Long before there were hybrid cars, consumers could purchase hybrid heating & cooling systems. These dual-energy systems combine a furnace and a heat pump. They use both gas and electricity for fuel. As an energy efficient HVAC system, a hybrid system adjusts to the most efficient method of cooling or heating a home. It does this by automatically reacting to changing temperatures.

How Hybrid Heating & Cooling Systems are Different

Traditional HVAC systems include a furnace and an air conditioner. This is known as a split system. During the warmer months, the air conditioner distributes cool air in the home, and in the colder months the furnace heats the home with fossil fuel. With a hybrid system, the home is heated and cooled using the most economical fuel. In many locations, it’s much more economical to heat or cool a home with an electric heat pump.

Specifically, the heat pump is set to a certain degree to warm the home. If the outdoor temperature goes below the set degree, the system will switch over to use gas heat from the furnace. A programmable thermostat with a dual mode and an outside temperature are installed on the heat pump. Installers will prime the set point based on the regional climate, capacity and efficiency of the system.

The Benefits of a Hybrid Heating & Cooling System

The main benefits of dual HVAC systems are comfort, energy savings and eco-friendliness.

  • Increased Comfort: Unlike the warm blasts of air with furnaces, the heat pump delivers a consistent flow of warm air during cold weather. The air is less stuffy and much more comfortable. When cooling the indoor air, heat pumps also deliver a smooth level of cooling unlike many air conditioners.
  • High Energy Savings: Compared to traditional HVAC systems, hybrid heating and cooling systems can save you from 30 to 50 percent in fuel expenses in Columbus, NC. Even though you still have to pay for the energy needed to operate a heat pump, heat pumps actually use free heat from the outdoors and pump it into the home. In addition, heat pumps are more economical to operate in moderate temperatures than furnaces.
  • Reduces Your Carbon Footprint: By using less of the world’s natural resources to cool or heat your home, hybrid systems make you a global eco-conscious consumer.

Like other HVAC systems, there are additional ways to enhance the performance and savings of a hybrid system. Along with a compatible programmable thermostat, well-sealed ductwork and windows, you’ll be maximizing the efficiency and comfort of a hybrid system.

As a Carrier Factory Authorized Dealer in Columbus, NC, Gentry Heating is able to provide you with both superior hybrid systems and superior customer service. Carrier has a firm reputation in the HVAC industry for manufacturing the most state-of-the-art hybrid systems. Our status as a Carrier Factory Authorized Dealer ensures that you get a NATE-certified technician along with hybrid systems for almost any application. For commercial customers, our design team will guide you through the whole process of choosing indoor self-contained units, split systems and rooftop units. You can feel confident that our team is equipped with the knowledge, skills and tools to make any commercial heating and air conditioning project a successful reality.

For residents, we’re always happy to provide a complementary in-home quote. We’ll provide you with a full quote that will include the timeframe of the project and all costs, including a breakdown of part and labor costs. Prior to the installation, our team of skilled professionals will do a heat and load calculation to ensure your new hybrid system is just the right size for ultimate comfort and maximum efficiency. You can feel confident in both the performance and the efficiency of our Carrier products. Everything is 100 percent guaranteed to meet your satisfaction. You’ll also find that many of our hybrid systems are Energy Star Certified and qualify for you for current incentives through local, state and federal programs. Our staff is up-to-date with the latest programs for savings and will be happy to advise you of the available ones. For additional savings, you can take advantage of our Internet coupons on new Carrier systems.  Please give us a call for more information.