I told my dad that my hubby and I were looking into heat pumps for our Couples Retreat Shed, and he gave me such a lecture! He thought that if we got a heat pump, it would be totally useless where we live. Well, a few years ago he would have been right, but now times are changed. Still, I understand where he’s coming from, so I just took a breath on the phone and let him get it all out of his system. The main point he kept getting back to was the breaking point for a lot of people with heat pumps five years ago–the operating temperature. Back then, a heat pump was only good to 40 degrees Fahrenheit. After that, anything colder and it just wouldn’t work. Instead of bringing in nice hot air, it would bring in luke warm air. Fortunately, recent advances in HVAC technology have made heat pumps far better than ever before. Not only can todays heat pumps derive energy from the water or the ground, as well as the air, but they can do so in temperatures as low as 17 degrees! That’s incredible, especially considering the difference of 23 degrees just five years ago. Once I explained to my dad that the technology was so much more advanced and it would run just that low, he was relieved and totally supportive. He’s even going to give us some money towards the heat pumps as our Christmas gift this year. I can’t wait to have the Couples Retreat Shed totally heated, so I can write and he can read, without the kids screaming every five minutes.