I’ve always been an optimist – a “glass half full” kind of person, if you will.

Though my wife can sometimes be annoyed by my cheerful and hopeful demeanor, she is happy to see that I always look on the bright side.

The biggest test to that talent of mine has been the birth of our first child, who absolutely hates going to sleep! Since the new baby doesn’t enjoy taking naps or sleeping in general, we’re currently having to sleep in shifts while the other person tends to the baby. While my wife can sleep through just about anything, I find that the baby’s restless crying only keeps me awake. So, I try to see the positive – now I have this extra time in the middle of the night, which I can dedicate to handling things that have been shelved around the house. One of the biggest things that I kept neglecting to do was change the air filter for our HVAC system, so I took care of that first. After that, I went around and thoroughly dusted the house. I made sure to wipe down the air duct vents, and I checked in the ductwork itself for excessive dirt and dust buildup. This was mostly a precautionary measure, as I wanted to know ahead of time if we needed to get our ductwork cleansed. Aside from that, I also changed the batteries for our thermostat. I knew it was close to being dead, so why wait around, right? By the time I was finished with these little chores, my wife managed to soothe the baby to sleep. That’s one night down… and about two-hundred more to go.

AC filter