My home is outfitted with a forced air gas furnace, central cooling system, and ductwork connected to supply and return vents. For the most part, the heating and cooling system is quite effective at maintaining a comfortable temperature. There is a single thermostat which controls the temperature throughout the entire house. My only complaint was the temperature in kitchen. My husband and I renovated the kitchen, tearing out a wall to enlarge and open up the space. We also added some big windows to bring in more light. Due to the windows and insufficient number of vents, the kitchen tended to feel hot and sticky in the summer and too chilly during the winter. If we adjusted the thermostat, we either overheated or over-cooled the rest of the house. We looked into adding more vents, but the scope and cost of the project was far too great. I disliked blocking the view from the new windows with a portable air conditioner. I was unwilling to have electric fans blowing dust around while I was preparing food, and hated the idea of using space heaters. I started researching permanently installed heating and cooling equipment which could be installed into the kitchen without major renovation. I wanted something fairly attractive, with a slim profile, that would operate quietly. I came across ductless heat pumps, which was the perfect solution. The ductless heat pump combines both heating and cooling capacity, is super compact, inexpensive to purchase and efficient to operate. It operates from a convenient cordless remote and has significantly improved comfort in the kitchen.