When my husband Roy and I built our beach house from the ground up, both of us chose a geothermal heat pump to handle the year round temperature changes. Both of us had researched all odd types of heating and cooling options, including forced air gas furnaces, central air conditioning and electric heat pumps. Although the geothermal heat pump was far more high-priced than these other options, both of us were convinced that it was worth it. Roy and I liked that geothermal temperature control because it is considered the most environmentally responsible choice by the Environmental Protection Agency. This type of system does not rely on fossil fuels to generate heat, and there is no combustion process. There is no worry over carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, formaldehyde or purplecondo gases. There are no sizzling surfaces or fumes, and the heat pump doesn’t overly dry the air in heating mode. Both of us don’t need a humidifier during the Winter season or a dehumidifier in the summertime. The geothermal heat pump takes advantage of stable underground temperatures, and uses this free energy source to move heat to and from the home. The process is so interested and energy efficient that the heat pump actually creates four units of heat for every one unit it draws. From our calculations, both of us think we will have reuseed the initial investment within multiple years. Both of us are able to maintain the perfect temperature, all year long, no matter the outside weather, for about a dollar a day. Plus, the heat pump is super quiet, clean, and entirely reliable. Both of us expect the heat pump to last at least twenty years, and the underground loop concept should provide over fifty years of dependable operation.