Today we want to educate you on the pros and cons of installing a dual fuel system that uses a heat pump vs. using an air conditioner and furnace. There are several factors to consider when making this investment, first and foremost, the outdoor climate.
According to Energy.gov, if you live in a moderate climate switching to a dual fuel system that uses a heat pump will reduce your energy consumption 30-40% over the long term. Here in Georgia we have a humid, subtropical climate with typically mild winters and hot summers. Our weather is ideal for this.
The core difference between a dual fuel system that uses a heat pump vs. just having a furnace or air conditioner is how the system produces its energy. A dual fuel system moves heat, whereas an air conditioner or furnace generates heat. Based on that principle, a dual fuel system is more environmentally friendly and leans on the existing climate to provide its energy.
In the winter, a dual fuel system that uses a heat pump will not dry the air in our homes as much as a gas furnace will. Of course, the best way to keep your indoor air quality up during the winter is to purchase a Humidifier. Click here for a PDF on the Bryant humidifiers we offer.
Another added benefit is the incentives the energy companies offer customers who switch over. For example, Georgia Power is currently offering up to a $550.00 incentive for customers who make the change.
Because duel fuel systems that use heat pumps rely on outdoor conditions to function, they can sometimes fall short in terms of effectiveness during extreme temperatures. At this point your backup furnace will kick in and work to keep your house warm. Adding this system will lower your energy costs completely, and will never leave you without heat.
Does this sound complicated? Don't worry! With today’s technology this system knows what to do and when to do it. The duel fuel systems are user friendly and basically run themselves. We can go over your many options when it comes to HVAC units. Request an estimate and we will help you to make the best choice possible.