My buddy runs a branch of a popular chain of stores in our city. The springtime seems to be coming in earlier this year, so everybody is out shopping ‘till they drop. Eager to replace items used in the cold season, these range from lighter, cooler clothing to seeds for the garden. The warmth is bringing us all back to life! And yet, this store is still heated like it’s the coldest Winter day. After the cold season had passed, the store was still rife with hot air, much to the discomfort of most people there. It was like this because the store is regulated by a heat pump, rather than a typical central air unit. Heat pumps are used mainly in fair climates, not areas with extreme temperatures. They’re much more energy efficient than most Heating and A/C units, as the heat pump functions by shifting hot air to cool spaces, or cool air to warm spaces. Better yet for those afflicted with allergies, it’s even better at dehumidifying and purifying the air. Instead of generating heat and cool air, heat pumps move the air from inside to outside or the reverse. In the case of my friend’s store, there was some confusion with the thermostat. Guess that’s why it felt like a warehouse in July! The cool air was being cancelled out by hot air coming from the heat pump. Hopefully my buddy gets his pump fixed soon. Though I’ve constantly preferred the summer to the winter, this heat can be the worst.