I was sort of always under the impression that once we retired, it was off to the sun and great weather of the south.
I mean this had been the stated goal for decades. Shoot, my wife and I had even chosen a region where we wanted to retire. I was all ready to get my HVAC cooling on. But then there were grandbabies and that changed everything. Our daughter married a local guy. They went to rival highschools but met in college of all things. They decided to start their life together not 20 minutes away from us. Even then, I was ready to trade the gas furnace for the heat pump once I turned in my retirement papers. But then my daughter had the two most beautiful daughters there have ever been. The idea of trading the heating for the cooling suddenly wasn’t as easy a choice as it had been. So we chose to build a smaller home here and stay put. And if our choice of heating and cooling equipment doesn’t say we’re staying, I don’t know what does. We chose to go with a geothermal heat pump. These heating and cooling systems are expensive but they are the most efficient, cost saving HVAC units you can find. I wasn’t so sure that a geo heat pump would stand up to the winter. But that worry was wasted energy. The geo heat pump uses the near constant temperature of the earth to extract heat energy. And that temperature stays between 50 and 60 degrees. Plus, this heating and cooling equipment will be around probably after we’re gone. That’s how long this system lasts. So we are here to stay.