Homeowners everywhere are looking for ways to cut costs when it comes to running their homes. From installing efficient water heaters, changing heating and cooling habits, and purchasing smart thermostats, saving money while keeping your family comfortable has never been easier.
Hybrid heating is one of the ways you can keep monthly costs down. In this blog, we’ll discuss what hybrid heating is, how it works, and the pros and cons to help you determine if it is the correct solution for your home.
What Is It?
Hybrid heating is an intuitive heating system that reacts to changes in conditions. With traditional systems, in order to spend less, you typically need to use your system less. With hybrid heating intelligence, that isn’t the case!
A hybrid heating system has two components: a gas-fueled furnace and an electric heat pump. Depending on the temperature outside, a hybrid system will select the most efficient fuel source for your home - whether it be the gas or electric unit- and run on that.
The Pros and Cons of Going Hybrid
Hearing that something can save you money is always exciting, but doing the proper research before making a big purchase for your home is very important.
Let’s take a look at the benefits of installing a hybrid heating system.
Perhaps the biggest benefit of going hybrid is the efficiency. As the unit reads the outside temperature, it will determine the best form of heating to use. When temperatures are more moderate, the electric heat pump is kicked on. Heat pumps are especially efficient because they do not produce their own heat, but rather use refrigerant to do so.
Only once temperatures dip and your home requires more heat will the furnace switch on and keep you feeling comfortable and warm.
Lower Utility Bills
Efficiency = savings! The heat pump is instrumental in keeping your heating costs down and lowering your monthly utility bills. It has been estimated that some homeowners have seen as much as a 50% decrease in their heating bills annually with hybrid heating.
Doing our part to help the environment is always a plus-side to purchasing any new item for our homes. A hybrid heating system uses less fossil fuels, ultimately emitting less carbon into the atmosphere. You’ll be going green while saving some green!
Hybrid heating provides two systems to draw heat from, meaning you’ll always have a backup heating solution in case of emergency.
No system can be perfect, and hybrids are no exception. Here are a few reasons why homeowners could shy away from a hybrid installation.
Not Entirely Renewable
While very efficient and eco-friendly, a hybrid system is not a completely renewable one. The boiler used by a hybrid unit uses some fossil fuels, although much less than other heating systems.
While a hybrid system will save you money month to month, there are other costs involved. A new system is pricey and installation fees can add up as well. The higher upfront costs are understandably not always a realistic option for homeowners, but the appeal of long term savings make some believe it is worth it.
Hybrid Heating from Dunes Heating and Air Conditioning, LLC
Dunes Heating and Air Conditioning, LLC is prepared to help you find the right hybrid heating system for your home. With multiple models to choose from, we will guide you through the process of a system design and installation.