Hybrid Heating Systems
Hybrid Heating Systems are a Growing Trend
The use of “Hybrid” Heating Systems is becoming a very common practice. With fuel prices acting like a ride at the county fair, (out of control and unpredictable) the installations of Hybrid, or Dual-Fuel Home Comfort Systems has increased dramatically. These Dual Fuel applications allow you, the homeowner to have more control over your heating expenses by only using the most economical fuel choice when needed.
Home Comfort for the Energy-Conscious
For colder climates, a hybrid heating system, including a gas furnace, heat pump and coil, offers the flexibility of dual fuel sources to establish and maintain a comfortable indoor environment with optimal energy efficiency.
What is Hybrid Heating?
Hybrid heating systems consist of an electric heat pump and a gas furnace that alternately work to maintain desired indoor temperature and humidity levels year-round. When moderate heating is required, the system selects the heat pump as the most energy-efficient source of heat. On colder days, the system automatically switches to the gas furnace for more economical heating efficiency. During warm weather, the heat pump reverses its cycle and functions as a central air conditioner.
Reduce Energy Use and Save Money
Hybrid heating system provides:
Enhanced year-round comfort due to more uniform indoor temperatures and humidity levels
A choice of two fuel sources, which means greater operational efficiency
The flexibility to respond to fluctuating energy prices by using the most economical fuel source (this can translate into lower utility bills when thermostats are set correctly)
Compared to a traditional furnace alone, a hybrid heating system may cost more initially because it is essentially two complete systems in one, providing year-round heating and cooling. And, because its greater operational efficiency translates into reduced energy use, the money saved each year on fuel costs can quickly make up for the extra initial investment.
When purchasing a hybrid heating system, be sure to ask what type of refrigerant the heat pump uses. Heat pumps are now available with environmentally friendly R410A refrigerant. This chlorine-free refrigerant is better for the environment and transfers heat more efficiently.