I have always been a handy person.
I spent so much extra time with our dad, who taught me how to maintain little things and handle minor repairs from a young age.
My old guy always seemed to have a solution to everything and would only agree to call a local expert when all his attempts failed. This was his easy way of saving money for the family budget. The easy fact of having spent so much time around him in our younger years, the exact same spirit was ingrained in me. So this 1 time, our HVAC component was acting up one morning, refusing to function as it should. Even with dad long gone, the skills he imparted in me long ago are still live. I swiftly put on our overall and headed to the component to inspect. I very promptly tested the blower filter since Winter was coming, and I last tested it just before the hot summer. The dust accumulation was an indication that I needed to change the air filters, which I did. Considering that I live in a dusty area, I had to learn to do it just if I completely failed to reach the HVAC company. I then cleared the dirt around the outdoor unit, removing all manner of debris that could be causing blockages. Having done this, I was comfortable sitting back and waiting for the HVAC provider to maintenance our programmable control component and finally carry out routine annual checks. Nothing gives me more joy than the fact that I easily can get a few things done to restore our failing cooling unit.