Dual-fuel systems are some of the most efficient, effective home comfort systems available. When the weather is warm or mildly cold, a heat pump keeps your house comfortable. But when the harsh Grand Traverse County winters set in and temperatures drop, operating a heat pump isn’t so efficient. That’s when a dual-fuel system switches over to a gas furnace.
Heat pumps are so energy efficient that they can provide three to four times the amount of energy they consume. Like an air conditioner, they move heat from inside your house to the outdoors during warm weather. However, with the addition of a reversal valve, a heat pump can also move heat from the outdoors into your home. This way, it creates comfort all year round.
Heat pumps are highly economical, providing there is enough warmth in the outdoor environment to move into your home. Winters around Grand Traverse County can be fierce, and once the temperature drops below 30 degrees, there isn’t enough warmth for the heat pump to work with. A conventional system would simply fall back on a set of electric coils to create heat, but this isn’t very effective, and can actually end up costing more. Heat pumps just aren’t designed to generate heat.
A furnace is better equipped to handle harsh temperatures, because it is designed to generate heat. However, using a furnace during milder weather can be wasteful, because you don’t always need that level of raw power. With a dual-fuel system, you get the best of both worlds.
Benefits of dual-fuel systems include:
- Efficient operation during summer and moderate winter weather
- Efficient performance during freezing temperatures
- Can reduce heating costs dramatically
- System doesn’t require manual switch-over, but can automatically switch from heat pump to furnace as the weather changes
- Reduced environmental impact, using less energy and creating less pollution
If you’re interested in learning more about the advantages of a dual-fuel system, contact Team Bob’s Heating Cooling Plumbing. We’ll be happy to help you save energy, the environment and your wallet — all at the same time.
Our goal is to help educate our customers about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about dual-fuel systems and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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