Moving out to the country (or the sticks, as we like to call it) was a major shock to my system. I thought it would be a good idea for a lot of reasons, not the least of which was my respiratory issues. I worked from home on my computer, which i could literally do from anywhere. And seeing as how my wife and I didn’t have strong roots in the community, it seemed like a cool idea to up and move out to a more rural area. There were no pizza delivery places out this far, and the nearest movie theater was an hour away. The air quality was fresh and clean out there, I felt the difference within the first day. My lungs had been weak my whole life, but living in the city with the most horrible air quality, the smog and smoke and pollution, made it worse. The natural ventilation out here, with the breezes coming in off the fields smelling lightly of corn, did wonders for my health. Once winter came, things changed up, and we had to stay inside running the heater for a couple of months on end. I noticed that while being cooped up inside with the HVAC system running, my lungs started feeling worse. I suspected that this might imply a problem with the ventilation in our HVAC system, feeding us dirty air, but I wasn’t sure what to do about it. After all, this far out there wasn’t a nearby HVAC repair shop we could call up for a house call.