When I was thinking about the trial and tribulations of being a father when my wife and I were still childless, I didn’t fully understand just how expensive it is to have children. Right out the gate you’re buying diapers, wipes, medicine, bottles, and possibly formula as well. As they get older, the expenses of a child get even worse when you factor in the clothing and supplies for school every year and the food needed to feed them as well. I feel bad for even thinking about my kids on such cold and mathematical terms, but it’s important for others to realize before they start planning families of their own. And having a family isn’t just about feeding them and clothing them—you also need to provide them with a comfortable home in which they can thrive. I’ll admit that my wife and kids are always complaining about the temperature I have the thermostat set to. If they had full control of the thermostat at all times, we would have the air conditioner running every single day of the year when we’re not utilizing heat. However, I encourage my family to enjoy the nice and gentle breeze coming in from outside on spring days when it isn’t too hot or too cold outdoors. Right now it’s spring and I’m happy that we will get a few weeks where we can give the central HVAC system a rest while we enjoy the outdoor breeze. The air conditioner shouldn’t be used aggressively either, as it will lead to more wear and tear and result in a system breakdown in a much shorter span of time.