Hybrid heat dual fuel systems are fast growing in popularity for their flexibility in choosing the lowest energy source for heating any time of day. This freedom to choose the lowest-priced energy has the potential for substantial savings.
Hybrid heat dual fuel systems
Conventional dual fuel systems consist of a furnace matched with a heat pump. When the outdoor temperature is 40 degrees or higher, heat pumps reach efficiency rates of up to 300 percent, easily topping furnace efficiency rates. However, as the temperature falls below 40 degrees, heat pump efficiency declines, and furnaces become the heating source of choice for home heating.
With hybrid heat dual fuel systems, you may choose which heating source to heat your home no matter the outdoor temperature, based on current electricity and gas prices. Combined with a “smart” thermostat, you may communicate with your hybrid system via smartphone app and online computer or tablet. This gives you the freedom to change heating sources from work, on the road and anywhere you have a wireless Internet connection and communication device.
In regions like Asheville that experience more than a few months of necessary heating, a hybrid heat dual fuel system can save substantial energy costs over time. More energy savings and dependable engineering can be found in new high-efficiency furnaces coupled with a heat pump. High-efficiency furnaces reach efficiency rates of over 98 percent. This is a huge savings over old furnaces that often have efficiency rates below 70 percent.
Factors to consider
If you are upgrading your furnace or undertaking new construction, it’s wise to work closely with your HVAC professional to determine your most favorable heating options and calculate your return on investment. Of course, the price of electricity is impossible to predict accurately. However, one constant remains: over time, prices always go up. With a hybrid heat dual fuel system, you can take advantage of the least expensive energy source for day-to-day savings.
For more information, please contact Smoky Mountain Heating & Air and speak with one of our certified technicians. We serve homeowners in the greater Asheville area.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Asheville, North Carolina and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).
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