In our region, the winter weather is the main cause for concern when it comes to the climate. That’s what’s on my mind when it comes to HVAC preparation and all that. Our summer can get a bit toasty for like six, maybe 8 weeks. Until a decade ago, I never had HVAC cooling in my home. Not the home I grew up in nor this house. And I’ve owned this place for going on 30 years. But my wife really wanted to have the cooling component when we replaced the HVAC last. So that’s what we did. And honestly, it’s kind of nice to have a cool home all summer. I didn’t really understand why she wanted one so bad but I get it now. Still, other than those weeks in the summer, I just don’t think about the HVAC cooling unit all that much. My focus is making sure the HVAC furnace is maintained and ready to go when the winter weather starts. This is because we get a pretty vicious winter that lasts almost 6 months if not longer some years. If you’re not prepared for that type of winter, you can find yourself in a bad spot quick. I have a wood stove as a back up for heating. Much of the summer and fall is consumed by putting up wood for the winter. But this year, it finally dawned on me that I need to protect the HVAC cabinet outside the house. So I ordered a hard plastic shell that fits right over the HVAC cabinet. This way, the weight of snow and ice isn’t sitting on it all winter.