Our heat pump died last winter, which was okay cuz we heat with wood most of the time anyway. This summer has been mighty hot and we finally got to the point where we were willing to part with money to get AC going again. The first guy that came out got it going for $450. He seemed incompetant and now it turns out to be true. It worked for about a day. The second guy came out and said the compressor is shot. Replacing a compressor is $1800 just for the part. A whole new heat pump is $2000 just for the part. At that price I think it's time to figure out options. In the winter I like to set the thermostat to 50 degrees and keep a wood fire going. The thermostat that low just makes sure we won't get any freezing pipes issues. And for the A/C... well, I'm stumped. I guess the heat pump during the winter would be cheaper than regular electric heat. But hopefully, that use is so minimized it shouldn't make much difference. We're planting shade trees near the house and this year we've cut poles to use to build a wrap around porch next year or the year after. We've already taken steps to cover all windows with insulation during the day. I dunno. $2000 is a big chunk of change. I was trying to save up to get a portable sawmill this year. But this will break the bank. The guy that owned this place before me pinched pennies till they screamed, so it makes me think I should stick with the heat pump approach. Any advice?