One of the greatest things about moving south is the weather. I spent the first thirty years of our life in the far north, where the Winter weather was brutal. I relied on a forced air gas furnace for approximately several to 8 weeks out of the year, and spent a fortune in heating bills. The temperature often dipped down to twenty below zero, and the accumulation of snow was a wonderful deal of work. I was forced to shovel out the driveway and sidewalks nearly every single day. While the Summer season was brief, the people I was with and I sporadically got temperatures in the high nineties with ungodly humidity. Between the gas bills while I was in the Winter and electric bills from air conditioner in the summer, I devoted half our budget to utility bills. When I finally moved south, I bought a lake house equipped with an electric heat pump. I’d never heard of a heat pump before, and had no system how it worked. The plan is rather amazing. It provides both heating and cooling capability. It’s easy to switch between cooling and heating mode, and the plan is powerful enough to reach ideal temperature in the current home entirely suddenly. Rather than burn fossil fuel to generate heat, the plan simply moves heat energy from one place to another. During the winter, it gathers heat energy from the outside air, compresses it to a higher temperature and pumps it indoors. In cooling mode, the heat pump extracts heat energy from inside the lake house and sends it outside. This process is charmingly clean, quiet, safe and energy efficient. I pay far less to maintain a comfortable current home all year round. I don’t need to worry about sparks, fumes or the dangers of combustion byproducts, such as carbon monoxide. Plus, the heat pump doesn’t dry out the air in heating mode, eliminating the need for a humidifier. In cooling mode, it works well to dehumidify.