We debated over what type of heating and cooling plan we wanted to install when we built our new house. Since we live in an area where heating is a big priority, it’s important. This is because for the most part, the weather up here is freezing cold and you almost always have to be running some type of heating. The outside temperature drops below freezing a lot of times, and so your heating plan has to be both powerful and energy efficient. My husband Randy felt that we didn’t need to install any type of cooling system, but I totally disagreed with him. We have very short summers, but they can be brutally hot and also very humid. I didn’t relish the thought of being forced to run fans at night and not being able to sleep all summer. We’d waited and planned for a long time to build this new house, and we both decided it was worth it to make sure we got every detail just right. Randy really worried about the energy operational costs and energy usage of air conditioning, since he says it’s not beneficial to the environment. He was really determined to be more energy conscious. So we spent some time researching possibilities, and on-line, we discovered geothermal heat pumps. Geothermal heat pumps not only combine heating and cooling in one unit, but they are also known as the most environmentally responsible option on the market. That made Randy happy! Because a geothermal heat pump can make use of the free energy that’s always stored underground, it is also the most inexpensive type of heating/cooling plan to operate in a home. The start up cost is pretty expensive – to purchase and install the ground loop plan and heat pump costs a pretty penny. But it’s good to know that we should be able to reclaim this cost in just a few short years. Randy is cheerful now that we’re spending very little every month and we are also reducing our carbon footprint. I’m cheerful that the heat pump is clean and safe to operate and it keeps me warm or cool depending on what the weather is.