Until I moved south, I’d never heard of an electric heat pump.
I spent the majority of my life in the far north where we dealt with more than six months of winter and temperatures down to twenty-five below zero. An extremely powerful heating system was necessary and a cooling system was a luxury. Most people in the north heat their homes with gas furnaces or boilers. As I’ve come to learn, a heat pump simply can’t handle such low temperatures. Living now in a more moderate climate, a heat pump is the perfect year round solution. The temperature rarely drops below forty degrees and never dips below freezing. The heat pump runs on electricity and works by moving existing heat between the indoors and outdoors. In the winter, it pulls ambient heat out of the outside air and compresses it to a higher temperature to provide heating for the home. In the summer, the operation and flow of refrigerant is reversed. The heat pump acts almost exactly like a conventional air conditioner, extracting heat out of the indoor air and transferring it outside. The process is wonderfully quiet, clean and environmentally friendly. The heat pump doesn’t burn fossil fuels to create heat, so there is no fear or carbon monoxide or other combustion by products. It is very energy efficient and keeps energy costs low. Plus, the heat pump is super effective at combating high humidity and actively works to filter allergens out of the air. Although a heat pump is a fairly large investment, it’s definitely worth it. The one system handles both heating and cooling demands.