When our wifey and I bought our own little house, it was already equipped with a duct system and a forced air furnace for us. The furnace was relatively modern and effectively handled the fairly dire Wintertide weather. Although quite energy efficient, our biweekly heating bills were always still rather high. At that time, there was no means of air conditioning inside the house. For a couple of years, both of us got by with box fans and a janky portable a/c in the master bedroom window. We eventually decided to finally go off and invest in central cooling and hired a local Heating, Ventilation, and A/C contractor for a proper set of recommendations. When he recommended that both of us add a heat pump to the house, I figured he was just trying to make some extra money. Purchasing and installing an all new electric heat pump was a far more upscale project than a conventional a/c system. I then did some research and realized the advantages of the heat pump system, instead. Partnering an electric heat pump with a gas furnace is called a dual fuel system on its own, and saves a significant amount of money on annual temperature control. During the long, humid summer, the heat pump serves as a cooling system however is far more energy efficient than an AC alone. Along with costing less to operate, the heat pump effectively handles so much excess humidity and also uses a multi stage filtration system to optimize the level of air quality. When the weather cools off, the heat pump reverses its entire operation to provide heat. Rather than a combustion process to generate heat, all of a sudden the system takes advantage of ambient heat in the outdoor air and brings it right inside for us. The heat pump costs far less to run than the furnace, helping to trim down our usual biweekly utility bills.
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