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Get Better Heat, Save Money by Going Hybrid This Winter

As the cost of fuel continues to rise, homeowners look for more efficient ways to heat their homes. One of the best ways to achieve efficiency, cost-effectiveness and comfort is to use a Hybrid Heat system. Hybrid Heat systems include a heat pump and gas furnace, managed by a compatible control or thermostat.
Hybrid heat or dual fuel systems deliver exceptional performance by 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.
For instance, the Carrier Infinity Hybrid Heat system includes an Infinity 20 heat pump with Greenspeed intelligence and an Infinity 98 gas furnace with Greenspeed intelligence, managed by an Infinity control. It is more efficient than any gas furnace alone, because it allows the flow between electric and gas heating to optimize the economy of each fuel source.
The rising price of gas and oil has spurred a great interest in alternative heating solutions, says Rob Lambert, product manager and application engineer for Carriers residential cooling systems. A Hybrid Heat system allows homeowners to save money on energy costs for years to come, since the system balance point is set to help optimize each fuel source, depending on utility costs and weather conditions in your area.
The secret behind a Hybrid Heat system is the heat pump. A heat pump operates as an air conditioner in hot weather but can also reverse the process and heat the home when cold weather arrives. Rather than burning fuel to generate heat, a heat pump moves heat without a flame. Since most heat pumps operate using electricity, it offers homeowners the flexibility and efficiency of electricity as an alternative fuel source.
With new technology available in the heating and cooling industry, now more homeowners can take advantage of systems that help them save money and provide home comfort.
Visit www.residential.carrier.com for more information on Hybrid Heat systems.
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