When my grandfather passed, my grandmother was at loose ends. Not only did she lose the love of her life, but she also lost the man who handled everything. They were an old school couple, where he made the money and she took care of the home and the family. He didn’t know how to make food or clean his own clothes, and in return she never learned how to open a bank account or handle the finances. On her own, she was a bit lost, so I decided to step up and help her around the house. Right away I noticed that the heating seemed to run all the time, and yet the place always felt pretty cold. I asked her about it and she told me the HVAC system had always been like that, and needed to run a lot just to keep a little warmth in the house. I had a buddy who worked for an HVAC contractor, so I had him come around and give me a quick inspection and look for major issues. It took him only a few minutes to come up with a big list of problems with the central heating system. The entire system, all the way out to the air ducts, was very old and had not been serviced in many years. He said we could do a few small repairs to keep the heating running for the current time, but that within a few weeks, maybe months, we would need a whole new heating system. I don’t know how we can afford that.