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Heat pumps are excellent comfort systems for homes because they work as both air conditioners and heaters. You only need to make a single adjustment on the thermostat to switch from cooling mode to heating mode. But there’s a drawback that heat pumps suffer from, which is that extremely cold outdoor temperatures make it harder for them to draw sufficient heat from the outside air to bring it indoors. In Minneapolis, MN, the chilly winters can result in heat pumps starting to lose their energy efficiency.


There is a way around this, however, which is a dual fuel system that provides a heat pump with a back-up heater that runs on a different energy source. If your home isn’t suited for a heat pump, then perhaps a dual fuel heat pump will do the job. To find out, contact Freedom Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. and speak to our HVAC experts today. We offer complete installation, replacement, repair, and maintenance services for hybrid heat pumps. Call us today to schedule service on dual fuel systems in Minneapolis, MN and the surrounding area.


How Dual Fuel Systems Work

A dual fuel system is a true hybrid: it’s a combination of a heat pump (which runs from electricity) and a furnace(which runs from either natural gas or liquid propane). The heat pump does most of the work, acting as an air conditioning system during warm weather, and then switching to working as a heater during cold weather. However, if the heat pump starts to lose energy efficiency because of extreme low temperatures outside—something that’s common enough in Minneapolis—it will automatically activate the furnace. The furnace then works in tandem with the heat pump to make up the difference. As soon as the heat pump regains its energy efficiency, the furnace will shut down.


Should You Have a Dual Fuel Heat Pump Installed in Your Minneapolis Home?

This is a question that is best left to a professional HVAC technician to decide. Heat pump technology continues to improve so that newer models are more likely to maintain their energy efficiency in colder weather. But each home has different heating requirements, and a professional can determine through a heat load calculation how much heat is necessary to maintain comfort—and if a heat pump on its own can do it efficiently. If a hybrid heat pump is the best choice for both your comfort and energy bills, the installer can explain how much you can expect to use the secondary energy source per year and how much it will cost.


We Offer Excellent Hybrid Heat Dual Fuel System Repair & Maintenance Services

Although a dual fuel system is designed to work as a single unit, it’s still essentially a heat pump and a furnace combination, and can fall prey to same types of malfunctions that affect standalone heat pumps and furnaces. If one or both of the components of your dual fuel system starts to malfunction (e.g. the furnace won’t kick in when it should), make sure that you call on HVAC professionals like the ones at Freedom Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. and let them handle fixing the problem. Regular maintenance is also essential to see that a hybrid heat pump can really live up to its energy efficiency potential—and that it won’t fail abruptly on you during the coldest winter day.


You can rely on us to take care of all your heating needs in Minneapolis, MN and the surrounding areas. Our NATE–certified technicians are standing by, ready with 24/7 service when you need it! Call us today to schedule dual fuel heater services in Minneapolis, MN and the surrounding area.

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