I think I must have slept through springtime because it already feels like mid summer outside. It seems like we watched the last of the snow finally melt last week and now everyone is wearing shorts. I know that many people do so just because they are sick of layering during the winter, but, we have had temperatures in the upper 80’s already. The only way to survive the weather in our area is to run some type of HVAC system year round. When I first bought my house, it was only equipped with a forced air furnace. The heat and humidity created such an unpleasant situation that I couldn’t sleep at night. I called up a local HVAC dealer to purchase an air conditioner that could be hooked into my existing system. They recommended that I spend a little more and invest in an electric heat pump. At first, I just thought he was trying to sell me something I didn’t need to get a bigger commision, but, after doing a considerable amount of research, I realized that the higher cost of a heat pump would actually save me money in the long run. During the warmer weather, the heat pump would function as a central cooling system. In the winter, the heat pump would reverse direction and provide energy efficient heating. Running a heat pump is far less expensive than relying on the gas furnace. Rather than burn fossil fuels to generate heat, the heat pump finds ambient warmth in the outside air and transfers it inside. The process clean, safe, and energy efficient. I would say that the only downside is when the weather gets too cold it is no longer effective. I still have my gas furnace that can take over at that point anyway.