Right after my husband, Mike and I got married, we started looking for a house to buy. Although we didn’t want to waste money on rent, we had a very limited budget. We found an extremely small house on a nice plot of land that we could afford. Mike and I were thrilled with our little house. I could clean the entire place, from top to bottom, in under an hour. It cost us very little for household upkeep and in utility bills. A small heating and cooling system managed to maintain perfect temperature, and used very little energy. In the last six years, we’ve added three children and two large dogs to our family, and our house became extremely cramped. We built a large addition on the house, and struggled to figure out how to heat and cool the new space. We knew our existing furnace and air conditioner couldn’t handle the extra workload. Plus, we didn’t want to sacrifice so much space to ductwork. We started looking for a compact, energy efficient, and inexpensive means of temperature control. A local HVAC contractor recommended a ductless heat pump, which combines heating and cooling into a single system. The system is comprised of an outdoor compressor linked to multiple indoor air handlers by conduit. It required little more than a small hole in an exterior wall and access to electricity. The air handlers are lightweight, with a slim profile and mounted high up on the wall in the separate rooms, allowing zoned heating and cooling. Despite the small size, the ductless heat pump is quite powerful, wonderfully quiet and super energy efficient.