Backup Heating for Your Heat Pump: Which Mode Is Best for Your Dayton Home?

Backup Heating for Your Heat Pump: Which Mode Is Best for Your Dayton Home?

200268320-001Heat pumps are known to be one of the most efficient types of heating and cooling systems on the market, but they can need help in colder weather. The heat pump in your Dayton home will have to manage with sub-freezing temperatures for most of the winter. Take the time to learn the ins and outs of adding auxiliary heating so that your heat pump doesn’t have to work as hard when the extreme cold creeps in.

Types of Backup Heating
Many common types of heat systems work as backup heating for the heat pump. It’s often paired up with electrical heat, or a fuel oil system, or a forced-air gas furnace system, among others. Check with local experts for the best choice in your area, including:

• Your local utility company. They can let you know what kinds of heating are common in your area, and approximately how much it takes to run it in a comparable house.

• HVAC service companies. Work with NATE (North American Technician Excellence)-certified technicians to learn your home’s strengths and your heating needs. If possible, get an energy audit for an in-depth look at your heating needs.

• Furnace manufacturers or suppliers. Manufacturers and their knowledgeable staff can be a fantastic source. They want satisfied customers, and may not be likely to push you into a decision that won’t fit your situation.

If you’re already used to forced-air heat, know that a heat pump feels very different. You won’t feel waves of hot air, but you will enjoy a cooler, steady and more uniform heat.

How Heat Pumps Work With Auxiliary Systems
Heat pumps are designed to be the main home heat source. Your system triggers the heat pump until it reaches a point where it’s working much too hard for the heat, and then it switches to backup. You can still enjoy all the cost-saving benefits, but your home stays cozy even on the chilliest winter nights.

Contact us today at Airtron Heating & Air Conditioning for more expert advice on how to plan the right backup heating for your heat pump.

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