My wife and I got married just last month. We’re the typical newlyweds, fresh from our honeymoon and deeper in love than ever before. We make our friends and family sick with the excessive affection we have for each other, but that’s just how the game works when you love someone the way I love my wife! That devotion bleeds into how we tackle obstacles, both common and special, and it particularly affects how we view the process of buying a home. Before her, I used to be terrified of the idea of laying down roots and being chained to one spot on the Earth, but that doesn’t bother me anymore with my love at my side. We’ve narrowed down our home search to one of two options now: Both houses are lovely three-bedroom homes, and both recently had their roofs redone. In fact, the houses are incredibly similar except for one trait – the first house uses an oil furnace, while the second makes use of a gas furnace. We had no idea what the difference was until we asked one of our friends in the HVAC industry, and his explanation was simple enough – oil furnaces have incredible longevity, and can easy outlive two brand-new gas furnaces twice over. They don’t heat the house as effectively as a gas furnace would, but that’s okay with the wife and I – we aren’t prone to chills, so a house that can at least get moderately warm is plenty for us. I think we’ll be making our decision next week, and telling the realtor that we want the house with the oil furnace. Hopefully we don’t find out the oil furnace is already in it’s teenage years!