Are you already using a heat pump system for your cooling needs during the year? Living where we do, it’s vital that you have an efficient Sugar Land, TX air conditioning system, and investing in a heat pump ensures this is the case. A heat pump system is a great choice for homeowners who want year-round comfort all from one system, as heat pumps have a reversing valve that allows for sufficient heating too, when winter comes.
Now, it’s true that for the most part, our winters are fairly mild. It’s rare that our lows dip below 45°. But it has been known to get colder than that, especially at night during the winter. And when that happens, your heat pump can struggle to draw in warm air in order to effectively heat your home. All is not lost, though! Your solution lies in a system upgrade, from a heat pump system to a dual fuel system!
What Is a Dual Fuel System?
Also referred to as a dual fuel heat pump, this system combines an electric heat pump with a gas furnace to form one heating system. It relies on the availability of both electricity and natural gas to function, but they work very efficiently since they have a furnace for backup when temperatures drop too low. There are a number of advantages to upgrading your heat pump to a dual fuel system, such as:
- Efficiency: While both electric and gas-powered heaters have their pros and cons, a dual fuel system combines the best of both worlds. It gives you a top-performing, two-systems-in-one heating and cooling unit. You’re spared the shortfalls of electric heat or using a gas furnace because you have them both.
- Optimal Comfort: Dual fuel systems are convenient and keep your household comfortable. The air compressor is located outside your home, which helps to keep noise levels down. Electricity is used for most of the time, and no pollution is associated with it, making it a clean system to use for both your heating and air conditioning needs.
- Versatility: Dual fuel heat pumps give you the advantages of both an electric system and gas-powered furnace. Electric heat pumps work best in climates such as ours, that have mild winters and hot summers. But in the cases where temperatures do decrease to become rather chilly, you’ll be glad to have an efficient furnace system on your side.
- Cost Effectiveness: The initial purchase of a dual fuel system may be a little higher than some other heating systems, but that’s because you’re basically buying two systems in one. The efficiency of the system is what makes it a great investment. The system is set up so that the electric heat pump is utilized for a greater duration, but the backup gas furnace keeps it from struggling in cooler temperatures, which makes the dual fuel system more cost-effective than using a heat pump system all on its own.
Whether you’re looking for a new HVAC system installation or need service on your existing unit, you needn’t look any further than Fresh Air, LP Contact us today!