One of the side effects of having been financially on the edge for as long as we were is that spending large amounts of money gives me palpitations. I now loathe owing money on anything. Once burned, twice shy I guess. Mind you, I think we’ve done very well with payment plans the last few years. I’ve gotten quite good at buying things on "no payment, no interest" credit and paying them off early. I figure that if Home Depot/Lowes/Bassett want to let me use their money for free for six months or a year, I’ll take them up on it. But this is the biggest number we’ve gotten involved with that isn’t the house or a car. Makes me nervous. But they too are offering the no interest financing, CL&P is offering an incentive that’ll be in four figures, and we might be able to deduct it as an energy improvement. I’m not sure about that last one, though. It may have expired. We also got a couple of hundred dollars off for having it installed in one of their empty slots when they didn’t have any work.
So we’ll have the compressor/condenser units against the back of the house where the old propane tank was. There are even convenient mature shrubs to hide them. There will be one indoor unit in the kitchen for the downstairs, and one in our bedroom (over the bed, blowing directly on me) for the upstairs. If we decide after this summer that we want a wall unit in the living room, we can have that put in next year. If we decide that the library needs one – that can go in next year. That flexibility is one of the things I like about this system.
Nishka is going to be disappointed though – with the air coming from ceiling level, she won’t be able to sit directly in front of the vent and let the cold air blow through her fur. Life is really hard when you’re the cat.