What Are Dual Fuel Systems?
You might have heard of these systems if you’re looking for an energy-efficient option to heat your home in the harsh winters without spending too much. Dual Fuel Systems give you the convenience of allowing the usage of two types of fuels (mainly oil and gas or electricity) by installing an electric heat pump with your home’s furnace.
Electric heat pumps are known for being quick and efficient but lack effectiveness against the extreme cold. Gas Furnaces, on the other hand, although less efficient than their counterpart, are very effective in heating even in the coldest temperatures.
If you’re having a hard time prioritizing your heating needs, don’t worry. Why settle for less when you can have the best of both worlds with Dual Fuel Systems.
The hybrid system works with both the furnace and heat pump, taking turns to work and piggy-backing off each other’s plus points.
A heat pump system is ultra-efficient, giving out about 300% more energy than it draws in.
In Summers: During the summers, it takes in hot air from the outside, cools it, and then sends it to your house.
In Winters: For temperatures up to 10°C, a heat pump can be a good heater as well by drawing in cold air from the inside and sending it outside.
A furnace heats differently than a heat pump. It is about 90% efficient and uses its heat through burning fuel to warm the house.
In Summers – It remains dormant in the summers.
In Winters – When the temperatures drop lower than 10°C in winters, that’s when the furnace comes into play by burning fuel and redistributing the hot air throughout the house.