Is your old gas furnace not as efficient as it should be? Consider switching out an A/C unit with gas furnace to an electric or hybrid heat pump.
With as much as 50 percent of your monthly utility bill going to heat and cool your home, more and more people have made the switch to an energy efficient heat pump. Did you know that roughly half the homes in Georgia are heated with a heat pump? Now is the time to consider investing in an energy-efficient heat pump.
Electric Heat Pump is the most common heat pump option. The heat pump has an outside unit that works in conjunction with your indoor air handling unit to move warm air. It operates as a standard air conditioner in the summer, removing warm air from inside your home and transferring it outside. In the winter it operates as a heating system extracting heat from the outside and transferring it inside the home. The Georgia climate is ideal for utilizing the heat pump’s energy efficient technology.
Dual-fuel Heat Pump (hybrid or piggyback) If your home has a relatively new gas or propane furnace, the dual-fuel heat pump may be a better choice than simply replacing your old air conditioner. A dual-fuel heat pump uses a combination of two technologies to provide comfortable and efficient heating and cooling year-round. A dual-fuel heat pump is an air-source heat pump designed to work in conjunction with a forced-air furnace heating system. When outdoor temperatures reach extremely cold levels, a dual-fuel system automatically works in conjunction with the forced air furnace to provide constant heating comfort. The forced air furnace can be new or existing and can be fueled with natural gas or propane. The dual-fuel heat pump works in conjunction with your present furnace, regardless of fuel type.
The VRF, or variable refrigerant flow, system is a heat pump that utilizes the industry’s latest technology including true variable speed compressors and precise room to room comfort control. A VRF system allows one outdoor condensing unit to be connected to multiple indoor units. Systems can be controlled with a central monitoring application that allows users to control the entire system from a single location or via the web. VRFs give each zone the power to control its own temperature, so heating and cooling can occur simultaneously in different areas of the home as needed. Since the variable-speed compressor runs only at the capacity needed for the current conditions, including partial-load conditions, VRF systems are very energy-efficient, with minimal energy loss.
Ductless Heat Pumps (mini-splits) An advantage of ductless heat pumps is their small size and flexibility for zoning or heating and cooling individual rooms. Most ductless heat pumps utilize true variable speed compressors for superior comfort control and energy efficiency. Each of the zones has its own thermostat, so you only need to condition occupied spaces, therefore saving energy and money. Mini splits have no ducts, so they avoid the energy losses associated with the ductwork of central forced air systems
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