Things to Consider for the Installation of a Dual Fuel Heat Pump
In recent years, a dual fuel heat pump has become a much sought after choice to render indoor comfort throughout the year. With the features of both air source heat pump and natural gas furnace wrapped in a single unit, a dual fuel heat pump functions as your heating and cooling system. During summer, it works like a central air conditioner and extracts heat from your building and expels it outside. In winter, it absorbs heat from the external temperature and transfers it indoors. An added benefit of dual fuel heat pump is that it functions automatically with the forced air furnace to maintain optimal temperature of your home when outside temperatures fall below freezing.
In order to get complete benefits from a dual source heat pump, make sure that you properly install it. For best results, it is highly recommended to hire the services of a professional HVAC contractor for its installation. Ask your HVAC contractor to effectively assess your building to know the capacity requirements of a dual fuel heat pump. It is important to ensure that the assessment includes a computer generated analysis that provides clear information on the amount of heating as well as cooling that is required to condition your building during different seasons.
Equally important while requesting for bids from your HVAC contractor is to take into account features like duct sealing, air filtration and programmable thermostats. Above all, prior to the installation of a heat pump, ensure that you have chosen a heat pump with excellent SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) and HSPF (Heating Seasonal Performance Factor). In fact, the higher the SEER and HSPF ratings, the more efficient and reliable will be your heat pump, resulting in lower energy costs.