The people I was with and I had to make so numerous decisions when we built our current home.
I didn’t realize it at the time, but perhaps our most crucial decision was the Heating in addition to A/C system.
The trend in current construction seems to be energy efficiencyâ€¦ Most oil furnaces here where I lived are driven by electric or propane. Propane is easily high-priced here, so most people opt for electric heat pumps. But, electric heat pumps do not always toil efficiently once the temperature drops below 40 degrees. The people I was with and I don;t live in a freezing weather conditions, but we do get freezing weather. That’s where hybrid heating in addition to cooling comes in. The people I was with and I now get the best of what electric in addition to propane can offer, because we opted for a hybrid Heating in addition to A/C system. It is a dual fuel, dual fan speed program that combines an electric heat pump in addition to a propane powered gas furnace. When it is above 40 degrees, our gas furnace uses the electric heat pump to overheated our home. When the temperature drops below 40, the alternative propane section of the program kicks in to do the heating. In addition to the dual fuel option, we also went with a dual fan system. When it’s mild in addition to the apartment only needs to be warmed up by 10 or 15 degrees, the gas furnace conserves energy by using the lower fan speed. When it’s entirely cold, the higher speed setting kicks in to get the overheated air moving faster to where it needs to go. During our beach house planning phase, we estimated this hybrid heat pump program would save us $1,200 to $1,500 a year in fuel costs over a conventional propane gas only gas furnace, which is a crucial deal to us. Hybrid heat pump systems are more high-priced than traditional systems, but can pay for themselves in 3 to 5 years. But, in our case it was less than that. I was content to find out while we were in a recent appraisal of our apartment that a hybrid heat pump program certainly adds value to a home.