One of the easiest ways to save energy is to have an efficient HVAC system. At Barber Heating and Air, we are dedicated to maintaining and installing the perfect system for your home. If you’re interested in how we can meet the energy needs for your Burlington, NC home, request a quote or call us at (336) 226-6959.

One of the products we offer is dual fuel HVAC systems. Dual fuel systems simply means that there are two heating sources, which alternate between two fuel sources. For example, using an electric heat pump with a gas (or propane, or oil) furnace is a dual fuel system.

What this means: if you have a traditional gas system, you only use the furnace for heating and the air conditioning for cooling. With dual fuel, you are using your heat pump for heat first and then your gas furnace as a back-up, in case it gets too cold.

So, when is it recommended to have a dual fuel system? If you have a propane or oil furnace, you should go dual fuel! This type of system is also better for the environment; electric systems have no emissions, so you use as much electricity on the heat pump as possible (and the gas furnace only as necessary).

You might be wondering about the environmental impact of a dual fuel system. Anytime something burns, no matter the substance that’s burning, there’s going to be a byproduct that needs to be vented outside. Twenty percent of a typical gas furnace’s emissions become waste (the other 80% usually goes into your ducts).

Electric furnaces have no byproducts – they are 100% efficient.

In addition, according to the US Energy Information Administration, the price of natural gas is predicted to skyrocket. This means you should take advantage of the low price of natural gas now.