Make sure the filter in your HVAC system is situated properly to avoid air gaps

I am overly careful sometimes with trivial tasks, but it’s from having a childhood where a lot of chaos was present throughout the house. My siblings were always yelling, fighting, and breaking my parents’ valuables. I hated hearing them get scolded as much as I hated getting scolded myself, because the anger in my parents’ voices would trigger my anxiety. My mom tells me that I would jump in to defend my siblings when they would act up, insisting that they were “sorry” when they would refuse to acknowledge their transgression. It’s funny thinking about it now, but I guess that’s why I don’t like confrontation and would much rather avoid hearing shouting or verbal fighting of any kind. On one hand, it’s possible I have developed a touch of OCD because of the chaos in my childhood. I get too hung up on details and trivial matters. You might see me spend five minutes trying to perfectly align a painting I have hanging in my living room, just to “get it right” to make myself feel better. Other times this neurotic behavior serves me positively, such as when I went out of my way to properly seat the air filters I put in my HVAC system. I learned that a filter that isn’t seated properly will let air and dust move around it, negating the role of the filter entirely. It’s worth it to spend a few seconds making sure your air filter doesn’t have air gaps around it when you put it in your HVAC system. You might need help from your HVAC tech to see if you need something to wedge it into places.

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