How Does a Heat Pump Hybrid System Work?

  • By Shawn Adam
  • 15 Nov, 2016
A hybrid system uses a furnace instead of an air handler inside the home.

This allows a fossil fuel furnace to be used as the back-up heat source for the heat pump instead of the resistant heater used in an air handler.

This is usually done when the existing furnace does not need to be replaced and air conditioning functions are being added to the home. Or if there is insufficient electrical capacity for electric heat. 
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In Spokane, a heat pump ranges in price from $4700 to $7000. The price of your heat pump will depend on a number of factors including size of your home, level of energy efficiency, installation variances and quality. The quality would be determined by a good-better-best offering and the variances would depend on the difficulty of the install. While this may be a hefty price tag, there is good news. Energy.Gov states that a heat pump can operate at about one quarter of the cost of a conventional heating/cooling appliance. That means big savings in the long run!

Additionally, there are often rebates available both from the manufacturers and/or your local utility company. Our experts are happy to help you determine what rebates may be available for you.
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  • The furnace is a major part of a split or hybrid system. The furnace creates warm air to heat the home. 

  • The furnace can also work in conjunction with a condenser or heat pump to circulate cool air throughout the home. 

  • The furnace is comprised of a blower to circulate air, a gas valve and heat exchanger to heat the air. 

  • If combined with an air conditioner or heat pump, a coil is attached to the furnace.

  • According to the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE), "Reducing your heating energy use is the single more effective way to save money and reduce your home's contribution to global environmental problems.

  • Recent technology advances have given us two and three-stage furnaces using variable-speed blowers, which can improve comfort within the home and further reduces energy consumption.
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