I am so happy to be able to work from home. I don’t need to set my alarm to get up in the morning, dress for the office, or drive to my work site. I also don’t need to worry about icy roads conditions, filling up my gas tank, or punching in and out of a time clock. Now my office attire is sweatpants, the background music is my favorite songs, and I work at my own convenience. In many respects it’s a perfect scenario, but I am responsible for a fair amount of work, as well as I working fairly long hours. It’s not uncommon to be working on weekends or late into the evening, requiring a high standard of productivity. I’ve done my best to minimize distractions, as well as making my environment comfortable. I invested in upgrades to my existing heating and cooling system. Because I live in an part of the country with wide temperature fluctuations, a good heating/cooling system is mandatory just about all year round. By investing in a modern oil furnace and an air conditioner, my home is quite comfortable all year round. Whether the outside temperature drops to ten degrees below zero or climbs into the triple digits, I’m confident that my heating and cooling system can handle it. I even spent a few extra dollars to get Energy Star rated components, significantly reducing my weekly costs. Because both the oil furnace and air conditioner are fairly new, they are both still covered by the manufacturer’s warranty. I don’t have to worry about the expense of problems in the foreseeable future, as a result. Although updating my Heating and A/C system wasn’t cheap, it has definitely made my work-from-home job easier and more enjoyable.