Heat pumps offer an energy-efficient alternative to furnaces and air conditioners. Heat pumps use electricity to move heat from a cool space to a warm space, making the cool space cooler and the warm space warmer. During the heating season, heat pumps move heat from the cool outdoors into your warm house and during the cooling season, heat pumps move heat from your cool house into the warm outdoors. Because they move heat rather than generate heat, heat pumps can provide up to 4 times the amount of energy they consume.
The most common type of heat pump is the air-source heat pump, which transfers heat between your house and the outside air. If you heat with electricity, a heat pump can trim the amount of electricity you use for heating by as much as 30% to 40%. High-efficiency heat pumps also dehumidify better than standard central air conditioners, resulting in less energy usage and more cooling comfort in summer months. However, the efficiency of most air-source heat pumps as a heat source drops dramatically at low temperatures, generally making them unsuitable for cold climates, although there are systems that can overcome the problem.
Dual Fuel Heat Pump Systems
A dual fuel heat pump is now a highly preferred choice among homeowners. As the name suggests, the dual heat pump’s specialty is that it comes with the features of both electric heat pump and gas furnace. In other words, this category of heat pump is a hybrid of electricity and natural gas or propane. In fact, the usage of a dual fuel heat pump is highly recommended in an area where temperature may go below freezing during a good portion of the winter. Below are some of the key benefits of using a dual fuel heat pump.
Perhaps the most significant of the benefits of dual fuel heat pump is that it is highly efficient, since it combines the features of both electric heat pump and gas furnace. The result is that your residence or building will be sufficiently heated as well as cooled throughout the year. Further, as this heat pump can switch from one mode to another depending on the external weather conditions, a dual fuel heat pump is considered highly versatile.
Miami Heating & Cooling offers the best options for your home needs. Our system specialists will advise you on options that fit your home and budget.
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