In southern states, homeowners often use a heat pump to provide heat, instead of a furnace or boiler, because it is incredibly efficient. To put this in perspective, the most efficient furnaces are about 95% efficient, meaning that 5% of the fuel used by the furnace is wasted. Heat pumps are 300% efficient; they produce 3 times the heat that they consume in energy.
The Chicago climate is too cold to rely solely on a heat pump to control temperature during the winter, but a hybrid system, combining a heat pump and a furnace is a popular choice for homeowners that want the most energy efficient option to stay warm in the winter.
Our hybrid system utilizes a variety of energy efficient features found on the furnace as well as the heat pump.
Green Furnace and Green Heat Pump Features:
- Motor – It has a variable speed motor that converts AC voltage to DC voltage. It uses the least amount of electricity to circulate the air in your home.
- Venting – A high efficiency furnace uses PVC to vent the products of combustion through the side wall of your house instead of venting up your chimney. This is done by squeezing more heat out of the flue gas and sending less wasted heat up the chimney. Basically more of your heating dollar goes in your home and not up your chimney.
- 2 stage – Furnaces that have multiple stages use only the heat needed to heat your house. A basic furnace has to be sized for the coldest day of the year. This condition only occurs 5% of the heating months.
- Manufactures offer lifetime heat exchanger warranties on furnaces that vent through PVC. This adds to customers’ peace of mind because the heat exchanger is the heart of the furnace.