What are Hybrid Heating Systems?
A furnace creates ample heat but consumes a lot of resources. Heat pumps move heat energy from outside to inside your home, or vice versa. This heat transfer uses less energy than producing it, but heat pumps aren’t as effective at sub-freezing temperatures. A hybrid heating system is a versatile option you can rely on year-round. At Ideal Temp, hybrid heater installation is one of many HVAC services we offer.
Also known as a dual fuel system, a hybrid heating system incorporates two heating sources and electronically selects one or the other depending on outside conditions. The heat pump extracts warm air from outdoors, even if it isn’t that hot, and moves it inside your home. But when the temperature drops below freezing, a gas furnace kicks in. It uses natural gas, fuel oil, or propane to produce heat as traditional systems do.
Pros of a Hybrid Heating System
- Energy Efficient: A hybrid system achieves an energy efficiency level of 300% to 400%, meaning it produces 3 to 4 times as much energy as it consumes (it has high SEER, AFUE, and HSPF ratings than other heating systems). As some estimates put it, you can save up to 50% on annual heating bills. By comparison, the most efficient boilers may reach up to 94% efficiency. A heat pump is most efficient in summer, but it can extract warmth from ambient air even if it is relatively cool.
- Acts as a Heater and Air Conditioner: A refrigerant helps move heat in from outside through a system of tubes. Warm air can also be extracted from rooms in your home and transferred outside by reversing the cycle. In heating mode, a hybrid system is most suited for locations with short, relatively mild winters. The system switches between the heat pump and combustion furnace automatically via an HVAC control module or you can manually switch between the two. The system can also be programmed to achieve precise temperature control throughout the home.
- Long-Lasting: A hybrid heating system lasts longer than your average furnace, which needs replacement every 10 to 15 years. The boiler of a hybrid HVAC works less hard. Its components, therefore, last longer. With regular maintenance, the heat pump and boiler should remain in better condition, so repairs are less likely to strain your budget. Throughout the system’s lifetime, you can expect more consistent comfort and quieter performance when cooling; plus, an environmentally friendly refrigerant is used that doesn’t deplete ozone.
Cons of a Hybrid Heating System
- Expensive to Install: The upfront cost is much higher than with other HVAC systems. While this may be prohibitive to some homeowners, reduced monthly expenditures due to lower energy usage help recoup installation costs in as little as three years. Federal and state tax credits/rebates may help you save as well.
- Reliance on Fossil Fuels: When operating, the furnace burns fossil fuels. While less gas, oil, or coal are used over a hybrid heating system’s lifetime, it does not completely eliminate emissions that can pollute the atmosphere and damage the environment. This effect is most significant in colder regions where the furnace must run for longer to maintain sufficient comfort in the home. Still, hybrid heating systems help reduce your home’s carbon footprint.
Contact Ideal Temp
Ideal Temp provides all types of HVAC services in Kansas City, MO. A family-owned and operated company, we can help determine the best hybrid heating system for your home and complete installation quickly and effectively while making sure your heat pump/furnace run flawlessly. Call 816-720-7836 today if you’re looking for reliable year-round heating and cooling, energy efficiency, and a long-lasting solution.