Dual Fuel Heating and Cooling Systems in Kansas City
Our part of the world provides a number of unique heating and cooling challenges. The Kansas City, MO area delivers the worst of both worlds sometimes: blazingly hot in the summer and freezing cold in the winter. That means you need not only a reliable heater to stay warm in the winter, but a reliable air conditioner to stay cool in the summer, and the need for your air conditioner and heating systems to perform as expected is greater the worse the weather becomes.
Hybrid heat dual fuel systems, sometimes known as dual fuel heat pumps, perform both halves of that equation in a Kansas City, MO home. By using the principles of air conditioning (along with a little help) they can keep your residence comfortable and save you a great deal of money in the process. Traditional gas furnaces and HVAC systems can perform great for KC homeowners, allowing for high efficiency natural gas furnaces and traditional air conditioning systems to work year round. These systems can heat and cool the whole home, and gas heat can offer high energy efficiency. However a dual fuel HVAC system can increase energy efficiency even further by switching from the heat pump to the gas furnace, depending on the balance point set by the HVAC professional who installed it. Just how energy efficient the system is is dependent on the AFUE rating.
The friendly pros at Climate Control Heating, Cooling & Plumbing can install, repair, maintain, and replace dual fuel heat pumps and other forms of hybrid heat throughout your home. Call us today to schedule services in Kansas City, MO and the surrounding area.
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How Do Dual Fuel Systems Work?
Standard central air conditioners in Kansas City, MO provide the basis for hybrid heat dual fuel systems. In the summer, they both operate according to the same process: bleeding heat off of circulating refrigerant (releasing that heat outside the home) before shifting it from liquid to gaseous form and cooling the nearby air in the process. (That air is then blown into your home through the ducts with a fan.)
Hybrid heat pumps simply add a wrinkle to that equation. By reversing the flow of refrigerant, they allow the system to release hot air inside your home and the cool air outside your home. That allows a single unit to both heat and cool your air as needed: providing welcome utility and no small amount of savings in the bargain.
Normally included is both an air conditioner and air handler, and air-source heat pumps, can all be part of the solution. Don’t forget to think about insulating your ductwork to squeeze every bit of BTU from the blower and compressor as the cooling system and heating system work to keep your home where you set your thermostat.
Why Are They Called "Dual Fuel" Systems?
Heat pump systems tend to do their job best when the outside air is cool but not cold, hovering around the freezing mark instead of plunging below it. For those cold nights when the temperature drops below the heat pump’s ability to handle it, a second furnace is ready to go, providing heat as needed to augment the heat pump’s ability and keep the indoor air nice and toasty. Electric heat pumps and geothermal heat pumps can both offer utility and energy savings while keeping your whole home comfortable, as heat pump efficiency can be extremely high.
That provides comprehensive zoning coverage while still preserving the heat pump’s primary service: heating your home for far less than a normal forced–air furnace would. Dual fuel systems tend to last longer too, and in the balance allow you to keep your home warm in the summer and cool in the winter without paying more than is absolutely necessary.
We Cover Heat Pump Service Calls and Installation
Heat pumps benefit from expert service, not only when they’re installed and replaced, but for any repair calls that may be necessary, as well as maintenance designed to prevent any breakdowns from happening in the first place. With the right team in place, you can expect your system to provide heating and cooling power for many years to come.
The trained team at Climate Control Heating, Cooling & Plumbing has years of experience with dual fuel heating systems, and is available for big and small jobs alike. With us on your side, you can rest assured that your heat pump will be installed the right way, and that any trouble can be treated quickly before it affects your home’s comfort levels. Don’t forget to keep the air filters changed to keep the system running smoothly.
Our pros can also help with installing new humidifiers, indoor air quality units, mini split systems, water heaters and more, or offering repair service for your HVAC system, including heat exchangers, compressors, coils and more!
Call us today and let us show you what we can do!