Furnaces and heat pumps aren’t the only types of heating systems available. Another type is a hybrid heating system.
Hybrid heating systems don’t use a single type of heating technology. Rather, they feature both a furnace and a heat pump. Hybrid heating systems offer both pros and cons.
If you’re considering a hybrid heating system for your home, you should familiarize yourself with the following pros and cons.
Pro: Backup Heating
You don’t have to worry about a hybrid heating system completely failing during the winter.
All hybrid heating systems have two independent and separate heating systems: a furnace and a heat pump. Even if one of these systems fails, the other will likely continue to work.
Pro: Energy Efficient
Hybrid heating systems are more typically more efficient than traditional furnaces and heat pumps.
Some reports estimate that hybrid heating systems are up to 40% to 50% more efficient. This is due to the fact that they allow you to switch from the furnace to the heat pump. Using the heat pump won’t produce as much heat, but it will consume less energy.
Pro: Automatic Operation
Most hybrid heating systems operate automatically.
You don’t need to manually switch them from the furnace to the heat pump or vice versa. Instead, you can program the thermostat to switch automatically at a specific temperature.
Con: Installation Costs
Hybrid heating systems typically come with higher installation costs than traditional heating systems.
Traditional heating systems only consist of a single heating system. Hybrid heating systems, on the other hand, consist of two heating systems. With two heating systems – a furnace and a heat pump – they require more supplies and labor to install.
Maintenance is another concern for hybrid heating systems.
You’ll essentially have twice as many components to maintain. You’ll have to maintain all of the furnace’s components, and you’ll have to maintain all of the heat pump’s components.
For less maintenance, you may want to stick with a traditional heating system, instead.
Con: Not Required for Some Regions
Depending on where you live, a hybrid heating system may offer little or no value.
If you live in a warm region that experiences mild winters, like here in Central Texas, a standalone heat pump may suffice. Heat pumps produce heat; they just don’t produce as much heat as furnaces. For regions that are relatively warm year-round, you may be able to choose a standalone heat pump with which to warm your home.
If you are experiencing a problem with your air conditioning or heating call us at 512-336-1431 to schedule an appointment. We’ll be glad to come out and take a look at the issue.
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