Traditionally, this is the time of year when I become really anxious. This is the time of year where we are looking down the barrel of a heat and humidity gun that is about to go off. Today’s high is 84 degrees. A month from now it will be 98 degrees with matching numbers in humidity percentage. Of course, we’ve had good cooling from the central air conditioning. But it’s been expensive. Summer is the time of year that I like to pretend isn’t really coming for me. Yet this year, I’m serene about the fact that the temperatures are about to sky rocket. And this year, I’m feeling really great about all the air conditioning that I’ll have to use to combat the high heat and humidity. That’s because we had a geothermal heat pump installed this Spring. The old heat pump really did a great job for us. We had that thing for 26 year without it once breaking down. Of course, most of the credit for that goes to all the heating and cooling maintenance that we had done each Fall and Spring. Still, since we aren’t going anywhere and we wanted heating and cooling for the long haul, geothermal heat pumps entered the conversation. The more we looked into this type of heating and cooling equipment, the more it seemed to fit what we envisioned going forward in this house. Thanks to the fact that the geothermal heat pump uses the earth’s temperature to extract heating and cooling energy, we’re in for a cheap Summer. We’ve had the air conditioning on for a month and just got the bill. It’s almost 40 percent less than what we paid last year at this time. And it’s not even really hot yet.