How lucky I really am. My best friend of many years recently became a certified heating and air conditioning contractor! I was so proud of him. He went to college and graduated in the top 5 students for heating and cooling certification. My best friend just got his first job working for a local air conditioning and heating repair service. This is not a fully developed heating and cooling company yet. They only do HVAC repair. They hope to eventually be selling heating and air conditioning equipment, but that is a bit in the future yet. The biggest perk now for me, is that my best friend can help me with all of my heating and air conditioning repair. Not for free, of course. I would never take advantage of him like that. However, having him as a certified heating and cooling specialist will save me some cash. My best friend actually said to me that he would give me private discounted heating and air conditioning repair when I needed it. This was a big relief for me. I usually end up spending at least 300 dollars a year on either heating and cooling repairs or general HVAC tune ups. But, now that my best friend is a heating and air conditioning specialist, he can do all this for me. For half the price! He would never tell the HVAC service company he works for though. They wouldn’t appreciate that very much. Especially the fact he was taking side jobs under the table. I would never want to be the one responsible for getting him fired!