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If you haven’t shopped for a new heating or cooling system lately, you may not be aware of a new option that provides greater control over comfort and energy costs, year after year. It’s what we refer to as hybrid technology, as it utilizes the best and most cost effective energy source for maximum efficiency and comfort.

Hybrid heating and cooling systems typically combine a gas furnace with an electric air source heat pump to utilize the most cost-effective fuels source and maintain greater efficiency.

The cost savings of a hybrid system can vary greatly, depending on the climate and type of heating system you already have in place. In addition, savings are affected by fluctuations in electricity and natural gas prices. Some years, you may see substantial savings, while other years you may come out even. Regardless of the savings, hybrid systems use less electricity and energy that other systems, so they are a green alternative to natural gas or electric heating systems.

What is Hybrid Heating?

A hybrid heating system combines the strengths of a gas furnace with an electric heat pump to deliver the ultimate comfort and efficiency you need in both warm and cold seasons to give you more control over your utility bills. As outdoor temperatures change, the system automatically switches between heat pump and furnace to utilize the most cost-effective fuel source and maintain greater efficiency. And the system is so efficient, its heating costs are usually less than with any gas furnace alone.

What is Hybrid Cooling?

As compared to traditional air conditioning, a hybrid system uses a heat pump to cool your home. A hybrid system is both a heating and a cooling system and it can be integrated into virtually any home which has a forced-air system. During the heating season, the heat pump draws warmth from the outside air and delivers it into your home. It is effective down to 30 degrees. In the cooling season, the process is reversed: the heat pump absorbs indoor heat and releases the heat outside.

Best of Both Energy Worlds

The beauty of a hybrid system is this: you actually get to select the best heating or cooling options based on climate conditions and energy costs. You’re no longer locked in to a single source of heat or cooling; it can be customized as needed. Additionally, hybrid systems are available in both a split-system configuration and a packaged system to fit most applications. 

Additional benefits for homeowners in making the switch to a hybrid system include:
  • Requires no supplemental heat source during the coldest months, and no additional cooling sources during the warmest months
  • Year-round energy cost savings, as the heat pump process can be reversed during warmer or hot weather
  • System options for humidification, dehumidification, and air filtration
  • Fuel source flexibility allows the choice of the most economic fossil fuel source for your area
  • Ability to customize the heating system to the particular needs of your home
  • Substantial cost savings and unparalleled energy efficiency
  • Environmentally friendly

How Much Will You Save with a hybrid system?

Hybrid systems allow you to set the balance point, where the system automatically switches operation from electric heat pump to traditional furnace. This balance point can be changed to suit the environmental conditions and utility rates in your area, providing continually optimal heating and cooling efficiency. Most hybrid systems are also fully programmable, enabling homeowners to set weekly programs that meet their needs.

Individual household savings with a hybrid system vary, but in general, a typical household can expect to save hundreds of dollars in heating and cooling costs every year—ensuring that the system pays for itself over time.

Contact B. Carlson for Cooling and Heating Services in Albuquerque

We can help you get the most comfort for your energy dollars with a free home comfort analysis.

Our AC contractors service the areas around Albuquerque, Rio Rancho, Corrales, Placitas, Bosque Farms, Los Lunas, Cedar Crest, and nearby. Count on us for all of your heating and cooling needs!

Call our HVAC experts today at (505) 349-4409 to learn if a hybrid system is the right way to go for your home.

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