When my hubby & I built our house, both of us made the mistake of trusting the general contractor’s recommendation for a heating & cooling system! We should have done some research into the unusual types of device available.
We should have hired a licensed Heating, Ventilation and A/C contractor to handle the design of the temperature control unit, and instead, both of us ended up with an electric heat pump.
Heat pumps offer a lot of fantastic benefits, however the one system provides both heating & cooling capacity & is exceptionally energy efficient. It operates quietly & is superb for Summer air conditioning & dehumidifying. The heat pump doesn’t burn fossil fuels, so there’s no combustion process or byproducts. We don’t need to worry about hot surfaces, fumes or carbon monoxide, & we’ve certainly reduced our carbon footprint, however unfortunately, the heat pump is only effective in heating mode until the outside temperature drops down to chilly levels, but at that point, there’s not enough ambient heat in the air. In the area where I live, the weather drops below chilly for more than three to many months of the year, my apartment is always freezing, no matter how high I adjust the thermostat. We’ve been forced to add space furnaces to supplement the heat pump. We’ve lived in the apartment for more than three years, & we’re now considering investing into a gas gas furnace. We could still use the heat pump for cooling in the summer, & heating during the fall & Spring seasons. In the winter, we’d need to switch over to the gas furnace; Since both of us are still trying pay off the cost of building the apartment & installing the heat pump, we’re having some difficulty coming up with the money to buy a gas furnace.