We had to make so several decisions when both of us built our modern home.
I did not realize it at the time, however perhaps our most pressing decision was the Heating, Ventilation, and A/C system.
The trend in modern construction seems to be energy efficiency, most furnaces here where I lived are driven by electric or propane, propane is legitimately lavish here, so almost everyone opt for electric heat pumps. But, electric heat pumps do not consistently labor efficiently once the temperature drops below 40 degrees. We don;t live in a cold temperature, however both of us do get frigid weather. That’s where hybrid heating and cooling comes in. We now get the best of what electric and propane can offer, because both of us opted for a hybrid Heating, Ventilation, and A/C system. It is a dual fuel, dual fan speed plan that combines an electric heat pump and a propane powered heating system. When it is above 40 degrees, our heating system uses the electric heat pump to warm our home. When the temperature drops below 40, the alternative propane section of the plan kicks in to do the heating. In addition to the dual fuel option, both of us also went with a dual fan system. When it’s mild and the house only needs to be warmed up by 10 or 15 degrees, the heating system conserves energy by using the lower fan speed. When it’s actually cold, the higher speed setting kicks in to get the warm air moving faster to where it needs to go. During our house planning phase, both of us quoted this hybrid heat pump plan would save us $1,200 to $1,500 a year in fuel costs over a conventional propane gas only heating system, which is a pressing deal to us. Hybrid heat pump systems are more lavish than traditional systems, however can pay for themselves in 3 to five years. But, in our case it was less than that. I was pleased to find out while both of us were in a recent appraisal of our house that a hybrid heat pump plan actually adds value to a home.