I used to have no idea what winter was really about.
- I wasn’t even close to understanding! Growing up in the South, where a heat pump was all that was needed for heating, I had a wondrous idea of what winter was.
Like the Christmas cartoons of my youth, I tagged it as fluffy snow and sledding and similar things. The truth about changing temperatures had no influence on how I viewed a winter in the North. That’s changed, and it’s been quite a wake-up call for me. My wife’s mom lives in the North, and is getting to the point in her advancing years that she needs more care. So, staying in the South wasn’t an option for her. When my wife had the chance to take a job less than an hour away from her mom, it was an easy decision to accept. (I work from home, so I can work from anywhere). I support my wife on this. Living in the North is only temporary, so eventually we’ll be back to our heat pump and air conditioning in the summer. Until then, I am figuring out how to heat our home inexpensively. With the help of our very helpful neighbors, I’ve learned that it’s about keeping our home insulated. With no drafts, it’s easier to control the temperature. This is our third winter here in the frozen North and I’m already busy maintaining our HVAC system.
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