The high noon, desert sun beat down on me as I stepped from my car to make the beginning-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, the hottest day on record this summer. Usually, when I walk in that front door, a beautiful wave of cold air hits my face. Our building, after all, has one of the best HVAC systems in town, and the air conditioning during the summer is heavenly, especially in a desert town like this. Today, I opened the doors wide, expecting, needing, bracing myself that cool, blissful wave, but instead felt a furnace, blasting me with unwelcome, hot air. That could only mean one thing. The thermostat was broken, and the HVAC was not working properly. I gave a sigh, and walked into the lobby. From there, I went into the elevator and 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 there. It turns out that, because our town is located in the desert, the whole building is considered a fire hazard unless properly air conditioned. As it happens, because our A/C broke over the weekend, we have been reported to the fire department as a hazard. I now know the value of having an HVAC service plan so that regular repairs can ensure that something like this never happens again. I picked up the phone to our HVAC provider and sighed my beginning-of-the-week sigh.