Dual Fuel Systems-Hybrid System
A dual fuel heat pump combines an electric heat pump with a propane gas furnace into one unit. In places where temperatures are typically above freezing and electric rates are very low, a heat pump is the most efficient way to heat your home. In the rare instance when the temperature drops below freezing, a gas furnace provides heat more economically. By combining the two, you can have the benefits of both systems.
How a Hybrid System Works
When the temperature is above 35 degrees, the dual fuel heat pump uses electricity to heat your home as necessary. This type of heat circulates evenly throughout your home, and it isn't too dry. When it gets really cold outside (dropping below 35 degrees), the heat pump automatically switches to supplemental propane heat for better efficiency.
Because there are advantages and disadvantages to using either a heat pump or a propane furnace (depending on the outdoor temperature), the dual fuel solution really does provide the best of both worlds. It's the most comfortable heating system at any outdoor temperature, as well as one of the most efficient, versatile, and economical heating-and-cooling systems you can own.
The Cost of a Hybrid System
A dual fuel unit can cost a good deal more than a conventional heating and cooling systems because you’re essentially getting two systems in one. However, the amount you'll save in the next two to three years from lower heating costs will more than make up the difference you'll spend upgrading to a more effective, hybrid system.
Choosing a Hybrid System
There are several different brands and models to choose from when selecting a dual fuel hybrid system. The most noticeable differences between the options will be the price and whether the system is installed inside or outside your home. One of our home energy consultants will recommend a system best suited to your personal needs. Please fill out the form on the right hand side of the page or to be contacted about finding the best system for you.