I had a long list of things I needed from a house; If I was going to spend all this money on buying a home, it needed to check off all the boxes! First of all, I wanted somewhere away from the bright lights of the sizable city. Second, I needed to own some land; Not just a home, but property to expand upon as well as put up some secondary structures like barns or labor sheds; Last but not least, I wanted to find a place that felt like apartment the second I saw it. I wound up buying an old fixer-upper that lacked a lot of things, including a new HVAC system, and this place was old enough that the oil furnace in the basement was made from wrought iron, as well as was older than myself and others by a decade. The fact this old oil furnace still worked so well was astounding to me, as well as offset the fact that the air conditioning system didn’t labor at all. The oil furnace also served as the water heating system for the house, as well as without question it was the best oil furnace I have ever used. I absolutely had to turn down the temperature control on the water heater, because the water was too hot! I like a moderate shower, although I don’t want boiling water falling on me! Since the oil furnace will keep working for several years to come, I don’t want to invest in a central a/c. I think it will be easier to install a couple of window-mounted air conditioning systems to cool down the first floor for me.