The fluctuations are killing me
When my husband, Peter and I were finally ready to build our dream house, we hoped to maximize energy efficiency. We are both very concerned with environmental responsibility and strive to minimize our carbon footprint. After a great deal of research, we determined that a geothermal heat pump was our best option for temperature control. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, a geothermal system is the most environmentally friendly means of heating and cooling. This is because the system draws from the relatively stable temperatures found below ground year round. The geothermal heat pump taps into a free energy source and simply moves heat from one location to another. In the summer, it extracts heat from inside the house and pumps it outdoors, creating a cooling effect. The process is far more energy efficient than a conventional air conditioner and provides superior dehumidification. In the winter, the heat pump pulls ambient warmth, compresses it to a higher temperature and delivers it to the rooms within the house. The heat pump uses a very small amount of electricity to operate and does not burn fossil fuels to create heat. Because there is no combustion process, there are no fumes, hot surfaces, carbon monoxide or greenhouse gases. The system is safe, silent and exceptionally clean. It costs very little to operate and maintains very even temperatures, no matter what the weather brings. To further trim costs and protect the environment, Peter and I installed solar panels, which completely handle our needs for electricity. We actually produce more energy than we use, and earn money back from the electric company.