My spouse and I raised three kids in a large house in the suburbs. We had typical problems, like all families do, but the feelings associated with memories of that time are love and laughter. The kids used to “help” clean up the leaves throughout the fall by diving into the piles, scattering them across half the lawn, and then raking them together again. The house had plenty of space for parties, slumber parties, as well as an individual room for each child. We had a wonderful lifestyle, and we had a loving marriage. When the kids went to college, we just didn’t need that big house. Just the heating and cooling bills alone was a huge waste of resources, so, as the ultimate manifestation of the energy saving tips we found by searching online, we decided to sell our big house and purchase a smaller one closer to the historic district of town. A lot of the smaller houses in those neighborhoods had unfortunately been torn down and replaced, or remodelled greatly, and those homes that remained typically had gas or oil furnaces, but no central air conditioning. We decided that we would buy one of the several older houses on the market and update it with a central HVAC system for convenience and efficiency. After talking with an HVAC contractor, however, we learned that those houses wouldn’t have air vents in the ceilings because the ductwork for the furnaces would run to registers in their baseboards. If we wanted to install central A/C or a heat pump, we would have to run new ductwork in the ceiling and cut lots of holes in the house. After that, he told us about the option of ductless mini split heat pumps that would work in these types of houses.