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5 Reasons Dual Fuel Heating Is So Popular

There has been an increased interest in Dual Fuel (also known as Hybrid) heating systems as consumers seek alternative heating sources that are also cost-effective. But what exactly is a hybrid heating system and why are they so popular in our region. Here is the breakdown from the heating and air conditioning experts at North Georgia Heating & Air, Inc.

What Is Dual Fuel Heating?

A traditional heat pump split system consists of an outdoor condensing unit and an indoor air handler. The condensing unit provides cooling in the spring and summer months and heat in the colder months. The air handler does not produce heat, rather it acts as a means to transfer the heat created by the outdoor unit to the inside of your home in the winter months.

A dual fuel heating system uses a gas furnace in place of an air handler. The gas furnace actually does produce heat within the home. The outdoor heat pump runs on electricity while the furnace runs on propane or natural gasses. During average temperatures in the winter months, your heat pump will deliver efficient heat to your home. As temperatures lower outside, your heat pump will then have the ability to switch on your gas furnace for fast dependable heat during freezing temperatures. While typical heat pump systems use expensive and inefficient auxiliary heaters within the air handler, dual fuel systems have two efficient heating options that are always ready to be utilized depending on outside conditions.

Why Is Dual Fuel Heating So Popular?

  1. It’s cost effective. Gas furnaces are very affordable to buy and install. You take care of a hybrid system like you would a traditional HVAC system. Change filters on a regular basis and have your system inspected yearly to ensure it is running at its best. The cost of regular preventative maintenance is nothing compared to the long-term savings on your monthly energy bills.
  2. It gives you control over your monthly bills. Advancements in temperature regulation technology allow for the seamless integration of all the components of a hybrid heating system. Ideally, you want to use the heat pump as little as possible. Since it relies on electricity, it can drive your power bill up with prolonged use. Some cities have increased rates for electricity use during peak usage times. You can program your thermostat to switch between the heat pump and the gas furnace to minimize your electricity use. Automated thermostat controls for your system means that you don’t have to get up in the middle of the night to adjust the temperature.
  3. It is reliable. It is not uncommon for condenser units to seize up when temperatures drop and snow/ice piles up around the unit. A hybrid heating system that utilizes a gas furnace will ensure that you and your family won’t wake up freezing in the middle of the frigid winter nights.
  4. It is customized to your energy needs. With a hybrid heating system, customers have an efficient balance between heat pump and gas heating. Depending on where you live, natural gas may be less expensive or more expensive than a heat pump. Some household heating preferences or needs are just too high to warrant the use of a heat pump on a regular basis during the winter. This is where installing a dual fuel system has the advantage.
  5. It’s comfortable. Hybrid heating provides a blanket heat throughout your home. It cuts down on drafts and cold spots by evenly distributing heat throughout rooms without the noise and strain of traditional heating systems.

To learn more about Dual Fuel systems or to schedule an appointment with one of our comfort advisors, click here to schedule now!

4 Most Common Questions About Ductless Mini Split Systems

You've probably heard of Ductless Mini Split Systems at some point or another. They sound interesting, but you have lots of questions.

You're not alone!

Many homeowners have questions regarding ductless systems, we aim to answer the most commonly asked questions in this section.

What is a Ductless Mini Split System?

A Ductless Mini-Split system is just as it sounds. It's a miniature version of a split central heating and air conditioning system. But it does not use ducts to deliver heat or air, so it avoids the energy loss associated with leaking duct systems. This mini split system is comprised of 3 different components.

  • A condensing unit located outside of your home (pictured to the right)
  • An indoor wall unit located in the desired room/area (pictured above)
  • A conduit that links the outdoor and indoor units. This houses the power cables, refrigerant tubing and drain lines.

When would I need a Ductless System?

Because mini splits don't need ducts, they're great for adding heating and cooling for:

  • Garages or shop areas
  • Home renovations
  • Home additions
  • Sun rooms
  • Pool house
  • Areas of your home that get too hot or cold

Is a window unit the same as ductless?

In some ways they are similar, but a Ductless System presents many more long term benefits

A Ductless Mini Split System is installed on your wall, and can cool more than just one space, based on how many indoor units are installed. Ductless systems are much more energy efficient and are proven to last much longer. They also come with warranties lasting as long as 10 years!

Window units are relatively cheap to install. However, this is a rather short term benefit. In a short amount of time it can have drastically negative effects on your energy bills. Also, Having a window open 24/7 to accommodate an air conditioner is a safety hazard. It's an open door for burglars.

How much does it cost?

This is a very common and difficult question to answer. The cost can vary greatly based on several factors, including:

  • Energy Efficiency Rating (SEER) chosen
  • Size (Tonage) of the system
  • Number of indoor units needed
  • Labor and material involved in completing the installation

An in-home evaluation is almost always needed to provide an accurate price. Pricing over the phone is not a recommended method of getting information. Each home is different and unique in it's own way. We give a unique price for each customer accordingly.

Purchasing a Ductless Mini Split System can be a complicated procedure. But it doesn't have to be. We make the process simple, fast & affordable. We can evaluate the space you are considering for a ductless system and give you a FREE in home evaluation. As well as answer any questions you may still have. Click below to schedule your estimate today. 

Heating & Air Conditioning System Maintenance

Warning Signs & Important Information

Why is it so important?

Your home's heating & cooling system keeps you comfortable during the hottest summer days and the coldest winter nights. In order to do this, they must be properly maintained by a licensed professional to ensure that your system is operating properly & efficiently. A properly maintained system will consume less energy and produce lower energy bills as well as provide you with a more comfortable home.

Signs that your HVAC system needs maintenance

Your energy bill goes up without increased usage

Sounds coming from your HVAC system such as clunking, knocking or banging

The air in the home is too humid or too dry

Certain areas of your home are too hot or too cold

Your heating and air conditioning breaker keeps tripping

System can't seem to keep up with thermostat set-point

Your indoor or outdoor coils are dirty or show signs of rust or oil

Odors during heating or cooling operation

Excessive vibration coming from HVAC equipment

Tips for keeping your heating & cooling equipment in shape

Change your return filter at least once every 30 days (long-term pleated filters are available for less frequent changing)

Have your heating and air conditioning system cleaned and fully inspected by a licensed/qualified professional at least once per year. Most system manufactures recommend the system be cleaned and inspected bi-annually in order to inspect both heating and cooling operation properly.

Keep your heating and cooling equipment free from objects and obstructions. This can be both a hazard to the home itself as well as effect overall system efficiency. Never use your HVAC equipment for storage or as a shelf

Keep all air grills and return grills free of any obstructions and debris. Efficiency and system functions can be affected dramatically by any foreign objects introduced into the duct system

Keep your heating and cooling system operating properly & efficiently. Schedule a time for one of our Service Specialists to clean and inspect your heating and cooling system today.

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