Dual Fuel HVAC: Heat Pumps & Propane Furnaces
If you’re looking for a reliable, efficient heating solution that can provide multiple benefits, consider pairing a heat pump with a propane furnace. This two-in-one solution will give your home all the warmth it needs, providing cooling in the summer, all while saving on energy costs. See how this innovative technology could be just what your home needs.
What is a Dual Fuel HVAC System?
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A dual fuel HVAC system is an energy-efficient solution that combines two different heating sources to optimize comfort and costs. The two heating sources typically used in a dual fuel system are a heat pump and a propane furnace.
The Basics of Air-Source Heat Pumps and Propane Furnaces
A heat pump is an electrical device that transfers heat from one place to another. It works by extracting heat from the outdoor air and moving it inside to heat your home. In the summer, the process can be reversed to cool your home.
A propane furnace is a combustion-based heating system that burns propane fuel to generate heat. It works by igniting propane gas to heat the air, which is then circulated through ductwork to warm your home. Propane furnaces are known for their efficiency and can quickly heat up a space, making them a popular choice for many homeowners.
How Dual Fuel Systems Work
A dual fuel system works by having a heat pump as the primary heating source and a propane furnace as the secondary heating source. When the outdoor temperature drops to a certain temperature, the house’s demand for heat exceeds the heat pump’s capacity at which point the propane furnace automatically kicks in to take over the heating duties.
Dual fuel systems are more efficient than traditional heating systems because they self-select the most cost-effective heating source at any given time. When outdoor temperatures are moderate, the heat pump will operate independently, providing efficient and cost-effective heating.
The Benefits of a Dual Fuel HVAC System
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A dual fuel HVAC system offers many benefits, including:
Increased Energy Efficiency and Cost Savings
One of the most significant benefits of a dual fuel HVAC system is increased energy efficiency and cost savings. Since the heat pump is the primary heating source, it uses less energy than a traditional furnace, resulting in lower energy bills by approximately 30%.
Enhanced Comfort and Flexibility
A dual fuel system will quickly adapt to changes in outdoor temperature, ensuring consistent and comfortable indoor temperatures all year round. The propane furnace provides a quick heat boost when needed, making it ideal for heating homes in Ontario.
How to Choose the Right Dual Fuel HVAC System
Choosing the right dual fuel HVAC system is crucial to ensure optimal comfort, energy efficiency, and cost-effectiveness. There are two key factors to consider when choosing a dual fuel HVAC system:
Sizing and Capacity
The size and capacity of your dual fuel HVAC system are essential considerations when choosing the right system for your home. An undersized system will struggle to heat your home during colder months, while an oversized system will be uncomfortable and may break down prematurely.
Comparing Different Models and Features
Look for systems that offer high energy efficiency ratings and have features that align with your heating needs, such as smart thermostats, variable speed blowers, and zoned heating.
When comparing models, also consider the upfront and long-term costs of the system, including installation costs, maintenance costs, and warranties.
Contact a Full-Service HVAC Company
A full-service HVAC company like Bryan’s Fuel can help you determine the right size and capacity for your system, recommend models and features that align with your heating needs, and ensure that your system is installed correctly and runs efficiently. We also deliver competitively-priced propane, and will assess your needs and specifications for fuel storage, delivery, equipment, and servicing, so you can rest assured that everything is taken care of.
Providing a full range of products and services all under one roof makes life easier for our busy customers. Contact us today for a no-obligation quote on a dual fuel HVAC system.