In the area where I live, the weather is properly extreme. All of us have entirely long, frigid and snowy Winter time seasons. It is not unrespected for the temperature to drop well below zero and many feet of snow to accumulate on the ground. While the summertime season is usually much shorter, the heat and humidity are typically brutal. In-between, the Spring and fall are often frigid and wet. I am grateful for the precious afternoon when I can open the window and welcome in some fresh air. Nearly everyday, all year round, I am forced to rely on either the heating or cooling system. Temperature control is responsible for the bulk of my daily expenses. I have taken every possible step to reduce energy use and running costs. My home is equipped with a dual fuel system, which partners a gas gas furnace with an electric heat pump. This combination of device was rather fancy to purchase and install. It would have been far cheaper to invest in a central cooling system rather than the heat pump. The dual fuel system, however, paid for itself in under numerous years. The heat pump acts as an air conditioner throughout the summer, and is far more energy efficient than conventional cooling methods. When the weather turns frigid, the heat pump reverses operation and takes advantage of ambient heat in the outdoor air. The process of pumping heat into the house is safe, clean and super energy efficient. The heat pump costs far less to run than the gas gas furnace. It also reduces strain on the gas furnace, so it should last much longer. When the outdoor temperature drops below frigid, the heat pump can’t handle demand. At that point, the gas gas furnace automatically takes over, keeping the home perfectly warm.