If you’re looking for an energy-efficient heating solution for your home, one of the most versatile options is a dual-fuel system. These systems maximize efficiency by combining a traditional heat pump with a gas-powered furnace. The result is an all-in-one heating and cooling solution that is capable of maintaining a comfortable temperature inside your home regardless of the weather outdoors.
To understand what makes dual-fuel systems unique, you first need to understand a little bit more about each of the components that make up the system.
The first component, the heat pump, works by extracting heat from the air outdoors and transferring it inside in the winter (and reversing the process in the summer). As long as the temperature outdoors remains above freezing, heat pumps are one of the most efficient heating solutions. However, as soon as the temperature drops below freezing, they start losing efficiency.
This is where the second component, the gas furnace, comes into play. Unlike heat pumps, furnaces don’t rely on the surrounding air for heat. Instead, they burn fuel to actively produce their own heat. This makes them far more efficient than heat pumps when temperatures fall below freezing.
By alternating between the heat pump and furnace depending upon which is most efficient for the current weather conditions, a dual fuel system can keep your home comfortable while maximizing efficiency.
Not only that, but these systems have an added bonus. During the summer months, you can reverse the direction on the heat pump and use it as a central air conditioner instead. This can help keep your home cool and comfortable on even the hottest summer days.
Thanks to their unique ability to adapt to changing weather conditions, dual-fuel systems are the perfect way to maintain year-round comfort while at the same time maximizing energy efficiency.
If you live in the greater Hartford area and are interested in installing a dual-fuel system in your home, contact us at Glasco Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc.
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