Many consumers are unfamiliar with the term “heat pump”. But did you know that incorporating a heat pump into your current system can reduce your costly utility bills?
Although its name is misleading, a heat pump works by moving heat to keep indoor environments comfortable. The heat pump is an efficient method of heating during the cool winter months, but it can also aid in cooling during the summer.
In the winter, heat is collected from the outside and used to warm the air inside. Even “cold” air contains heat. In the summer, a heat pump operates like a standard electric air conditioner. It collects heat from the air within a home and expels it outside.
Heat pumps are capable of providing years of worry-free heating and cooling and significant savings on utility bills. The best way to incorporate a heat pump is in a “hybrid system”. A hybrid system consists of a natural gas high efficiency furnace, heat pump and thermostat installed with an outdoor sensor.
To maximize hybrid system efficiency a heat pump will operate in the heating mode until the outdoor temperature falls below four degrees Celsius. At four degrees Celsius the outdoor sensors will sense that the temperature is dropping and initialize the high efficiency gas furnace for primary heating of the home. In warmer temperatures, heat pumps can absorb more heat from the outdoor air. When the temperature drops below four degrees Celsius it is more economical to utilize the high efficiency natural gas furnace.
Incorporating a hybrid system in your home can reduce your utility costs, maximize efficiency, increase your home comfort and can help you take advantage of lucrative government rebates (up to $1,940) and manufacture rebates (up to $1,400). Most importantly, a hybrid system will help dramatically reduce your carbon footprint.