Here’s your quick primer on hybrid HVAC systems and how they work
Maintaining a comfortable indoor temperature can be a hefty expense, particularly during the hottest and coldest times of the year. Air conditioners and furnaces are among the most demanding appliances many households depend on, which highlights the benefits of today’s hybrid HVAC systems.
By employing a multifaceted approach to home heating and cooling, you can save energy, save money, and even reduce your family’s carbon footprint.
For more about hybrid HVAC systems, contact your friendly heating technicians here at Reimer!
Defining the technologies
Understanding the ins-and-outs of hybrid heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems starts with understanding these basic technologies:
- Combustion furnaces are the most common appliances used to heat American homes—especially here in the Northeast. They burn oil or natural gas in order to create heat, which is then distributed by fans and ducts.
- Heat pumps are electrical systems designed to move heat, rather than produce it. They circulate refrigerant, which absorbs and transfers heat as needed—out of the home during warm weather, or indoors when temperatures are cooler. On their own, these systems are most common in milder winter climates, such as those in the Sun Belt.
- Hybrid systems employ a combination of these two technologies, switching automatically to the more efficient method of output based on the outdoor temperature. For example, during chilly—but not truly “cold”—nights here in Buffalo, the heat pump can efficiently heat your home. But, when the blizzard rolls in, the furnace is also there to help.
In short, a heat pump is more efficient for cooling and heating in more temperate climates. When there isn’t enough heat outside to pump indoors, however, a traditional furnace is preferable. Hybrid HVAC systems strike the ideal balance by making both technologies available and adjusting on the fly.
The pros and cons
A hybrid—also known as “dual-fuel”—setup offers the distinct advantage of greater energy-efficiency, with estimated savings up to 50 percent for residences in some areas. Furthermore, the climate control is often found to be more even and consistent, creating a more comfortable environment for you and your family. Less power usage also means more eco-friendly performance, reducing your household’s environmental impact.
Be advised that installing a new hybrid system will generally cost you a little more upfront compared to traditional HVAC configurations. Utility savings help to offset this cost difference, and in the long run, many hybrid systems pay for themselves completely.
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Don’t take chances with your HVAC when the weather’s at its worst. Reimer Home Services provides professional results for Western New York residents, from new installations to tune-ups and repairs of existing systems. Get started today by contacting us and we’ll gladly respond at our earliest availability.