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When a Dual Fuel System Is a Good Choice for Heating

Monday, February 5th, 2018

heating-cooling-zones-homesHeat pump systems are making their way into more homes each year, and for some excellent reasons. Heat pumps offer both heating and cooling functions in a single unit and are much more energy efficient at heating than standard electric furnaces, making them perfect for homes that don’t have a natural gas connection. The warmth heat pumps deliver in winter is less stuffy than the warmth from furnaces, providing ideal comfort throughout a home.

But heat pumps do have some limitations. Because they must absorb heat from the outside during the winter, they can struggle if the temperature falls to extremely low levels. There’s always some heat in the air, no matter how cold. But when the outdoor temperature drops too far below freezing, it forces heat pumps to work much harder to extract the available heat. Suddenly, the energy efficient performance of heat pumps is much less than it was.

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Is a Heat Pump Enough to Keep a House Warm in Winter?

Monday, October 3rd, 2016

A heat pump offers a homeowner a great option for comfort… as well as a bit of a puzzling dilemma. Heat pumps work in a similar fashion to air conditioners: circulating refrigerant to absorb heat from one location and then releasing it in another. During summer, this means removing heat from inside a home and exhausting it outdoors. When winter arrives, the heat pump switches into heating mode so that it works in the opposite way: removing heat from outside and exhausting it inside.

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