Hybrid HVAC systems allow you the ability to decide which form of heat you want during the colder months of the year. Hybrid systems have no effect on your cooling costs. In many homes, you have a gas furnace inside with an air conditioner unit outside your home. A Hybrid HVAC System is very similar with the main difference being your outdoor condensing unit is a heat pump, versus a straight AC unit.
The choice on whether to get a Hybrid HVAC Unit or not, should be based on several factors, but the most significant, is the amount of HEAT your home uses. For instance, if you live in traditionally warmer climates, such as Florida or Southern California, where heat is rarely used, you will probably never get back the amount of money you spend to install a hybrid heating system, since you rarely use heat.
Here's a possible scenario for a Hybrid HVAC System
You live in a town where the cost of electricity and natural gas are about the same right now, so you decide to stick with a gas furnace and AC unit outside your home. In November, the price of natural gas goes through the roof, and so does your heating bill over the winter months! Electricity however, remained at the lower cost...
If you had a hybrid system with an outdoor AC Heat Pump in your home, you would be able to tell your thermostat that when the outdoor temperature was above 35 degrees, instead of using the gas furnace to heat the home, use the heat pump! That means you would be using the lower cost of electricity to heat your home... When the temp goes below 35 degrees, most heat pumps are much less effective and your thermostat would automatically switch over to the gas furnace for heating purposes!
Cost of Hybrid Heating
Because Hybrid Heat provides the flexibility to react to changing energy costs, it's an excellent investment for long term peace of mind, comfort, and protection against unpredictable fuel cost increases. Hybrid Heat Systems deliver exceptional performance using a heating source that provides its most energy-efficient comfort during moderate heating conditions. As the temperature drops outside, the system automatically switches to your second heating source when that becomes the most economical way to keep your family comfortable during more extreme outdoor conditions. Just as you would with any typical heating system, simply set your desired comfort level, and let Bryant's Hybrid Heat do the rest.