I live in an area that gets extremely cold winter weather and brutally hot summer weather. Because the winter tends to last around six to eight months, and the summer only sticks around for two or three months, the heating system is the priority. My husband and I have a forced air furnace in my house which seems to run non stop and costs me a fortune in energy bills. Until last year, my husband and I never had any type of cooling system. Although the house often became uncomfortably hot and sticky, we managed by running electric fans. This wasn’t a perfect solution, and my husband and I finally decided to have central air conditioning installed. My husband and I hired my regular HVAC contractor to provide an estimate, and he suggested that my husband and I invest in a heat pump. He explained that a heat pump would act as an air conditioner throughout the summer, and then reverse operation to provide heat during the cooler weather. Because the heat pump transfers heat from one location to another, rather than burning fossil fuel, it is wonderfully energy efficient. The heat pump costs a lot less to operate than my furnace. The heat pump, however, is only effective until the outside temperature drops down to around thirty degrees. At that point, the furnace automatically takes over, to keep my home perfectly comfortable. Combining a gas furnace and electric heat pump is known as a dual fuel system, and although it is expensive to install, significantly trims monthly energy bills. My husband and I’ve had the dual fuel system for a little over a year, and it was the best investment my husband and I’ve ever made. My house is far more comfortable, and my husband and I are astounded by the savings on my monthly heating bill.