Heat pumps are better for the environment than gas or fuel furnaces

I hate to admit that I was not worried nearly enough about the environment in previous years.

There is no excuse because I’m young and was raised in an environmentally-conscious society.

One of the earliest memories of a school project was during Earth Day in kindergarten. We made images of globes with cut-out construction paper and learned about water conservation and air pollution. But in the years since I have become lazy and complacent with my attitude towards climate change. I shouldn’t be using so many single-use plastic products, especially when they’re not even necessary. It’s easy to use garbage bags indiscriminately and end up with a box of bags every week going into the landfill. Until I can become more energy independent from fossil fuels, I’m going to find the most efficient ways to be a consumer within this world of constant pollution. If you’re going to change your energy consumption, it’s best to start with the thing that amounts to almost 50% of all energy use nationwide—indoor climate control. There are a lot of people who know air conditioners should be replaced after 15 years; not just because the machine wears down in this period, but also because newer HVAC systems are more energy efficient. Air conditioners might not be as drastic of an example of this principle compared to heat pumps in the world of furnaces. A fan-forced electric furnace or a single or dual-fuel system is going to cost a lot of money to operate compared to a basic heat pump. If you can afford the huge cost of installing a geothermal heat pump, your energy expenses for winter heating will be even lower.

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