The high noon, desert sun beat down on me as I stepped from my nice, cool car to make the start-of-the-week walk to the front door of my workplace. That short walk from the parking lot to the building seemed excruciatingly long today, as it was the hottest day on record this summer. Usually, when I first walk in that front door, a relieving wave of freezing air hits my face. Our building, after all, has one of the best, state of the art Heating, Ventilation and A/C systems in town, and the air conditioner during the summer is heavenly, especially in a desert city like this. This day, however, I opened the doors wide, expecting, needing, and bracing myself for that cold, blissful wave, and instead felt a furnace, blasting me with sweltering, hot air. This of course, could only mean one thing. The AC was broken, and the Heating, Ventilation and A/C was clearly not functioning properly. I let out a huge sigh, and walked into the lobby, then went into the elevator where I noticed how excruciatingly hot it was in there, even more so than the building around me. When I got to my desk, I found a notice sitting right on top. It turns out that, because our city is located in the desert, the whole building is considered a fire hazard unless properly air conditioned. As it happens, our air conditioner broke over the weekend, and we had been reported to the fire department as a hazard. I now really enjoy the value of having a Heating, Ventilation and A/C maintenance plan so that proper repairs can ensure something like this never happens again. I picked up the phone to call our Heating, Ventilation and A/C provider and sighed my usual start-of-the-week sigh.