Hybrid heat

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A hybrid heat system reacts to changing temperatures and automatically adjusts to the most efficient energy saving method available to heat or cool a home. It can be a fuel-saving alternative to traditional heating and cooling systems in that it combines a furnace with a heat pump, rather than an air conditioner.


A heat pump works as an air conditioner in hot weather, but can also reverse the process and heat the home when cold weather arrives. Rather than burning fuel to generate heat, the heat pump moves heat via the transmission of R-410A refrigerant without burning a flame, using a small amount of energy to move heat from one location to another.[1]

Hybrid Heat can work with both gas and electric systems. By using a variable speed fan, hot or cool air gets distributed consistently and evenly throughout a space. Variable speed fans use Direct Current style motor technology, or ECM Motor.[2][3]


In regions where electricity is generated using fossil fuels, a heat pump's electrical efficiency also reduces the system's "carbon footprint", making it a more environmentally friendly approach to heating a home.

Energy consumption[edit]

While local energy costs vary, a heat pump can reduce electricity use by up to 40 percent.[4] A local utility provider or a reputable heating & cooling contractor can provide energy savings analysis via a home energy audit.[5]


  1. ^ "How Heat Pumps Work", HowStuffWorks, Retrieved December 16, 2015
  2. ^ "Energy Star Showcases Efficient, Green HVAC Products", ACHR News, Retrieved December 16, 2015
  3. ^ "Comparing Motor Technologies", ACHR News, Retrieved December 16, 2015
  4. ^ "Heat Pump Systems", Energy.gov, Retrieved December 16, 2015
  5. ^ "Home Energy Audidts", Energy.gov, Retrieved December 2015