If not, and you are gearing up for an HVAC installation or replacement project, then you’ve got some homework to do. Don’t worry, though. We’ll give you a quick rundown of the dual fuel system in today’s post, which will give you a better idea of why this type of setup is so beneficial. If you have any questions about the use of a dual fuel system, give us a call. Our Long Beach HVAC pros not only install and service these systems, but can help you to decide if it’s right for you!
While there are a lot of benefits to be had with a dual fuel system, it is important to recognize that there is no such thing as a heater or air conditioner that is ideal for every home or every homeowner. It is also important to recognize that even great HVAC systems can fail to impress if they are not well-designed and expertly installed in homes. With our installation services and ongoing maintenance, however, you can expect nothing but the best from your home comfort systems.
What Does “Dual Fuel” Mean?
As you can probably guess for yourself, a “dual fuel” system is one using two fuels to accomplish a goal. Unlike homes that have, say, a gas furnace for heating and a central AC for cooling, though, those with a dual fuel system have two systems that work in conjunction with one another. That is because a gas furnace and a heat pump are used.
During the summer season, the heat pump will handle the cooling of your home in pretty much the same way that a central AC would. However, the heat pump differs greatly from the central AC in its ability to reverse the flow of its refrigerant and, as a result, its operation in general.
Heat pumps are renowned for their heating efficiency, because they don’t use electricity—their fuel of choice—in order to generate new heat. Instead, they transfer existing heat into the home from the air outside. Refrigerant is evaporated in the outdoor unit, and a compression cycle boosts its thermal energy. Some electricity is used, but it’s still a more efficient way of heating than burning a combustible fuel—usually, at least.
Let the System Decide!
There are instances in which a gas furnace is going to be the more efficient of the two systems in heating your home, and that is where the real genius of the dual fuel system comes into play. When the gas furnace is the more efficient option, it will automatically come on and take over heating responsibilities. When your heat pump is once again the ideal system for the job, the switch is made back. You don’t even have to think about it, beyond simply appreciating the fact that you are heating your home in the most efficient manner at any given time.
Sure, our winters are not extremely cold. But there is plenty of chilly weather to contend with, and it does get chilly enough to bite into the heat pump’s efficiency. A dual fuel system is the perfect solution for the budget conscious homeowner.
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