I swear, with this house if it’s not one thing it’s another. If the window sealing is finally replaced so that rain doesn’t come streaming in every time a warm front passes through, then you’d better believe the roof will spring a leak. If the washing machine finally starts working properly after multiple services by a professional, then the dishwasher will spontaneously stop draining the next day. It’s nonstop renovation around here, and every time one fire is put out, another one springs up in its place. Similarly, just when I thought we were through the expense and stress of cooling a large home all summer, now it’s time to worry about the heating system. You see, we have central heating and cooling installed throughout the house which generally works just fine. The issue is, the temperature control is only accurate when you’re hanging out on the lower levels of the house. Because it is a split level home, we have three distinct areas and three distinct air temperatures, to match. Our heating and cooling system creates a temperature gradient from the lowest level being the coldest air temperature to the highest floor having a much warmer degree. All summer long we endlessly cool the house trying to drop the temperature on the top floor. Then, all winter long we run the furnace trying to heat up the lower floors. As such, every season we resort to running box fans throughout the house, channeling the treated indoor air through the poorly ventilated areas. As if it isn’t expensive enough to run central heating and cooling systems most of the year, operating box fans and ceiling fans all day long to actually disperse the conditioned air. The stresses of this house never end. .