We all know just how cold it can be around here during the winter, which is why we always recommend having a great heating system in your home. See, having the right combination of HVAC systems can drastically improve your energy efficiency, particularly when temperatures drop super low.
Dual fuel systems allow you to enjoy all the benefits of a heat pump without worrying about what happens when the winter weather becomes a bit too extreme. Want to learn more? Keep reading below to find out exactly how you’ll benefit when you make the switch.
A dual fuel system is the combination of an electric heat pump and a gas or propane furnace. During the majority of the year, you’ll get to reap all the benefits of a heat pump, but if temperatures drop too low, the furnace will automatically kick on as the next, most efficient option. Once temperatures start to rise again, the furnace will turn off and the heat pump will resume function as normal.
There are plenty of reasons to consider a dual fuel system:
- Efficiency: The number one advantage of installing a dual fuel system in your home is energy efficiency. In general, heat pumps tend to be more energy-efficient than traditional forced-air systems. This is because they do not generate their own heat but rather move heat from one place to another. But when temperatures become too cold outdoors, the heat pump begins to struggle. Switching to a furnace then becomes the next best option in terms of energy efficiency. Operating an efficient system keeps both repair costs and utility bills to a minimum.
- Versatility: You’ll be able to use your dual fuel system year-round due to the heat pump’s ability to both heat and cool your home. A heat pump works much like an air conditioner, relying on the flow of refrigerant to move heat from one place to another. A reversing valve is all that is needed to reverse the flow of refrigerant, allowing for summertime cooling. With just the flick of the switch, your heater will become an air conditioner.
- Environmentally Friendly: Due to their ability to switch between different fuel sources at the most economical time, dual fuel systems are environmentally friendly. Less energy will be spent trying to warm your home during the winter, so you’ll end up using fewer natural resources.
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If you are interested in having a dual fuel system installed in your home, do not hesitate to call in a team of certified HVAC professionals like ours! Trust us, only a professional has the tools, training, and experience to match you with the system that best meets your unique comfort and budget needs and install it accordingly.
And yes, there may be plenty of amateurs willing to provide similar services, but remember, sometimes an attempt to save money could end up costing you much more in the long run.