3 Reasons To Replace Your Gas Furnace With Dual Fuel Heating


If your home's gas furnace has seen better days and needs to be replaced, you might assume that replacing it with a newer model of a gas furnace is the best option. Modern gas furnaces can certainly be very cost-effective, especially high-efficiency gas furnaces that reduce gas usage by recirculating hot exhaust gases.

However, there is another option. Dual fuel heating systems are becoming increasingly popular, and replacing your old gas furnace with a dual fuel setup can have numerous benefits.

Here are three reasons to replace your gas furnace with dual fuel heating:

Exceptional Energy Efficiency

As its name suggests, a dual fuel heating system consists of two different heating systems that work in tandem. It combines a conventional gas furnace with an air-source or geothermal heat pump system.

Heat pumps use heat transfer liquids to extract heat from the air or soil around your home. Once heated, these liquids as passed through indoor heat exchanger coils. This unique system allows heat pumps to use an extremely small amount of electricity to heat your home. 

The most efficient air-source and geothermal heat pumps can generate useable heat even when outdoor temperatures are below freezing. However, they do lose some efficiency at these temperatures. This is where the integrated gas furnace comes into play. During the winter months, the dual fuel system activates the more powerful furnace, providing a much-needed boost to heating power.

Because dual fuel systems only activate their furnaces during the coldest parts of the year, they are exceptionally energy efficient on a year-to-year basis. Unless the temperatures in your area are cool year-round, a dual fuel heating system will use significantly less energy than most gas furnaces, saving you money and making your home more environmentally friendly.

Eligible For Rebates 

Many states operate energy efficiency rebate schemes, that offer cash payments for households that install energy-efficient heating systems. If you live in one of these states, installing a dual fuel heating system will usually make your home eligible. These rebates can help you save even more money on your heating and energy bills, and defray dual fuel system installation costs.

Improved Air Quality

Gas furnaces have a tendency to reduce indoor humidity, and can make the air in your home uncomfortably dry during the coldest parts of the year. Dry air can irritate your skin and sinuses and may make some people more vulnerable to eczema and other unpleasant skin complaints.

Heat pumps do not cause any significant reduction in indoor humidity, so a dual fuel system that only uses its integrated furnace intermittently can improve overall air quality in your home. If you rely on humidifiers to counteract dry air during winter, choosing a dual fuel system will allow you to use your humidifier less, saving energy and money. 

For more information, contact a company like Master Mechanical, Inc.


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