As you’re well aware of, utility costs have been increasing dramatically and your HVAC system accounts for the majority of your home’s energy usage. Installing a hybrid heating system is one of the best ways to combat rising utility costs and save on your heating bills. A hybrid heat system is a combination of both a gas furnace and a heat pump—allowing you to combine the strengths of both gas and electric heat sources. This provides the most energy-efficient method of heating your home comfortably.
How Does Hybrid Heat Work?
A hybrid heat system allows you more control over your energy consumption (energy bills) by determining which energy source is used under which conditions. When the temperature outside changes, a hybrid heat system will automatically switch between the heat pump and the furnace—using the most cost-effective fuel source for the present conditions. These parameters may be changed as utility costs change to allow you flexibility in maximizing your system’s efficiency. Additionally, you’ll be protected from unpredictable fuel cost increases.
During the heating season, a balance point is determined based on gas and electricity rates as well as climate. The balance point determines which energy source is more efficient based on outdoor conditions. Your system control (thermostat) will constantly monitor the changing conditions and automatically select the heat pump or furnace when there is a need to heat your home.
Once the system control is programmed, your system will operate in the most efficient manner automatically. Simply set your desired temperature and begin saving on your energy bills! And when utility costs change, you can adjust the balance point to ensure that your system is operating at optimal efficiency. Because a heat pump also provides cooling just like an air conditioner, a hybrid heat system can also be used year-round.
With hybrid heating, you get all the benefits of a heat pump system with the strength and reliability of a traditional furnace. At the same time, you avoid the on and off cycling of a traditional heating system in favor of a constant, moderate-temperature heat cycling.
Who Can Benefit from Hybrid Heating?
Hybrid heat systems are designed to provide homeowners options when it comes to choosing energy consumption. This system may not be the best option for every home. It requires gas as a fuel source which would be a substantial investment if gas is not already available in your home. It may not make sense to scrap your existing system and replace it with the hybrid heat. However, this system is an excellent option for homeowners concerned with fuel consumption and thinking of replacing their existing comfort system.
If you’d like more information on a hybrid heat system, contact GAC Cooling & Heating for a free estimate today. Our technicians can evaluate your home and determine the best heating system for your needs.