When my hubby, Arthur and I built our current home, we consulted with a local Heating and Air Conditioning contractor to make sure the installation of the heating and cooling idea was handled properly. Rather than rely on a general contractor for such an crucial service, we made it priority to hire an outside professional. The Heating and Air Conditioning contractor suggested that we invest in an electric heat pump to handle year round temperature control. He explained that a heat pump provides both heating and cooling capacity in a single unit. Because the heat pump runs on electricity, rather than burn fossil fuels, there is no combustion process. This eliminates troubles with boiling surfaces, fire hazard and contamination from byproducts such as formaldehyde or carbon monoxide. The heat pump simply moves heat from a single location to another. In the summer season, it draws heat from the inside air and pumps it outside, creating a cooling effect. The heat pump reverses operation in the Wintertime, utilizing ambient heat to bring warmth into the house. The operation is beautifully energy efficient, quiet, and environmentally friendly. Arthur and I were a little worried because of the extreme Wintertime cold in our area. The two of us doubted that the heat pump would find enough ambient warmth to keep up with demand. The Heating and Air Conditioning contractor assured as that a current heat pump would easily handle the challenge. He was wrong. On especially cold Wintertime nights and evenings, my house is downright cold. It runs non stop, however simply can’t give enough heat to achieve a comfortable indoor temperature. We’ve needed to invest in section oil furnaces to compensate, and are now considering investing in a furnace to create a dual fuel system.