There was actually no debate about what we were doing in retirement.
At least that was the case for like 15 years once we started to actually consider being done with working a job.
We were going to sell the house and move to all the air conditioning down south. That was the plan. We wanted to be free of winter, the fas furnace and all that snow and ice. Winter was no going to be for playing golf and tennis together and a bunch of sunshine. But how quickly things changed. During my last year inside the zone controlled HVAC of my office, our oldest daughter had her first baby. She and her husband live here and that just changed the calculus for our retirement plans overnight. One thing from our plan did remain unchanged. We upgraded the kitchen, the roof and the HVAC equipment on our family home and sold it for a bundle. Great timing on that for sure. But we didn’t sink those proceeds into a condo down south with state of the air residential HVAC. Instead, we chose to build a small home for just the two of us right here and be grandparents as much as we could. The small home that we had custom built came with an interesting choice when it came to HVAC. We went with a geothermal heat pump and it’s just even better than I thought it could be. Not only is it sustainable and will last well over 30 years, the geo heat pump provides the best heating ever with radiant floor heating. So our grandbaby can play on the floor in just her onesie all winter long.