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Dual Fuel Systems in Sacramento, CA

Heat pumps are a popular option for comfort in Northern California. They provide powerful air conditioning able to overcome the hottest of our summer days, and then switch into a heating mode for the mild winters that won’t drain the amount of power that an electric furnace does. Heat pumps, however, aren’t always the right match for a home. In some situations during cold weather, they might suffer from a plunge in efficiency. There’s a way to bypass this problem, and that’s with a hybrid heat pump, also known as a dual fuel heat pump.

If you’re wondering whether to have a standard heat pump or a hybrid heat pump installed in your home, let the HVAC experts at Crystal Blue Plumbing, Heating & Air assist you. We install, repair, replace, and maintain dual fuel systems throughout Sacramento, CA and the surrounding areas. Our motto is: “Customer Service the Way It Used to Be!”

Why Use a Hybrid Heat Dual Fuel System?

A heat pump isn’t perfect: there’s one "loophole" in the way it operates that can cause trouble during cold weather. To provide warmth to a home in heating mode, a heat pump must condense refrigerant in the outdoor unit and absorb thermal energy from the air. Although there’s always some thermal energy outdoors, no matter how cold it is, in low temperatures a heat pump may begin to suffer a drop in efficiency as it struggles to extract enough heat to warm the house.

A dual fuel heat pump uses a back–up system to help it when it struggles in cold conditions. The back–up system is usually a furnace that runs from natural gas or liquid propane (which is why it’s called a dual fuel system; the heat pump uses electricity, while the furnace uses a second energy source). The back–up heater will run as long as necessary, then shut down when the heat pump can function at normal efficiency once more.

Does My Home Need a Dual Fuel Heat Pump?

We can’t answer this question here, because each home has different comfort needs. However, we can find out for you! Our experts will perform a heat load calculation to determine how much warmth a heat pump must produce for household comfort. If we think a heat pump might have an uphill struggle during cold weather in your house, we’ll recommend installing a hybrid heat dual fuel system. You can trust us to find the best comfort solution to meet your needs.

Looking for Hybrid Heat Pump Repairs in Sacramento?

With a dual fuel heat pump, you have two separate systems that can suffer from repair issues. You only want skilled technicians who work with all types of HVAC systems to work on your hybrid heat pump. When you need those repairs done, Crystal Blue Plumbing, Heating & Air has the experienced technicians for the job—and they’re available 24/7! When you sign up for our regular maintenance program, the Crystal Blue Service Club, you’ll have your dual fuel heat pump taken care of twice a year to ensure it will deliver top–level performance and enjoy a long life keeping you comfortable in Sacramento, CA.