We had the right answer all along.
It’s just that we couldn’t see it.
But when we did, it was a sweet relief. Like thousands of families across the globe, we opted to lower our expenses when the pandemic was raging. We got sent home from the zone controlled Heating, Ventilation and A/C of the office to work from home. And that came with no bonuses and a pay cut for like 17 months. Yet, we were still able to work inside the air conditioning of our home that first Summer. We were lucky as our other partner lost her job completely. That’s when the panic nearly got the best of us. Her paycheck was just about half of our income and it was now hastily gone. The bungalow we own together comes with a mortgage that was right at the edge of our finances. And now the unthinkable had happened. It’s not like she could just apply and find work because nobody was hiring. My wife was able to get some gig work online and work alongside me inside the central air conditioning. But that didn’t come close to helping us make ends meet. We thought we were going to have to sell the house. When the answer came, it was like an aha moment for both of us. The basement was finished and had its own entrance and a powder room with a shower. All we had to do was have the Heating, Ventilation and A/C professional come out and add a ductless heat pump down there and we could rent it out. That ductless heat pump might have saved our home.