When I got my first house, I knew I was going to be in over my head as far as renovations go. My realtor said it, my friends and parents said it, and every contractor I’ve spoken to said so too. Most of them wondered why I even purchased a house in such awful shape, when I could buy a house that’s nice and completely furnished with appliances. After all, this house didn’t even have a working furnace, or even any window-mounted air conditioners, and there were vent registers simply glued to the walls and no genuine ducts. Here’s the thing though – if you didn’t put enough of your own flair into your home’s appearance, then your home isn’t necessarily your home! That might not make sense to you, but what I’m saying is that your home should be something you’re always modifying for the better. Plus, the mortgage for this house was abysmally low, so I knew I’d have the money available to make each renovation as I transformed the house. After I had pest control come and entirely bug and pest-proofed the house, I called my HVAC contractor to get an appointment and talk about options for HVAC units. When he arrived, he suggested three possible scenarios. One was the conventional forced air system, which was centralized and provided decent heating and cooling capabilities. Next was an evaporative cooling system and boiler with radiant heating, which was a most cost-effective choice. Last, he introduced me to the geothermal heat pump, which uses the soil’s stable temperature to circulate hot or cold air into or out of the house, based on the season. This system had the highest cost for installation, but was arguably the most efficient of all. With so many options, I had to think it over for a bit!