I have a few friends who adore to joke with me about our older home. For some reason, more than 2 of our friends adore to have bigger and newer things. For me though, I am quite pleased with smaller and older things. Of course, a bigger and newer home would be unbelievable to own. However, I don’t need the extra space most of the time! Perhaps if I get married and have adolescents it might be an issue, but for now it is exactly what I am looking to own. In fact, the limited size saves me a lot of money and time on our home, including its heating and cooling. At least it should. Of course though, with an older home things will break down over time. So then, when I noticed our heating and cooling bill being unusually high, I decided to do some investigating into the issue. As a woman who is pretty methodical about everything they do, I knew that it wasn’t because I was lowering the control component more than usual. I do run our a/c a bit more in the summer, thanks to the heat of a southern summer, but I know what to expect on our bill when I do. I assumed then that if our a/c was absolutely working that much harder, then every room in our home should be refreshingly cool. However, instead I noticed that a back room was just about as warm as it was outside! So then, how could our heating and cooling USage be higher than ever before, yet our home be warmer than it ever was too? It turns out the air duct in that room had a tear in it. I assume that’s a problem that comes with older homes.