Heat Pump


A Hybrid HVAC system uses an efficient electric heat pump and a furnace or boiler (gas or oil powered).  The heat pump warms the home very efficiently when the outside temperature is above about 40°.  Below about 40°, the furnace or boiler kicks in, and the heat pump shuts off.  So, based on the outside temperature, the system automatically switches to the most efficient heat source.

These systems cost more initially, but they will save you money for years.  The energy savings are substantial.  In addition, because the entire system is under less stress than a conventional system, the equipment will likely last longer.  By the way, these systems also reduce greenhouse gases and the impact on climate change.

There are a few different combinations of equipment that should be considered.  For instance, the system can include a high-efficiency boiler or furnace, which saves you even more money.  When it’s time to replace your HVAC, we recommend you investigate installing a hybrid.  A knowledgeable HVAC contractor is a must when considering these alternative systems, so we recommend getting a few proposals to hear different alternatives from qualified HVAC companies.

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What does Hydronic Heating mean?

Hydronic heating means water-based heating. The most common type of hydronic system

utilizes a boiler to make the water hot, a pump, and pipes to send the hot water to an air

handler, which transfers the heat from the hot water to the air, which in turn warms the space.

Now, the next question is, what is an air handler? The air handler consists of a fan and a hot

water coil. The hot water goes through the coil, which makes the coil hot. The air handler

sends air past the coil, which warms the air. The warm air then gets distributed by the fan. The

water gets pumped back to the boiler, and the cycle continues until the space reaches its

proper temperature.


This system is popular in new and retrofitted homes. It’s pretty economical and relatively easy

to install. Another benefit is that the air doesn’t get hot; it gets warm. Hot air systems can

make it uncomfortable in the winter because it continually dries the air. Hydronic systems

don’t dry the air, making it more comfortable than conventional hot air systems


Now, if somebody mentions hydronic heating, you’ll know what it means! We hope you find

this information interesting and helpful.


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