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Save Energy With Hybrid Heat Systems

Posted by Paul Wadsworth on Mon, Sep 27, 2010 @ 02:01 PM

When people hear the word “hybrid”, they usually think of cars. But, did you know that a hybrid heat system can also keep your home comfortable all year round? Hybrid technology has been around for about 30 years, but didn’t get much attention until soaring fuel prices in the last few years had people looking for more economical ways to heat and cool their homes.

Since a hybrid heat system operates based on outside temperature and conditions, it is more energy-efficient than traditional HVAC systems. It can cut your energy costs and is environmentally-friendly, too.

How does a hybrid heat system work? This system uses a combination of fossil fuel (usually gas or oil) and electricity. You have a furnace that burns this fuel when temperatures dip below a certain point, and an electric heat pump that operates during milder weather. Your technician will set the system to switch from one to the other at what is called the “balance point”. This point is the temperature at which fossil fuels become the most cost-effective way to keep your family comfortable. In our area, for example, heat pumps become less efficient at around 30 degrees. So, we might set your balance point there, so that your hybrid heat system can switch over to the furnace when it starts getting really cold outside. This is why hybrid systems are so economical. They allow homeowners in the Cleveland area (and other areas that experience cold winters) to enjoy the efficiency and reduced costs of a heat pump without sacrificing comfort. Normally, if an electric heat pump had to heat your home in frigid temperatures, without the help of a fossil fuel heat source, it would have to use expensive electric resistance heat to do it.

We like hybrid heat systems for several reasons. They are energy-efficient, they reduce the use of fossil fuels and they cut energy costs for homeowners. Another advantage: they automatically switch over so that you don’t have to think about it. And, they can be used with a programmable control that allows you to customize your temperature settings for a 7-day schedule based on your family’s daily routine.

P.K. Wadsworth services the Greater Cleveland, OH area including cities Chagrin Falls, Shaker Heights, Eastlake or anywhere in between.  To get started, check out our website.

Topics: energy costs, electric heat, electric resistance heat, fossil fuel, heat source, hybrid technology., hybrid systems, cleveland area, fuel heat

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