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Should I Install a Dual Fuel Heating System?

Winter is here, and if you don’t already have a good home heating system installed, now is the time to do it. There are a great many different heating systems available on the market, each of which has its own advantages to offer. It’s important that you find the best heating system for your needs. With that in mind, read on to find out more about dual fuel heating systems.

How It Works

Dual fuel heating systems are a combination of a heat pump and a furnace. For cooling and heating above a certain temperature, the heat pump part of the system is operating. If the temperature outside drops too low, the furnace part of the system will activate instead. The change happens automatically, without any input from the thermostat.

Advantages of Dual Fuel Heating Systems

Air source heat pumps have quite a few advantages. They’re able to act as both heating and cooling systems, and are quite efficient at both functions. There is one time when this is not the case, though, which is when the temperature drops far below freezing. Heat pumps rely on thermal energy in the outside air in order to heat the home. The colder the weather gets outside, the less thermal energy is available in the air around the heat pump. Without the furnace to take over, the heat pump will become less and less energy efficient until it cannot heat the home properly. With the furnace available as a backup, a dual fuel system will always be able to condition the home as efficiently as possible. This is why it’s better to have a dual fuel heating system than to just have a furnace or heat pump.

Sunset Air offers dual fuel heating system installation services throughout Olympia, WA. Call today for an appointment.

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