A dual-fuel heat pump is a “hybrid” heating and cooling system that combines an electric health pump with either a gas or oil system. Dual-fuel systems are extremely efficient because a computer can control which method it uses to heat your home based on ambient temperature and your own energy use needs.
Dual Fuel Heat Pump Advantages
Electric heat pumps and oil or gas heating systems both have their advantages. Heat pumps rely on existing heat to warm your home. Thus, they function best on warmer days. When the thermometer drops significantly, electric heat pumps have to work very hard to produce the same level of warmth.
On the other hand, oil and gas heat systems can provide a lot of heat, but they’re more difficult to moderate. On very cold nights, the blast of warmth is welcome, but on a mild winter day, it’s often overkill.
Dual fuel heat pumps use energy extremely efficiently by switching between these two kinds of systems based on need and energy efficiency. This means a better experience for residents than either system on its own, and can result in a smaller energy bill at the end of the month.
Is a Dual Fuel Furnace Worth It?
Probably. In a mid-Atlantic climate—like Frederick, MD—where winter temperatures are variable, a dual-fuel system can take advantage of unusually warm winter air to limit your heating to the low-energy electric heat pump. And when the weather gets really chilly, you can still rely on your gas or oil heating to kick on and keep things toasty.
Installing a Dual Fuel Heat Pump in Maryland
If you’re considering a dual fuel heat pump system, or would like to learn more about it, we can help. Our HVAC professionals know dual fuel heating systems inside and out and can answer your questions and provide a free estimate.