Four Questions To Ask When You’re Considering A Dual-Fuel System

Dual-fuel heat pumps combine the best qualities of two different types of fuel sources to achieve better results and higher efficiency than one source of fuel by itself. These systems typically consist of an electric heat pump and a more traditional furnace that uses oil or natural gas.

In the San Antonio and South Texas area, dual-fuel systems can be a good choice for year-round indoor comfort. When choosing your dual-fuel system, ask your HVAC professional for answers to these four questions:

  • What is the heating and cooling load of my home? The load is the level of heating and cooling that your home requires. Your installer should perform a heating and cooling load analysis to calculate the type of heat pump you need. The system must be sized properly to meet the specific demands of your home.
  • What is the SEER rating of the heat pump? Check the unit for the SEER rating, a government-required measure of the heat pump’s cooling efficiency. SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio. If you’re interested in higher cooling efficiency, look for a higher SEER rating.
  • What is the difference between the cost of fuels used in a dual-fuel system? If one type of fuel used by your system is considerably more expensive than the other, the savings on your utility bills will not be as high. Ask your HVAC professional to help you calculate your potential savings when taking into account local utility rates.
  • Is the new heat pump compatible with my existing furnace? New heat pumps may not always be compatible with existing furnaces, so you may have to buy a new furnace as part of the dual-fuel system. Your HVAC expert can help you decide if a new heating unit will be required.
  • Beyer Boys has more than 20 years of experience serving commercial and residential HVAC and plumbing customers in San Antonio and South Texas. Our NATE-certified technicians can help you with answers about dual-fuel systems and whether they are right for your needs. Contact us today for an estimate, or to schedule a service call.

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