Here is a riddle for you. What do the following things have in common: water, toothbrushes, toilet paper, electricity, health, memory, roads, heating, and air conditioning? Don’t worry. I’ll give you a minute to consider this.

Yes, these are all vital aspects of modern society and you probably use each one on a daily basis. More importantly though, they are all easily taken for granted. It is only when one of these items is taken away from us that their value becomes apparent. Now you can add a lot of things to this list, such as a best friend or your favorite coffee shop. But let us give pause and appreciate heating and air conditioning for being there every time we looked at the temperature and thought, “There is no chance I’m leaving the house.”

The most recorded rainfall in Orangeville on a single day is 84 mm. The record was set Aug. 22 1968.

Orangeville, Ont. on Aug. 3, 1988

Brian Mulroney was the prime minister. “The Flame” by Cheap Trick was on top of the charts. “Cocktail” was on top of the box office and thermometers across Orangeville, Ontario read 35.5 °C. This day turned out to be the hottest day in recorded city history. While we don’t remember the exact details of what we did that fateful Wednesday, we are sure that we were not alone in staying as close as humanly possible to an air conditioning unit.

Orangeville, Ont. on Feb. 18, 1979

The most recorded snowfall in Orangeville on a single day is 30 cm. The record was set on Dec. 12, 1972.

Pierre Trudeau was the prime minister. The first women were enrolled in Canadian military colleges. Roberto Luongo was still three months from being born and once you scrapped the frost of an Orangeville thermometer, it read -36.5 °C. You probably already guessed it, this was the coldest day in recorded city history. Again, we don’t remember exactly what did this day, but considering it was a Sunday, odds are slim that any of us ventured passed the front door. We can say with certainty though that the heating system at home was definitely operating at full capacity.

For our friends that visit our Alliston location, the temperature records are pretty similar. The hottest known day in Alliston is 36 °C on Aug. 8, 2001 and the coldest known day was -35.5 °C on Jan. 16, 1994. Thankfully locals had air conditioning and heating available to negate these record temperature highs and lows. Do not take your HVAC systems for granted. As we enter into the coldest part of the year, make sure your systems are operating smoothly. That way you will never get caught off guard when extreme weather strikes.