How a Dual Fuel Heating System Handles All Aspects of Ohio’s Cold Weather

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When you live in an area with unpredictable winter temperatures, a dual fuel heating system is an economical choice. Dual fuel systems give homeowners the benefit of comfortable heating with a heat pump on mild days and the warmth of a gas furnace when the temperature drops below freezing. Because heat pumps are the most energy-efficient method of home heating, you may be able to save on your heating bill when the weather’s warmer.

Until the outside temperature reaches about 35 degrees, you’ll benefit from the advantages of the heat pump. While the heat pump is working, a steady flow of warm air is distributed throughout the home. Many people are comfortable with using a heat pump when the temperature is between 40 and 50 degrees outside.

On the days and nights that the outdoor temperature drops below freezing, you’ll stay warm inside with heat from your furnace. Gas furnaces distribute bursts of hot air throughout your home. Because heat pumps are much less efficient in freezing temperatures, the furnace can take over.

By using both methods of home heating, you can be comfortable year-round without worrying about the extreme natural gas or oil price fluctuations on your energy bill. Heat pumps distribute three to four times as much heat energy as they use in electricity to operate in cool weather. However, when the outdoor temperatures drop below freezing, they switch to a less efficient electric heating method, making furnace heat more economical.

For more information about dual fuel heating systems for heating your Ohio home, contact Apollo Home Heating, Cooling and Plumbing. We’ve been helping greater Cincinnati customers stay warm since 1901.

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"We scheduled an estimate AND a tune-up. We knew something was wrong with our furnace, but hoped we could make it through the rest of the season. Upon telling Bill what our furnace was doing, he warned us immediately what the possible outcome was going to be; a cracked heat exchanger. He watched the flames roll backward, tested carbon monoxide levels, which were so high they meter’s last reading was 5,600 before saying “high”. He immediately shut it down, tagged it, and explained that with levels that high and children in our home he wanted off right away. He continued his inspection and showed us via a camera that not only was it cracked in multiple places, but had holes all over it. He gave us a few options for repairing it; his knowledge as well as genuine concern was beneficial and refreshing. Luckily we also scheduled an estimator, Micah, to come too and we were able to get costs between repairing and replacing (with several options). We decided to replace with a much higher efficiency furnace and one sized properly to our home. Hands down, not only did they both provide us great service and knowledge, but without sounding dramatic, they may have saved our lives. This was our first time calling Apollo, but it won’t be our last."
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