When I moved down south, one of my favorite things about my new home was the heat pump. I had always lived way up north, where the weather is typically cold and snowy. I always had a forced air furnace that ran for the majority of the year. The furnace tended to overly dry out the air, leading to problems with static electricity, chapped lips, and sore throat. Plus, the forced air system introduced contaminants into the air, irritating my allergy symptoms. Because the summer season was so short, we didn’t bother with air conditioning. We simply set up portable fans in all of the bedrooms and opened the windows. I hated the safety risk of open windows, and it was frequently difficult to get to sleep because of the heat and humidity. I absolutely love handling the temperature control in my new home with an electric heat pump. The heat pump combines both heating and cooling capacity, so it maintains perfect temperature year round. In the summer, it operates just like an air conditioner, extracting heat and pumping it outside. In the winter, the heat pump reverses operation, drawing ambient heat from outside air and delivering it inside. The heat pump doesn’t overly dry the air in heating mode and combats humidity in cooling mode. It is extremely energy efficient, runs quietly, and doesn’t introduce air contaminants. It also features a multi-stage filtration system which traps airborne particulate to improve indoor air quality. Because the system doesn’t burn fossil fuels to create heat, there is no risk of combustion byproducts, such as carbon monoxide or fumes.