The heat pump’s final winter will be this one. Even though we don’t require much heating here, the heat pump worked perfectly when we did. No, that wonderful residential HVAC system has reached its end. Actually, the first actual appliance my wife and I ever bought together was that old heat pump. It was the first improvement we made to the house after purchasing it. Because of our limited budget, we were unable to purchase the most expensive heating and cooling systems. We did, however, receive a really good, middle of the road HVAC unit thanks to our fantastic HVAC company. Once that heat pump was installed, I can still clearly recall feeling so proud. My wife and I had the impression that we owned our home. And in order to safeguard that investment, we ensured that the heat pump heating maintenance was performed each fall. An annual spring air conditioning tune-up was always done after that. We continued to do this every year. There were a few times when I almost wondered how much money we were really spending on HVAC upkeep. But I stuck with it because it felt right and I believed what our HVAC experts had advised. The junior varsity heat pump has now been in use for 29 years, and all the HVAC upkeep has practically paid for itself. We used that old heat pump for heating and cooling for almost ten years longer than expected. Additionally, our high-quality heating and air conditioning never once failed. Yes, 29 years of flawlessly good heating and air conditioning are all due to regular, seasonal HVAC maintenance.