The trend these days when building a new structure is being as energy efficient as possible. Most heating systems are run on electricity or propane. Propane can be three times more expensive than natural gas that is why majority of people opt for electric heat pumps.
The main problem found with electric heating pumps is that once the temperature drops below 40 degrees Fahrenheit they do not operate properly, causing your home to stay cold.
A dual fuel heat pump (also known as a hybrid heat pump) is simply a standard air source heat pump with a gas furnace add-on. When temperatures are below 40 degrees, the alternative propane unit kicks in to begin heating and when temperatures are above 40 degrees the furnace will use the electric heat pump to warm.
How well every home heats or cools is different. When planning to buy a new furnace, as yourself a few questions:
- What are the fuel options that are available in your area?
- What are the costs of those fuel options?
- What is the climate like that you live in?
- Will this furnace be used often?
- Can you save money with a hybrid system; will you stay in your home long enough for it to pay for itself?
Buying a new dual fuel heat pump will be more expensive than traditional systems but will pay for itself in less than five years. Also be aware that having a hybrid heat pump system creates more value for your home. It is best to plan and research so that you can make the best decision for you and your family.
If you have questions about dual heat pumps and the advantages and disadvantages then give Automatic Air of Louisville, KY a call today. We are the local experts in heating and cooling efficiency. We look forward to assisting you!