Like many communities, my neighbors are always communicating.
I love living where there is authentic, genuine caring for the members of our community. The next door neighbor is a man who lives alone as his wife passed about 5 years ago. He has come to not only be a great friend but also a wonderful mentor. That man has been such a great ear for me. He listens without just waiting to say something. The other day, I was complaining about the huge dent to the HVAC puts in our monthly utility budget. His suggestion caught me a bit off guard. My neighbor said I ought to think about syncing up the house. I thought he was talking about the smart thermostat thing. He was suggesting that I sync up the house to mitigate the HVAC costs and that went much further than a simple thermostat change. My neighbor had me imagine the house as though it was an envelope which had to be fully sealed before mailing. Seal all the cracks and gaps along with the windows and doors. This will keep the HVAC treated air inside the house and not seeping outside. Then, move to the air ducts. He gave me a number of a crew who cleans out air ducts and then reseals all the joints. Most homes can lose like 25 percent of efficiency due to unsealed air ducts. Then, he told me to go to the attic and be sure that the entire perimeter was completely sealed up tight. It took some time but, I got it all done before the summer heat really hit. So far, I am saving nearly 20 percent on HVAC costs.