Why Dual Fuel Hybrid Heating Systems Are a Good Option

Dual fuel hybrid heating combines the technology of two distinct heating systems – a heat pump and a furnace – in order to keep your home comfortable. Heat pumps use a closed loop system that circulates refrigerant through a series of valves and coils. It doesn’t generate heat on its own, it merely transfers heat from the outside to the inside your home (and vice versa in the summer). The furnace usually burns natural gas to create heat, serving as a backup for the heat pump when it is very cold outside. Here’s why dual fuel hybrid heating systems are a good option for heating in Asheville, NC.

In and of themselves, heat pumps are extremely efficient, since they don’t need to use energy to generate heat themselves. And because they function as both a heater and an air conditioner, you can use them at any time of the year. That makes them very cost effective as well, saving you a great deal of money on your monthly energy bills.

There’s just one hitch: heat pumps become less effective when temperatures drop below 40 degrees Fahrenheit. The colder the weather, the less efficiently they are able to transfer heat. North Carolina benefits from fairly mild winters, but we have our share of cold days when the heat pump’s backup electric resistance coils will need to turn on to heat your home, which use a lot of energy.

Dual fuel hybrid heating systems make the perfect solution. The auxiliary furnace kicks in when temperatures drop to make up the difference,  providing the heat needed to make your home cozy and comfortable. Because the heat pump provides the heating during the milder weather, this can save you a lot of money compared to just heating your home with a furnace the entire winter.

For installation and other issues regarding heating in Asheville, NC, Comfort Central Inc. can help.  We know why dual fuel hybrid heating systems are a good option, and we can discuss your choices with you before performing an expert installation. Give us a call to set up a consultation. You’ll be glad that you did!

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