When our partner, Paul and I moved down south, the two of us had never heard of a heat pump. We’d lived our whole lives in the northeastern area of the country, and heated our loft with a forced air oil furnace. We’d never had a need for a central cooling system, and managed our summer time comfort with box fans, open windows and portable a/cs. Paul and I moved to an space where the weather never dips below chilly. It gets chilly enough that the two of us need some type of heating for a few weeks, and the two of us definitely require air conditioning for the summer. The outside temperature occasionally climbs up into the triple digits, and the humidity is horrendous. The beach house the two of us purchased is equipped with an electric heat pump. This innovative system combines heating and cooling capacity into a single unit. It does not burn fossil fuels to generate heat, however runs actually on electricity. This avoids the concern over combustion byproducts, such as formaldehyde, carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide. It also is certainly environmentally friendly and helps minimize our carbon footprint. The heat pump simply moves heat from 1 location to another. During the summer time weeks, the heat pump acts almost exactly enjoy a central cooling system. It extracts heat from inside the loft and pumps it outdoors, creating a cooling effect. In the winter, the heat pump actually reverses operation, finding ambient heat in outdoor air, con important it to a higher temperature and delivering it indoors. This process is clean, safe, quiet, and lovely energy efficient. Plus, the heat pump does a fantastic work of combating excess humidity while the two of us were in cooling mode, and effectively filters the indoor air.