When my husband and I moved south, we purchased a home equipped with a heat pump.
Coming from the far north, we had never heard of a heat pump.
We’d always relied on a natural gas furnace for heating and never bothered with air conditioning. Our weather didn’t require a whole-house cooling system. In our new location, the winter weather is mild but still necessitates heating for a couple of months. The summer season is long, hot and humid. I was doubtful that a system combining both heating and cooling would be sufficient to handle the year round demands. The heat pump, however, is absolutely wonderful. It works by simply moving existing heat from one place to another. Even in colder weather, there is sufficient ambient heat outdoors to supply the system. This process eliminates the combustion process, and there’s no worry over fumes, flames or byproducts such as carbon monoxide. Plus, the heat pump avoids greenhouse gases, making it extremely environmentally friendly. In the summer, the system pulls heat out of the house to create a cooling effect. It’s more energy efficient than a conventional air conditioner and better at combating humidity. It keeps our monthly utility costs low and provides exceptional comfort and indoor air quality. The heat pump operates quietly and with annual maintenance, is very reliable. Because it’s a fairly new model, it includes adaptable speed technology which provides for longer run times at lower speeds and achieves more even temperatures. We’re also fortunate enough to have wifi connectivity, allowing us to make adjustments via our smartphones from virtually anywhere.