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Dual Fuel Systems & Service in Joliet, IL
Heat pumps have become more popular over the last few decades as residential comfort systems. The big advantage that a heat pump offers to a household is that it works as both a heating and air conditioning system. It only takes an adjustment to the thermostat to make the heat pump change the direction it moves refrigerant and turn from a heater to an air conditioner, or vice versa. Yet heat pumps can still face a challenge during extremely cold weather and lose their efficiency.
There’s a solution to this problem, however, and that’s to have a dual fuel system (a.k.a. hybrid heat pump) installed. You want to see that you receive the best service to install a dual fuel heat pump, and you’ll get that when you call Johansen & Anderson Inc. Our NATE-certified technicians handle installation, replacement, repair, and maintenance services for many types of heat pumps. Call us for assistance in Joliet, IL and the surrounding areas.
Hybrid Heat Dual Fuel Systems: How They Work
The standard heat pump operates the same way as an air conditioner—refrigerant absorbs heat from inside a home and then releases to the outside—but can reverse the direction so the system brings in heat from outside. However, this poses a dilemma: how can the heat pump draw enough heat from the outdoors to warm up a home in winter when the outdoor temperature is extremely cold?
Although there’s always some ambient heat available, a conventional heat pump can struggle when the temperature drops past what’s known as the economic balance point, usually below freezing. What a hybrid heat pump does is provide the heat pump with a back–up system that runs on a separate fuel source. The common back–up heater is a natural gas furnace. This system turns on to help the heat pump handle the cold, and it will only run as long as it’s necessary.
Should You Install a Hybrid Heat Pump in Joliet, IL?
This is the big questions for homeowners: is a regular heat pump sufficient for comfort, or will a dual fuel system be necessary? For homes with strong levels of insulation in regions that don’t suffer from intense winter cold, often a standalone heat pump will do the necessary job. But in other cases, it’s a wise idea to install a hybrid.
The best way to find out is to have professional installers perform a heat load calculation for your house and take environmental factors into consideration. That way they can make certain they install the type of comfort system that will keep you warm in winter without energy waste.
We Offer Dual Fuel System Repair & Maintenance Services
You should never attempt to repair a regular heat pump yourself, so of course you shouldn’t tamper with a hybrid heat pump either when there’s a malfunction. (Natural gas systems can turn dangerous because of non–professional fiddling!) Our skilled technicians at Johansen & Anderson Inc are glad to help repair your hybrid heat pump 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
You can also sign up for our Comfort Club to receive regular maintenance that will help your heat pump work with as few interruptions as possible. Your comfort in Joliet, IL is our #1 priority: Contact J&A Today, Sleep Tight Tonight!