Winters in Greensboro, North Carolina, are interesting for an HVAC system. Some days you only need a little heat, while other days are freezing and require significant furnace use. If you want to save energy during the North Carolina winter, consider dual fuel heating as a very viable option.
What Is Dual Fuel Heating?
Dual fuel heating combines both a heat pump and a furnace to heat your home. A heat pump is an HVAC system capable of both cooling and heating the air in your home. The heat pump reverses the heat exchange process that cools your home’s air during the cold months. It is an efficient way to produce heat in warmer climates, but loses efficiency when the temperature turns too cold.
The gas or oil furnace is also attached to your HVAC system, and you use it when the weather gets too cold for the heat pump. You can either have a smart thermostat that switches between the two systems automatically, or you can manually make the switch.
How Does it Benefit a North Carolina Home?
Because North Carolina faces mild winters, sometimes a heat pump is all you need to heat your home. A heat pump’s efficiency will save you energy, thanks to the heat exchange process that allows it to work so well.
When the temperature does dip below that heat pump sweet spot (which is about the freezing temperature of water) and the heat pump does become less efficient, you have your furnace. At this point, the furnace can heat your home more efficiently and more quickly than the heat pump can.
A dual fuel system plus a smart thermostat creates a comfortable, energy efficient way to heat your home in North Carolina. An Air Treatment technician can come over to discuss your dual fuel options and examine your existing HVAC setup. We’re also available for winter maintenance to ensure your current system is working in top shape to heat your home for the winter. Call us at 336-790-3206.
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