When I first started looking into having central air conditioning installed into my home, I’d never heard of a dual fuel system. I called up a local HVAC contractor to get an estimate, and he recommended a heat pump instead of an air conditioner. Since a heat pump costs a whole lot more, I was skeptical. However, I looked into the benefits of a heat pump and decided the extra expense was worth it. A heat pump provides both heating and cooling capacity. It acts like an air conditioner in the summer and switches to heating mode when the temperature cools off. The system is especially energy efficient. It costs less to run than a conventional air conditioner or the furnace. It is all better at dehumidifying in the summer and won’t dry out the air in the winter. The heat pump works by moving existing heat between the house and the outdoors. It pulls heat out of the house to create a cooling effect. It finds ambient heat in the outdoor air and pumps it inside to warm up the house. Because it avoids the combustion process, there’s no greenhouse gases or carbon monoxide to worry about. This makes the heat pump especially safe, environmentally friendly and clean. The drawback of a heat pump is that it can’t handle demand when the weather drops below freezing temperatures. In my local area, that’s a frequent problem. At that point, the furnace automatically takes over. No matter what the weather brings, my house is perfectly comfortable. I save money on utility bills.