Gas, Electric, or Dual Fuel HVAC Systems
When it’s time to replace your worn-out HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning) system, one of the first choices you will make is whether you will go with an electric system, a gas system, or dual fuel system (a combination of the two.) There are positives and negatives about using gas systems vs electric units, so there is no right or wrong answer.
First, let’s look at electric systems. Probably the most common option is the heat pump. Heat pumps move hot air out of the home in the summer, and they move warm air into the house in the winter. They are efficient and run quietly. Heat pumps are usually less expensive to install and easier to hook up than gas units. Electric units offer improved indoor air quality and are safer for your family. Typically, heat pumps usually last from 15 to 20 years with regular maintenance which is usually a little longer than a gas system. These are just some of the benefits of going with an electric heat pump.
Second, let’s look at the benefits of using a gas system. Gas furnaces burn natural gas to heat the air via a heat exchanger and burner and then circulate warm air throughout the home. Gas furnaces generally take less time heating a home and tend to maintain the level of heat even when temperatures are below the freezing mark outside. Also, the cost of using gas is generally cheaper than the cost of electricity. Gas might be the route for you.
Finally, let’s look at the best of both worlds-dual fuel. A dual fuel system combines an electric heat pump with a gas furnace. When temperatures are mild outside, a heat pump is used. When the temperatures outside fall below a preset temperature, the gas furnace automatically switches on. A dual fuel system can save you on your energy bills since your heat pump won’t have to struggle with heating when the temperatures are frigid outside. You may even qualify for a tax credit from your state when you purchase one of these. Unfortunately, dual fuel systems can cost more to install than electric or gas units. Is this the best option for you?
As stated before, it is your decision to make about what is best for your family. If you have no access to gas, then your decision is even easier. Thinking about the region you live in and temperatures you endure will also play factors in your decision. Your HVAC professionals at LarcomAir will give you advice and answer any questions that you may have about the different systems. You can reach them at 731-885-1021.