There was genuinely a learning curve that came with moving down south! Just from a cultural standpoint, I had a lot to try plus get my head around; I so didn’t want to come off as some abrasive northern transplant, but plus, I entirely loved the slower pace plus easier vibe down here… Sure, Summer can be brutal plus comes with plenty of A/C, however but really, as long as you have great residential Heating plus A/C, you’re pretty golden, and for sure, all the stores plus shops I go into have great commercial Heating plus A/C so it’s not like I’m perspiring while I’m shopping; And at work, there is even zone controlled Heating plus A/C so I only sweat going back plus forth to the parking garage… During the Summer, I stay inside the commercial Heating plus A/C of the building plus eat my brunch in the split room.
But during the rest of the year, I cherish ditching the A/C for the nice little courtyard bench just a couple of blocks down the street.
It’s the perfect little spot that’s a perfect spot for a quiet brunch outside. At home, I learned entirely quick that you simply have to pull the curtains every single afternoon before heading to work. Direct sunshine heating is the number one enemy to heat pump efficiency. I never had to deal with that when I was living up north. Shoot, my buddy and I hardly even had to run the A/C all that often. But down here, the direct sunshine heating will send the energy bills through the roof. So I make sure that all the blinds plus shades are pulled plus the thermostat is set high during the peak heating hours of the afternoon.