My cousins ALS Challenge made it on Ellen’s website!

Ellen’s website link.

People pouring ice cold water over themselves has become a common occurrence for the past month thanks to the ALS ice bucket challenge.  You’ve probably seen many of your friends on Facebook and/or some celebrities douse themselves with freezing cold water.  I personally was challenged by a friend and partook in the challenge, but what’s more cool is the most adorable #icebucketchallenge ever that my (2nd) cousin did.  According Ellen DeGeneres’s website my (2nd) cousin won for the cutest ALS ice bucket challenge!  Here it is!

They would also like you to share this video to as many people as possible in hopes that Mickey Mouse and Elmo will do the challenge.

FAQ: Heat pumps

Should I install a heat pump instead of a regular air conditioner if I have a gas or oil heating system?

A heat pump can be a worthwhile consideration no matter what heating system is used in a home.  In many areas, a heat pump with gas or oil supplementary heat is the most economical system and offers excellent performance and comfort.  However, check with local contractors who can determine the best systems for use in your area that meet your comfort needs.


More frequently asked heat pump questions on previous blog post.

FAQ: Heat Pumps

Is there any difference in the quality and quantity of cooling and heating from a heat pump and that from other cooling and heating systems?

No.  In its cooling mode, a heat pump supplies exactly the same kind of cooling as any electric air conditioners.  In its heating mode, the temperature of the air supplied by a heat pump is not as hot as the air supplied by a fossil fuel furnace, but the end result is the same: a warm, comfortable home.  Air temperature from a heat pump at room outlets normally is about 100 degrees Fahrenheit compared to about 120 to 130 degrees from a fossil fuel furnace.

The heat pump warming effect thus is something like warming your bath water more gradually and uniformly by turning the hot water faucet to a moderately warm setting rather than turning the faucet all the way to maximum hot water.

What is a heat pump?

A heat pump is like a conventional air conditioner except it also can provide heat in winter.  This confuses people sometimes because it has “heat” in its name, but just remember it does cool the house.  In the summer, the heat pump collects heat in winter.  In the summer, the heat pump collects heat from the house and expels it outside.  In the winter, the heat pump works best when the outdoor temperature is above freezing.  Below that, supplementary heat often is needed.  A heat pump can save 30 to 60 percent less energy to supply the same heat when compared to an electric furnace with a resistance heating element.