The weather in Albuquerque is so mild that I can sometimes go without winter heating

I just moved to Albuquerque from the northeast, and barely missed one of the worst winter blizzards on record.

My parents were snowed in at their house and lost power for two days, but were otherwise okay because of their storm generator and wood stove to keep warm. I was really worried about them because they lost cell phone service as well and I had no idea if they were even okay and alive until the storm passed and the power was restored. I would rather avoid this kind of weather altogether, which makes Albuquerque a great place to live. We get lows into the 20s during winter, which is easily cold enough for snowfall. However, we typically get a light dusting of snow compared to the northeast where my parents live. And whenever we have a mild day with warmer weather, I don’t even have to use my central heater! Since I have a heat pump, I barely pay as much for indoor heating to begin with. Heat pumps are popular in Albuquerque because they give you an air conditioner and a central furnace in one single machine. In both cases you’re utilizing the refrigerant cycle to transfer heat from one location to another. When it’s time to cool your house, heat is pulled through the refrigerant to the compressor outside to be released into the air. To heat your house, the process is reversed and any ambient heat in the outdoor air will be absorbed and released into your house. Aside from being both economical and effective, I have heard that heat pumps are much more environmentally friendly as well. Either way, you couldn’t get me to switch back to a regular furnace even if you offered to pay me.
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