I handle year round temperature control in my home with a hybrid heating system. This type of system combines an electric air-source heat pump with a forced air, natural gas furnace. Although the purchase and installation of a hybrid heating system is way more expensive than a more conventional alternative, it saves enough money on annual utility costs to pay for itself. The advantage of hybrid eating is the ability to switch between two fuel sources. We’re able to utilize the most effective and effective means of comfort at any time of year. The electric heat pump operates by simply moving existing heat from location to another. In the summer months, it extracts heat out of the house and pumps it outside by way of refrigerant. It runs very much like a traditional air conditioner or refrigerator to create a cooling effect. However, the heat pump is especially energy efficient and very good at managing excess humidity. When the outside temperature cools off, the heat pump is capable of literally reversing the direction of operation. It finds ambient heat in the outside air, uses a compressor to bring it to a higher temperature and supplies the heat indoors. Because the system doesn’t generate heat by burning fossil fuels, it avoids greenhouse gases, fumes, hot surfaces and threats of carbon monoxide. It has very little environmental impact and is wonderfully energy efficient. Once the weather brings conditions below freezing, the system automatically switches over to the furnace. The furnace is far more powerful and can handle the worst of the winter weather.