Having only recently moved out of my family home, I am still learning about the burden of having to maintain your own place. I never realised how many things you have to do in order to make your home liveable. I moved out at the start of the year for university. I lived out in the country on my family’s property which was 2 hours away from campus. Everyday I took 2 buses and the train in order to get to a few hours of lectures. To say it was both emotionally draining and physically exhausting would be an understatement. Sure you can argue it’s a first world problem. But then I would look at my friends and classmates, most of which only live a mere 30 minutes away from the city and then I’d get annoyed again.
Public transport is a great time to catch up on sleep and all, but imagine what else I could be doing with that time. My contact hours aren’t the greatest so I need all the time I can get to catch up on my content. I can’t really write out equations and formulas on the train unfortunately. So after working enough shifts at the deli I’m employed at, I applied for a university lodging room which would be right next to campus. I was ecstatic. No more having to wake up 3 hours before a class in order to get to school on time. I was able to go to and from university just by walking out my front door.
What I didn’t anticipate was having to deal with all the responsibilities that come with having your own place. In particular, the air conditioning and ducted heating systems. Given that Melbourne weather isn’t the greatest, we’ve had extremes of both the summer seasons and winter. Luckily my room was well equipped with the air conditioner and portable heater but i still had to organise through the university to get both systems serviced every 6 months or so.
At first, I didn’t see the need. If it works, then why does it need a check up? But then I researched all the possible risks associated with not servicing. Poor circulation caused by a broken air conditioner can lead to problems with asthma and allergies. For someone with serious hay fever, that was pretty daunting. There were also links because various illnesses and diseases and I was not comfortable with taking that risk. I started looking for reliable air conditioning in Melbourne so that I can have my unit serviced properly.
Now that I have an air conditioning unit that is fully serviced, I am sure I’m not in danger of anything. It’s better to be safe than sorry.