I think one of the greatest inventions of modern times is an electric heat pump.
I had never heard of this type of temperature control system until I moved south a couple of years ago. My new house is equipped with a heat pump. I was surprised to learn that the single, compact unit was capable of handling both heating and cooling. It doesn’t burn fuel to generate heat but simply makes use of existing heat. Even when the weather is cold, the heat pump finds ambient heat in the air. It uses a compressor to bring the heat to a higher temperature and then transfers it inside. This process is wonderfully safe and environmentally friendly. It doesn’t create carbon monoxide, fumes or greenhouse gases. There are no dangerously hot surfaces or concerns over insufficient humidity. During the summer months, heat pumps literally reverse the flow of refrigerant. It operates very much like a conventional air conditioner, pulling heat out of the house and pumping it outside. However, the heat pump is better at dehumidification. As a top-of-the-line heat pump, the model I have features adaptable-speed technology. It automatically changes capacity to meet demands. By running most often at lower speeds, it maintains a more consistent indoor temperature. No matter what the weather brings, we enjoy perfect year round comfort. The heat pump is very energy efficient, keeping both our carbon footprint and monthly utility bills at a minimum. My husband and I couldn’t be happier with the heat pump. I especially like having one the one unit to take care of.