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The sun is shining and the fans are on.

I think my brain is melting with the rising heat.

This weather is what I wait for each year. Heat, sunshine, and dryness. I love it. We have our ceiling fans and two portable fans on full power. The next step will be setting up the air conditioner. Last year wasn’t hot enough for us to bother with it. Hopefully that will happen again this year. Air conditioning is not only an expensive luxury but it’s also not toddler friendly. I have premonitions of our two-year old pressing all the buttons and pulling the tubing out.

Whenever I think about air conditioning it reminds me of the movie Dogma. Not only is it a great Kevin Smith film, which continues a great line of movies featuring Jay and Silent Bob, but it also has Jason Lee (from My Name is Earl) and Alan Rickman (from Blow Dry) in it. Great movie. Great quote…

Azrael: No pleasure, no rapture, no exquisite sin greater… than central air. – Dogma (1999)

We live in a rain forest so we really don’t need central air. We would love a heat pump though. 

How does a heat pump work?

A heat pump is like an air conditioner that can also run in reverse. It also works a lot like a fridge. Your fridge removes heat from the near-freezing inside air and expels it out the bottom or back of the unit into the warmer kitchen air. A heat pump is like a fridge but has a much greater capacity to move heat. On a cool day, it can remove heat from the cooler air outdoors and move it into your home. The cycle can be reversed in the summer so that heat is being  removed from your homes air to the outdoors. A more scientific explanation of how a heat pump works can be found on our heat pumps FAQ page.

How much can I save on heating costs with a heat pump?

Since a heat pump only moves heat from the outdoors into your home, rather than creating heat by burning fossil fuels, it can operate at efficiencies of over 100%- a typical heat pump we install averages about 300% efficiency. This means that about 3 kWh’s of heat are created for every kWh of electricity it consumes, and this can mean big savings on utility bills. BC Hydro estimated that a heat pump will reduce heating costs by 57% when upgrading from a standard efficiency (65%) furnace. To learn more about heat pump efficiency ratings and how energy savings estimates can be calculated by comparing them to gas unit efficiency ratings and utility rates, see our heat pumps FAQ page. A heat pump can also greatly reduce your homes greenhouse gas emissions, see our Go Green page for more info. – stolen from the Good Guys Heating Cooling and Plumbing website

It’s an investment that we can’t afford right now but a girl can dream.

Do you have a heat pump? Do you love it?

Enjoy the sunshine!

~Stephanie
The era of ‘abundance’ is over. The future will see our natural resources, from oil to food, having some level of restriction placed on them – Andy Bond, CEO, Asda (May 2009)

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About stephanieough

Wife, mom, concerned citizen of the earth. Striving towards intentional living rather than blindly following. Former Education Specialist for a corporation, I have now taken a step back to spend time with my family and work closer to home. Hoping to reduce our waste through refusing, reducing and reusing so that we will not have to recycle as much. Also, I love to explore zero-waste fast food and take pictures of my sucesses. I'm a fan of British comedies like Red Dwarf and Black Adder, Kevin Smith and his movies, Asian food, documentaries, biographies and going to Las Vegas on vacation. If someone told me I could only listen to the Beatles for the rest of my life I would die happy.

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2 thoughts on “The sun is shining and the fans are on.

  1. Don’t have a heat pump, or air conditioner. I too love summer, and can’t wait for it, but we have been having temps close to 100 with humidity which is making it feel even hotter. I need a slight break as well, hopefully we will get it soon.

    Posted by livingsimplyfree | July 9, 2012, 10:08 am
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