When my honey and I first moved down here, it was all about the sunshine, fantastic weather, and getting outside.
- That’s the way it is for every couple that retires to the south.
Our entire adult lives were spent in a region where the winters were brutal and came with a heavy dose of heating from a gas furnace. Of course, the older we got, the more the effects of that sort of winter season took hold. It got to the point where even outstanding residential heating, ventilation, and A/C wasn’t enough to certainly keep us comfortable during those brutal winters. So we started making plans to retire to the land of the heat pump about six years before we retired, and in a way that was the smartest way to go about it. It was fantastic to be able to have all that time to find just the right venue and just the right house. Of course, when you live where the winter season weather allows you to be outside almost every afternoon, there is not a fantastic demand for heating. In fact, the heat pump pretty much stays quiet all winter. But of course, there’s a trade off as we need lots more a/c than we ever have in our life. But we did another certainly smart thing when we first moved down here; we added a sunroom to our home and that is even coming in handy now that we’ve been here and retired for 12 years. There are days where I want to get some sunlight, however it’s just too hot outside. So having a ductless heat pump inside the sunroom allows myself and others to still get our sunlight dose with an equal dose of a/c.