There are those who move to this region and celebrate like crazy that the days of gas furnaces and all that heating expense are all over.
Aside from the occasional visit to their homes, they say they’ll never leave the land of the heat pump.
Then when I talk to them in August, the tune is a bit different. Some have already packed up and moved back where they came from. The heat and humidity were just too much and not worth living through for the rest of the perfect weather. I’ve seen it happen over and over. But, moving here can be a real shock when June rolls around. The winter is bliss with very little need for the heat pump to produce much heating. And the spring is so wonderful. The temperatures get creeping up a bit but nothing turning on the air conditioning can’t handle. Then bam, the heat hits around mid May and it stays and stays. Just about each day sees temperatures in the high nineties and even higher. So many new folks go right inside and crank the heck out of the HVAC cooling. This sort of compounds the problem. For one, the cooler the house, the hotter it feels when you have to go outside. And keeping the HVAC cooling cranked will also cost a whole bunch of money. So I do my best to help prepare new folks that the first summer is intense but just do your best to go with it as it gets easier and easier.