A heat pump is a device that uses electricity to move heat from one place to another. Heat pumps can move heat from a cool space to a warm space, or vice versa. This process is known as heat transfer. Heat pumps work by using a refrigerant that can absorb heat from one place and release it in another. The refrigerant is compressed, which causes it to become hot. This hot refrigerant is then passed through a set of coils, which transfers the heat to the air or water in the space. The refrigerant then cools down and is passed through another set of coils, which transfers the heat back to the space. This process is repeated over and over, allowing the heat pump to effectively move heat from one place to another.
Climate change and global warming can affect the real estate market in several ways, and it may influence your decision to purchase a home. One of the most significant impacts is the increased risk of flooding, which can make some properties less desirable or uninsurable. The rising sea levels and extreme weather events associated with climate change also increase the risk of coastal properties being damaged or destroyed. Additionally, as temperatures continue to rise, the demand for homes in cooler regions may increase, leading to changes in housing prices and construction patterns. It could also affect the insurance and mortgage rates, a higher risk of natural disasters could mean home buyers would need to pay more for insurance, or that mortgages on certain homes will be harder to obtain.
Possible impacts to a home's infrastructure could include:
The State of Connecticut recommends testing your home for radon in air (and radon in water if you have a well). Radon gas is a leading cause of lung cancer but can be remediated if present in a home. It is highly recommend to test for radon in a real estate transaction BEFORE buying a home.
Tom Schlotter, licensed home inspector.