When my husband and I built our home, we looked into all different types of temperature control.
- Although the weather is fairly mild in our area, it requires both heating and cooling.
We considered a forced air furnace and central air conditioner combination, but were reluctant to sacrifice so much space to the equipment. Plus, we worried about all the drawbacks of ductwork. A duct system requires quite a bit of upkeep to prevent energy waste and issues with indoor air quality. Because of my husband’s severe allergies, we hoped to find something that would keep the home as clean and healthy as possible. We started looking into electric ground-source heat pumps, but were initially scared off by the price. Purchasing and installing an electric heat pump is more expensive than most conventional styles of heating and cooling equipment. However, they are exceptionally energy efficient. We decided that the low cost of operation would quickly offset the investment. The benefit of a heat pump is that the single unit provides both heating and cooling capability. The system operates a lot like a refrigerator, moving heat from one place to another. During the summer months, it air conditions by pulling heat from the home and pumping it outdoors. In the winter, the heat pump gathers ambient heat from the outdoor air and transfers it inside. Because it doesn’t burn fossil fuels, there’s no combustion byproducts, such as carbon monoxide. The heat pump is wonderfully safe, clean and environmentally friendly. It also helps by filtering contaminants out of the indoor air. It does a great job of dehumidifying during warmer weather and won’t dry out of the air in heating mode.