The kids and I were decorating for Halloween when something truly scary happened: our air conditioner stopped blowing cold air. We could feel the cold air near the vents but the air wasn’t really getting into the house. We live in the Deep South so yes, we still need air conditioning in October. I called out our local HVAC supplier and they were able to come out the next day. The technician saw the problem immediately. One of the kids had put fake spider webbing over the outside part of the air conditioner. Somehow it had gotten through the grill that covers the fan and got all wound up in the fan blades. This completely stopped up the fan and broke a fan belt. The air conditioner technician spent several minute untangling the fan and components inside and then he replaced the fan belt. I was planning on giving my children a strong talking too but the technician had a better idea. He simply showed them what had happened and then explained to them how an air conditioner worked. Both of my children were very interested in learning. And, I have to admit, I didn’t know most of that information either. In the end, the kids knew never to put anything near the A/C fan again and they learned a lesson without punishment. As an added bonus, my daughter is not thinking of becoming an HVAC technician when she grows up. She has always been great about understanding how things fit together and I think she would do great with heaters and air conditioners. That is, if she still wants to do this in about 10 years when she is old enough to start school or an apprenticeship.