When I moved from the north to the south, I was amazed by electric heat pumps.
I’d never heard of this type of temperature control before. In my former location, we were only concerned about the winter weather. The sub zero temperatures and snow lasted for the majority of the year and heating was a priority. My house was outfitted with a forced air furnace. We never had a central cooling system. After too many years of shoveling snow, scraping ice and bundling up in heavy gear to step outside, I decided to relocate to warmer weather. I started touring houses for sale and was surprised when the real estate agent pointed out the heat pump. She definitely indicated that the heat pump was an asset. I had no idea what the real estate agent was talking about. I googled it and learned that a heat pump is a unit that combines heating and cooling capacity. It runs on electricity and works by transferring heat between the indoors and outdoors. In the summer the heat pump operates almost exactly like a conventional air conditioner. When the temperature cools down, the system reverses the flow of refrigerant. It pulls ambient heat from the outdoor air and delivers it indoors. The process is especially environmentally friendly, safe and clean. The system doesn’t burn fossil fuels, so there’s no concern over fumes, hot surfaces or the production of greenhouse gasses. A heat pump helps to combat excessive humidity, filter contaminants from the air and keep running costs low. I bought a house equipped with a heat pump, and I’ve been very happy with it.