After finishing college, I lived in some legitimately ancient and cramped apartments. I was struggling to pay off student loans as well as keep up with the regular bills on tight budget. I chose apartments with cheap rent located in walking distance of my job. I put up with dirty rugs, leaky faucets, broken ovens, clogged drains, questionable wiring, and no hot water. The biggest disadvantage of these horrible apartments was always the heating and cooling systems. Those heating and cooling units were usually outdated as well as not well maintained. As a result, utilities were my greatest expense. During the winter, I would set the thermostat as low as I could tolerate. I still spent a fortune on monthly heating bills. The furnaces were inefficient, dirty and not maintained. I worried about my safety, with fire hazards and carbon monoxide poisoning on my mind. Since I lived in an area that experienced freezing temperatures, it was not possible to live without heat. It aggravated me that I spent so much on heating bills but was always cold. In the summertime, I never bothered to run turn on the air conditioning Most of these shoddy apartments didn’t even offer the option. Those that did had outdated, corroded, mold infested systems that caused me nose and throat discomfort. Plus, I simply couldn’t afford the electric bill. I chose to open the windows and deal with the noise pollution while sweating profusely. When I finally started earning more money and moved to a nicer apartment, the heating and the cooling systems were a priority for me.