The majority of homes and businesses in Cincinnati are equipped with furnaces or heat pumps to provide heating. Traditionally, furnaces and heat pumps have worked as separate systems. As technology has advanced, new hybrid heating systems have been developed, combining the two system types to create a heating system offering efficiency and maximized comfort.
What is hybrid heating?
A hybrid heating system (sometimes called a hybrid dual fuel heating system) utilizes both a furnace and a heat pump to manage temperatures in the home or building year-round. These intuitive systems utilize the equipment most appropriate to achieve efficient temperature control depending on environmental conditions.
In the summer, the heat pump works to extract hot air, cooling indoor spaces. While heat pumps can be used to generate heat, they are not as efficient when working with colder temperatures. In this situation, a hybrid heating system will activate the furnace (natural gas, electric, oil, or propane) to create heat more efficiently.
Benefits of hybrid heating
Hybrid heating systems offer several advantages for home and business owners.
- Improved Comfort: Hybrid heating systems circulate refrigerant to change temperatures indoors, rather than burning a flame, offering more uniform heat distribution. These systems run direct current motor-based fans which use less energy than alternatives.
- Energy Savings: With the ability to switch between systems to run at optimal efficiency, hybrid heating systems generate more energy savings than using a furnace or heat pump alone.
- Reduced Carbon Footprint: By reducing energy consumption with a hybrid heating system, users can reduce their carbon footprint and the environmental impact of HVAC system use.
- Lower Operating Cost: Lower energy consumption means lower utility bills! Heat pumps are very efficient, utilizing minimal electricity. The system’s ability to only use the furnace when optimal conditions are present reduces your fuel consumption throughout the winter, increasing savings.
Switch to hybrid heating in your Cincinnati home or business! Nelson Comfort’s NATE-certified heating technicians provide quality installation for dependable hybrid heating systems. Contact us today to learn more.