Heat pumps are definitely becoming more popular in the local housing market. It has been my experience that the majority of buyers certainly look at them as a positive when deciding on whether or not to purchase a home. There are many reasons for this, from ease of use (normally operated by a remote control), cooling and dehumidifying in the summer, heating in the winter and the efficiency of the units. They can be installed in new home construction or a retrofit to existing homes. For homes that are currently heated with forced air systems (oil for example), a heat pump can be added that will utilize the existing ducting to deliver both the heating and cooling! A ductless heat pump (or mini-split system) makes a good retrofit for homes with "non-ducted" heating systems (electric heat). The fact that they are reliable, efficient can offer heating and cooling all within one system has mass appeal.There are outside temperature ranges where they are not as effective, and one should consult with the manufacturer or approved installer to get the specific details on the heat pump that they are selling. Nova Scotia Power website offers information on heat pumps, as well as an option to finance the cost on your power bill. They can be contacted at 902-428-6774 in HRM or 1-800-428-6774 outside HRM, weekdays 8am to 8pm.