When both of us bought our home, it was already equipped with a forced air oil furnace.
The furnace was fairly new as well as in nice condition. It was plenty powerful enough to handle the extreme weather in our local area, then living in the northeastern part of the country, both of us experience every type of season as well as condition, including sub zero temperatures, snow, freezing rain, high winds, intensive heat as well as brutal humidity. While both of us were perfectly gratified with the performance of the oil furnace in the winter, both of us wanted to add a cooling system. My first thought was to purchase a conventional centralized air conditioner. That would have been the least lavish option. However, after I did some research into the pros as well as cons of odd types of systems, I decided to spend more on an electric heat pump. I knew that the heat pump would pay for itself in energy savings. The luck of a heat pump is that it provides both heating as well as cooling capability. The two of us use it just love an air conditioner in the summer. It keeps costs low as well as effectively handles excessive humidity. Once the outdoor temperature cools off, the heat pump reverses the flow of refrigerant to bring heat into the house. It relies on ambient heat rather than burning fossil fuels to generate heat. This process is especially energy efficient. It’s also very environmentally friendly, safe, quiet as well as clean. For the majority of the year, the year pump provides everything both of us need. It’s only when the temperature drops below freezing that the heat pump struggles to keep up. At that point, the oil furnace kicks in as well as supplies sufficient heat to keep the home perfectly comfortable. The combination of the gas oil furnace as well as the electric heat pump is known as a dual fuel system.