April 23, 2023
Source: Lissa Harris, Substack
Call me crazy: I was ready for the cold snap. Hell, I was excited. When Hudson Valley Weather forecast lows down to -15 Fahrenheit in the Catskills on Friday night, I thought, This is it. This is the one I’ve been waiting for.
I got heat pumps installed last March: a five-unit air source mini-split system, big enough to take over the task of heating my 2,300-square-foot three-story Victorian from my old propane furnace.
The week the heat pumps went in, nighttime temperatures in Margaretville got down to 10 degrees. My new heating system did just fine — and the heat pumps’ performance did a lot to reassure me that I hadn’t made an insane decision in my personal quest to decarbonize. But a 10-degree night is hardly the worst thing Catskills weather can throw at you.