I couldn’t believe it when they stationed me in most northern part of our country.
It was a lovely area and a lot of space to roam during the summer.
When winter came, I thought my wife was going to take the kids and move. This was a permanent placement for me until I retired. I talked her into staying through winter, and she could leave next year, if she still wanted to. I knew she wasn’t leaving me, but the weather. The first thing I did when we got our house, was have the HVAC system checked. I wanted two working HVAC systems. If one furnace failed, I had another system to fall back on. I asked if they could install a heat pump, and the HVAC technician looked at me like I was crazy. He wanted to know if I realized how cold it got up here? I thought it was near zero, but I wasn’t sure. He laughed and told me to try minus forty degrees. That didn’t include the wind chill. He said he could install a heat pump for spring, summer, and maybe some of fall, but we could only use it for about four months a year. It got too cold for the heat pump. When I mentioned how it would be good for air conditioning, the HVAC technician laughed again. He said we might need it a week or two and wanted to know if I wanted to spend that kind of money for that length of time. He suggested a traditional HVAC system. He would include air conditioning if I really wanted it, but he was sure a few windows open with fans would be more than enough.