Back home with my heat pump

It’s sure been quite the odyssey.

But, I don’t think I would have had it any other way.

After 25 years, I’m settling again here near where I grew up. All of my adult life has been spent overseas helping improve developing nations. And while it has been hugely satisfying to do that work, I’m ready to stay put for a bit. Yet, that’s coming with plenty of culture shock. Just operating the heat pump in my new house is something that I’m trying to get accustomed to. I probably should have gone with the smart thermostat so I didn’t have to do much of anything with the heat pump at all. Where I live is in a part of the country where air conditioning is like oxygen for most people. The HVAC cooling comes on in March and stays on into November here. That too has been a bit hard to get my head around. I’ve been living in places where there really wasn’t any sort of residential HVAC to speak of really. There were a few evaporative coolers in some of the places I lived. And a few of the government buildings actually had commercial HVAC. However, by and large, I just did without modern HVAC cooling from a heat pump. It sometimes wasn’t ideal but it sure wasn’t pure misery either. Like anything that doesn’t kill you, I got used to it. That’s what’s so ironic at this point in my life. I’m having to get accustomed to convenience on a scale that I’m neither accustomed to nor comfortable with. Now, if I could just figure out how to program the digital thermostat I’d be doing a bit better.

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