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Considering Hybrid Heat Pump Systems?
If you are looking into an alternative heating system that offers reduced energy costs, more efficient temperature control and a lower carbon footprint, a hybrid heat pump might be your best option. Des Moines weather, with an annual high temperature of 60.3 degrees and an annual low of 41.4 degrees, is ideal for a hybrid system, which works best mild climates. While on the surface it might sound complicated, the basic design of a hybrid heat pump is fairly simple and easy to manage. It is also compatible with several of the digital “learning thermostats” on the market, ensuring even more control over your comfort and energy consumption.
A hybrid heat pump relies on two separate components to heat your home. It’s a combination of an electric heat pump and traditional fossil fuel heating (furnace), intuitively switching between the two sources for optimal energy efficiency. An electric heat pump extracts the ambient heat outside and uses it to heat your home. Even in cool weather, the heat pump can process the available warm air to do its job.
A hybrid system will switch to the fossil fuel source when the temperature is too cold for the heat pump to run efficiently. Generally when the outside temperature reaches 40 degrees or below, the natural gas, propane or oil system will kick in. However, point at which the hybrid unit switches over can be adjusted according to the specific needs of the household. Climate, house design, personal comfort and fuel are all part of the considerations when choosing the appropriate temperature for the adjustment.
The benefits of a hybrid heat pump include:
- Substantial energy and cost savings
- Can be used to cool your home in the warmer months, allowing you to save money throughout the year
- Versatile system settings for humidification, dehumidification and air filtration
- Lower carbon footprint – a homeowner in the Midwest can offset the CO2 emissions from a single car for an entire year
- Flexibility regarding the fuel source, allowing the homeowner to choose the most convenient and economic option
- Pay for themselves in 3 – 5 years depending on climate
- Tax credits and rebates in certain states
- Consistent, comfortable air flow and temperature
- Extends the life of your furnace
If you are thinking about investing in a hybrid heat pump system, Service Legends has a comprehensive page on our site with even more information (and a great video) to review. We even have a utility overpayment calculator to help you figure out whether or not it would make sound financial sense for your household. Remember that we’re the home comfort heroes and offer complete services for hybrid heat pump systems. Call us today at 515-657-6634 to schedule an appointment with one of our technicians for a full assessment.