It’s funny how I consider my heat pump to be my cooling unit alone. I reside in the South, so the air conditioning is on much of the year. The heat pump does a wonderful job of keeping my house cool. Yet, I never really think of how great it is in the winter. I suppose I simply take it for granted. The heat pump is able to double duty in the winter. A reversing valve in the heat pump switches the flow of the refrigerant to heat a home. This way the heat energy is extracted from the outside air. If it gets really cold, there is an electric panel that heats up to supplement the heating. However, cold snaps where I live are rare. I found that using an electric furnace or radiant heater can cost three times more to us than a heat pump. I was floored by that number. When I was building my house, I chose to put in a pool. My heat pump even heats the water in my pool! I have a desuperheater that uses wasted heat from the heat pump to actually heat my pool and spa. Additionally, I save nearly fours times what it would cost me to heat the pool and spa with an electric heater. It is remarkable. The heat pump is just so efficient as well. To my mind, there is no other choice for HVAC heating and cooling in this climate. I do my part by having my heat pump serviced twice a year. A licensed HVAC technician comes to inspect and tune up the heat pump to insure that it stays in top shape. I could not be happier with my heat pump and all the things it is able to do for me. The heat pump is a valuable and versatile HVAC system.