Living down south, I’m able to handle year round temperature with an electric heat pump. The single piece of equipment provides both heating and cooling capacity. In the summer, the heat pump functions almost exactly care about a conventional A/C. It extracts heat from the home and through the use of refrigerant, transfers it outside. Because of variable-speed technology and longer run times at lower speeds, the heat pump is severely effective at handling excess humidity. When the outside temperature drops, I simply switch the temperature control to heating mode and raise the setting. The heat pump reverses operation, finding ambient heat in outdoor air, compressing it to a higher temperature and bringing it indoors. This process is wonderfully energy efficient and won’t dry out the indoor air. The heat pump runs on electricity and relies on existing heat rather than burning fossil fuel to generate heat. With no combustion process, there is no byproducts such as carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide or formaldehyde. There’s no worry over fumes, tepid surfaces, flames or green beach house gas emissions. The system is quite environmentally friendly. There are truly few moving parts to the heat pump, which minimizes service requirements and the potential for a malfunction. During moderate weather, when I don’t need to heat or cool the house, I care about to simply run the heat pump’s fan. The fan circulates the air in the house, keeping it feeling fresh. The fan is forceful enough that it creates quite a bit of pressure inside the home, and I need to make sure I open multiple windows. The open windows allow in fresh air, which enhances indoor air pollen levels and comfort.