The older I get, the harder it is to break habits. Human behavior is a tricky thing and more difficult to change the more entrenched it becomes. There are not many things better than chugging a super cold beer at the end of a long hot day. The bad habit part was chugging four or five. It took a few months but I was able to still enjoy that first, beautiful beer without following it up. I just switched to water right after that one awesome cool one. I followed the same logic when I attempted to change the way I use the HVAC system. My biggest bad habit concerning the heating and cooling unit was simple neglect. I really didn’t think all that much about my HVAC. I have always scheduled preventive maintenance for the HVAC unit. Beyond that, I didn’t do much of anything. In order to change the behavior, I needed to quantify exactly what I wasn’t doing. First, I started changing the air filter every 30 days. There was such an immediate boost to the air flow. I then went through the rest of my house to check out the vents. I now make sure each vent is open and unobstructed. I have dogs who drag their beds all over the place. More often than not, they cover up a vent. The dogs also are getting combed nearly daily and outside to reduce the fur landing in the filter. Finally, I installed a smart thermostat to leverage the HVAC efficiency. All these actions have not been difficult to manage. It’s in the consistency that a behavior is born. So, hopefully I am better to my HVAC now and maybe I’ll even save a little money to boot.