A little over a year ago, I became a homeowner for the first time. I was very excited to finally have a place of my own and no longer have to sharing living space with various renters. Although I got a great deal on a small house, I had to tighten up my budget to cover the the mortgage and upkeep. I was anxious to immediately start on home renovations and upgrades, but I knew that I needed to hold off until I’d replenished my savings. Unfortunately, within the first half a year, my air conditioner suddenly quit working. I called a local HVAC contractor and was informed that the cooling system was not worth fixing. The technician told me that the it would cost more for a repair then it would to replace the entire unit. At first, I tried living without air conditioning. The outside temperature climbed up into the high nineties, and my home became extremely overheated and humid. I opened the windows and ran box fans but that wasn’t enough to provide relief. It was difficult to sleep at night, even though I was exhausted at the office, I was constantly sweaty, I was continually taking a shower for relief. I finally called the HVAC specialist back, hoping to purchase a basic air conditioner that would effectively cool my home. I told the contractor that i didn’t want any excessive features or luxuries. He then told me about advances in engineering, smart technology, variable speeds and zone control. He assured me that the more I spent on an air conditioner, the more money I would save on my monthly power bills. I reiterated that I could not possibly afford a top-of-the-line system and he’d either need to sell me the basic model or I’d consult a new contractor.