air ducts have not been cleaned out either. After I realize that these chores were so important, I started paying more attention to my cooling system. By making sure that these things are attended to on a regular basis, it is easy to avoid having to deal with major HVAC unit repairs. I think that this is part of what it means to be a responsible homeowner. I had a lot of learning to do when I moved into my house, but now I think I have a pretty good grip on everything. There are days when I don’t want to do any kind of home maintenance tasks, but I make myself do them because I know how important they are now.