What’s the real deal about dual fuel heating and cooling systems, anyway?
There are lots of choices when it comes to heating and cooling systems. If you live in the South, you may have heard about dual fuel systems (or hybrid systems, as they are sometimes called). What’s all the fuss about? Here’s a simple guide to dual fuel heating and cooling systems.
Dual, of course, means that something consists of two parts or components, so a dual fuel heating and cooling system is made up of two parts—a heat pump powered electrically and a gas furnace.
Why would you want two types of heat in your heating and cooling system? Simple: saving money on your energy bills.
In climates where the temperature rarely drops below freezing, it’s more economical to heat your home with an electric heat pump. Heat pumps work best in mild temperatures, after all. When the temperature does fall below freezing, the system will switch to the gas furnace, which can provide heat more readily and evenly. This allows you to more efficiently and effectively heat your home.
A dual system heating and cooling system will automatically switch over from one source of heat to the other based on the temperature outside. It will select the most efficient source of fuel to control the heat in your home to make it the most effective and most economical.
With advantages and disadvantages to both sources of heat, a heat pump and a gas furnace, a dual fuel heating and cooling system gives you the best of both types of systems. With the South’s generally mild temperatures, take a look at a dual fuel heating and cooling system for your home. Check out the current promotions being offered by H.H. Hovey, the leader in HVAC service.