I travel back and forth between a house in the north and one in the south.
- I typically spend the months from November to May in the south and the other half of the year up north.
However, for the sake of taking care of the properties, I tend to make visits to either location for a few days here and there. Due to an injury, I neglected the house in the south completely for nearly five straight months. When I finally arrived, my lawns and gardens were terribly overgrown. Inside the house, I found issues with mold growth and some dead bugs to deal with. There was an unpleasant smell. Although it was late September, the temperature during the day consistently climbed into the high eighties and failed to cool off at night. I immediately lowered the thermostat setting, started up the air conditioner and got to work. I cleaned up the bugs, mowed the lawn and weeded the gardens. I washed windows, dusted all surfaces and scrubbed the floors. After a few hours, I realized that I was sweating profusely. I checked the thermostat and found that it wasn’t working at all. When changing the batteries failed to solve the problem, it inspected the breaker and found that one had been tripped. I was relieved when the air conditioner started back up again. However, it didn’t take long to realize that although the system was making noise, it wasn’t producing any cool air. I wasn’t quite sure what to do. I was only staying at the house for a couple of days, and the air conditioner is extremely old. I was nearly positive that it wasn’t worth the cost of repair. I really didn’t want to tackle either an expensive repair or an installation project in the span of days. I decided to get by with box fans until my return trip in November. It was awful. The house was overheated and sticky, and I was forever wet with sweat. Sleeping was just about impossible.