If I had to characterize the climate of the area that I grew up in, there are really two words that come to mind: dry and cold. The winter wind could be merciless and biting, and if there was any component of an HVAC system that me and my family greatly relied-upon when I was growing up, it was the furnace. When we got precipitation, especially during the winter, it most often came in the form of snow, and let me tell you, the more tropical regions of the United States were looking more and more tantalizing as I grew up and was financially secure enough to choose where I wanted to live. Places like the southeast seemed like veritable paradises, where it was warm and sunny and delightful all the time. I figured that I would never need HVAC, and could go around in shorts all year long. However, when I finally moved to the southeast, I found myself in desperate need of HVAC, it was just not the kind that I was used to needing at all. I barely remember needing air conditioning growing up, but now it was a must. During my first summer in the southeast, I felt like I was swimming down the street in a warm ocean, the humidity was so high and the heat was so intense. Don’t get me wrong, I still kind of prefer it to the cold that I’m used to on milder days, but only if I have a good air conditioning unit, which I managed to get my hands on rather quickly.