My daughter moved to a more Southern point in our Southern State 3 years ago. Even though the cost of living is significantly higher down there, she did not listen to me when I told her if she was going to move she better find a job that paid a lot more. Of course she did not listen, and that is when she discovered that her paycheck did not go very far at all anymore.Her utility bill, heating and cooling bill, is about twice as high as it was up here. In addition, food costs more, her mortgage is twice as much as it was before, and so on. She also learned that even though her house is extremely cute and quite small, the HVAC system was not adequate for cooling her house in the dead of Summer. The HVAC system is pretty inefficient, and a new heating and cooling system is certainly not in the budget. The first time I went to visit I discovered that her thermostat was set on 78. This is a girl who never set her air conditioning higher than 71 when she lived up here. Anyway, I asked her if she wasn’t feeling hot, and she confessed that her air conditioning bill is just too high and she can’t afford it if she sets her thermostat where she likes it. That is when I recommended to her that she get a mini-split AC unit. She had never heard of a mini split air conditioner, and so she looked it up online. She did think that it was a good idea to supplement her central air conditioning with a mini-split AC, but I thought she should just turn off the HVAC system and use only the mini-split AC. Anyway, she decided that the way to go was to just get a supplemental air conditioner for her bedroom. She did not get a mini split air conditioner, instead she got an old fashioned window AC unit. She is happy with it, and I am glad for her. In fact, I hear that she tells people that they should consider extra cooling by getting a small window AC unit for their bedroom. It turns out that even old-fashioned air conditioning is better than being hot and paying through the nose for it.