In Phoenix, you probably rarely think about your heating system for most of the year. A large part of your year is spent running your air conditioner for much of the daytime, or enjoying a nice temperate day outdoors. But December and January can bring cold weather, and you’ll want a reliable heating system to get you through the winter as well.
If you are ready for a new heating and air conditioning systems, one of the most effective ways to keep your home comfortable is with a duel fuel AC system. In fact, because they switch between two different fuel sources depending on the weather, duel fuel AC systems are quite cost effective as well. In this quick post, we’ll take a look at how these units combine an electric heat pump with a gas furnace to cool and heat your home with a smaller monthly cost year round.
Electric Heat Pump
The main component of dual fuel AC systems is an electric heat pump. Heat pumps are extremely efficient for both heating and air conditioning. For the most part, they work much like traditional central air conditioners do. In the cooling season, fans suck in warm air through the ducts and refrigerant removes heat as it passes through the evaporator, then moving to a condenser to release heat outdoors. In the heating season, however, a heat pump can reverse refrigerant so that it removes heat from the outside air and moves it into your home.
A heat pump is one of the most efficient heating systems because it moves heat around instead of generating heat, like a furnace does. However, heat pumps cannot function properly when it becomes too cold outside.
The gas furnace will kick in only when it is too cold outside for your heat pump to run effectively and efficiently. While it is rare that this happens in Phoenix, you’ll want that extra protection on a very cold day. And a temperature gauge ensures that the gas furnace turns on only when it is absolutely necessary, which helps you save on heating costs.
For more information about installing dual fuel AC systems in Phoenix, call the team of dependable experts at Goettl Good Guys Air Conditioning today!