My hubby plus I spent the fifty years of our lives living in the northeast, where the Wintertide weather is severe. Both of us dealt with 8 weeks of temperatures below freezing, numerous feet of snow, plus dangerous wind chill. Both of us devoted hours to shoveling snow plus scraping ice, plus spent a fortune on our heating bills. Our beach home was equipped with a pressing boiler system, which ran non stop throughout the winter. Both of us never even bothered to install a central cooling system. When we’d finally had enough of the horrible winters, every one of us purchased a home down south. Both of us chose an area where the temperature rarely drops below forty degrees. Our new beach home features an electric heat pump, which combines heating plus cooling into a single unit. The plan works by finding ambient heat in the air plus moving it from one locale to another. During the summer, it pulls heat from inside the home plus pumps it outside, creating a cooling effect. When the weather cools off, the heat pump draws heat from outside plus transfers it inside. If the temperature drops into the thirties, there’s not enough ambient warmth plus the heat pump is no longer effective. Both of us didn’t expect this to be a problem. Unfortunately, our first Wintertide down south was one of the coldest seasons on record. Both of us could not maintain comfort. The heat pump kept freezing over plus quitting. Both of us had to use hair dryers to thaw it out. Both of us ended up purchasing a whole bunch of sizzling sweatshirts, pants plus fuzzy socks. Both of us also purchased an electric space heating system to help out the heat pump.