When I was growing up, I had three younger siblings that were at least 5 years younger than me. At sixteen, I was often seen as the “mother” of our family, since both of our parents worked well past the proper 9-5 work schedule six days a week. I would clean the house, delegate chores, but most importantly I would cook for all of us throughout the day. If you haven’t had the satisfaction of cooking for several people, just guess that it’s a great way to heat your home in the Wintertide without needing the actual heating system! We had an outdated gas gas furnace that we practically never used, simply because I had to cook so often & in such crucial volume that we had plenty of heat just from using the dining room stove all day long, but for that same reason, we had a strenuous time keeping the house cool during the summer. We had several window cooling system units, one in our parent’s room & one in the residing room, so we didn’t have much of a way to keep an entire house cooled down aside from leaving windows open all day. Of course, having the windows open meant that a ton of dirt, dust & other outdoor debris would find its way inside! We didn’t have any real ductwork to circulate the air in our home, so we just had to clean the entire house often to keep the air somewhat fresh. It was rough back then, but I’m enthusiastic I have a house of our own now – with an excellent central cooling system system, plus ductwork that I have professionally cleaned by an HVAC serviceman every six weeks. I can’t imagine residing prefer I did as a teenager ever again!