When my mom bought her retirement house in rural Florida, she had three major house hunting guidelines: flooding history, type of roof, and the condition of the HVAC. She wanted to find a house that had little history of flooding. Finding a house with no flooding is nearly impossible unless it’s brand new, but she wanted at least thirty years ago and less than three times. The roof was simple–metal so it wouldn’t sustain too much damage in a hurricane. Unlike her previous life up north, she had to contend with central AC in addition to central heating. Unlike boilers, there is no way to avoid ductwork with air conditioning system. Forced air HVAC technology requires a lot of upkeep to insure that its in great working order, and Mom doesn’t trust people not to be lazy and mess things up. So, any house that passed the roofing test and no history of flooding was then inspected by an HVAC contractor. The heating and air conditioning business checked out the air duct, the condenser, and both the heating and cooling components to check for wear and tear. The HVAC company was also able to conclude on how many more years they believed were left in the heating and cooling system as a whole. Mom didn’t want perfect, just long enough that she could save up for a good replacement. She settled on a house with a metal roof that had only been flooded twice, with a heating and air conditioning system that would last for at least five more years. House hunting was a long process, but she was able to find a perfect fit that she still loves even today.