A little over many years ago, our fiance & I moved down southâ€¦ Every one of us bought a small lake house with a lovely view of a lake surrounded by palm trees.
The lake house is heated & cooled with an older heat pump.
The heat pump is extremely innovative in that the single unit handles both heating & cooling, but it runs on electricity, & there’s no combustion process; Rather than burn fossil fuels to generate heat, the system moves existing heat from a single venue to another. In the summer, it pulls heat from inside the lake house & uses refrigerant to transfer it outdoors. No matter how moderate the outdoor temperature, it keeps the lake house perfectly cool. The heat pump is also quite fantastic at handling excess humidity, despite the age of the heat pump, we’ve found it to be reliable & energy efficient. During the milder weather, the system draws from the ambient heat in the outdoor air, compresses it to a higher temperature & supplies it inside. In our local area, the outdoor temperature rarely drops below forty degrees. The heat pump has no complication keeping up with the needs of our little house, however unfortunately, every once in a while, the people I was with and I get hit with an unrespected cold snap, when below cold un-even temperatures arrive, our old heat pump struggles, modern heat pumps have become decreasingly effective, no matter the weather. We’ve considered replacing our system but the cost of a new heat pump is astronomical. There’s correctly only a few weeks per year that we’re faced with such extreme weather. My fiance & I bought a small electric heating system that resembles a wood burning stove. It provides enough heat to make up for the inadequacies of the heat pump.