HYBRID HEATING SYSTEMS
We live in an ever changing world; energy sources, their availability and particularly their cost are no exception. At Generations Heating and Air Conditioning, we believe that providing the best possible HVAC products and services in the Kitchener, Waterloo, Cambridge and Woodstock areas demands that we stay abreast of these changes and the developing technologies that go along with them. Haven’t heard of such a thing? Read on!
Imagine if you had a heating and cooling system that combined different sources of energy, and that you could select the source according to conditions or cost? Imagine if this system could be programmed to automatically select the most cost effective option. That is exactly what a hybrid heating system does! By combining an electrically driven, air source heat pump with a fossil fuel furnace, significant cost savings and protection from certain unforeseen events can be realized.
An air source heat pump, charged with today’s environmentally friendly and super efficient refrigerant, can obtain heat from surprisingly cold outside air and transfer it to the central furnace where it is distributed throughout the house by the blower. An added bonus is that this process can be reversed in summer when the heat pump draws the warm air from within the house; essentially, you get an air conditioner thrown in! At the same time, the furnace can still operate traditionally using natural gas or propane as the heat source. All the while, the system can be programmed to automatically switch from one source to the other for the most cost effective operation, taking into consideration fuel/electricity costs, outside air temperature, time of use charges, etc. Of course, a manual override is available if one energy source or another becomes unavailable.
Generations Heating and Air Conditioning staff take pride in maintaining currency in the HVAC technologies of today. If you would like to learn more about hybrid heating systems for your home in the Cambridge, Kitchener or Woodstock region, call us today; we are happy to share our knowledge so you can make an informed decision.