One must be careful to avoid setting themselves up for failure. Forgetting to make your lunch for the following workday before bed is a small step towards failure, while neglecting your oil change for over a year can lead to a major and costly disaster! Fortunately, the little things that can be done to help set yourself up for success are fairly cheap, and easy to remember. However, some lessons just have to be learned the hard way. That was the case for me at least, as I woke up one chilly December morning this past winter to a house with no heat. It was at least forty-five degrees inside the house – maybe colder. As I shivered to the point of vibrating across the floor, I checked the thermostat and found that the system was off. Worse, I couldn’t turn the system back on. Did I mention that it was Christmas Eve? There was no way I could get any heating and A/C repair technician to my home on that day – not without spending a fortune on an “emergency” visit. Still, I wasn’t going to make it through the holidays without heat, as the temperatures outside were still dropping, just as they were inside! I wound up having no choice but to call a local HVAC service company to set up an emergency visit. I was glad to see the HVAC service tech pulling into my driveway, and the guy was very polite and relaxed for someone working on a holiday. Of course, he was probably easy-going because he knew he’d get a fat check for his work today.