Gibson Heating & Cooling Blog: Archive for the ‘Heat Pumps’ Category

Dual Fuel Systems vs. Other Heating Options

Monday, December 23rd, 2019

fireplace-coupleA dual fuel system is designed as a halfway point between using the power of a furnace and the energy efficiency of an electrical heat pump. Natural gas furnaces are one of the best ways to provide warmth to a house because of their high heat levels and the availability of natural gas. Heat pumps can help save money using electrical heat, plus they also work as air conditioners.

But because of the cost of using natural gas and the trouble that heat pumps can encounter with extremely low temperatures, the dual fuel system became popular—a heat pump that uses a backup natural gas furnace to help when temperatures drop below 40°F. It does sound like the best of both worlds.

So why aren’t dual fuel systems in every home?

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Heat Pump Energy Efficiency Explained

Monday, November 11th, 2019

air-conditioner-money-saverWhen you’re looking around for a new heating option for your house before winter arrives, one of the key bits of information you’ll want to know about a heater is its energy efficiency. Residential heating systems have higher efficiency than ever before, and the standards for a heater to receive the ENERGY STAR label have increased.

Simply purchasing a high-efficiency system is not a guarantee of savings. If the heater isn’t the right type or size for your house, the efficiency rating won’t matter. You need to have a Marlton, NJ, HVAC contractor take care of the installation as well as help guide you to the ideal system. However, it’s worthwhile to know the basics of efficiency ratings. In this post, we’ll look at the efficiency ratings of heat pumps, which are a bit tricky because they have two different ones.

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Why Won’t My Heat Pump—Heat?

Monday, October 29th, 2018

woman-shiveringTemperatures are dropping as we move into the second half of fall. If you use a heat pump for your household comfort around the year, you may already have switched it over to heating mode for the first time. What happened when you did? If you started receiving warm air from the vents around the rooms (or from wall units if you have a ductless mini-split heat pump), then we can only assume you’re reading this post out of curiosity or maybe to plan ahead. Otherwise, you’re reading this because your heat pump either isn’t putting out enough heat to keep your family warm or it isn’t putting out heat at all. It may even still be sending out cold air.

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Can a Heat Pump Manage Heating My Home?

Monday, February 5th, 2018

sun-and-snowflake-badgeHeat pumps are not a new invention, but it’s only recently that they’ve started to make a big impression in homes in our area. More and more households today enjoy their summer cooling and winter heating from the two-in-one function of a heat pump.

If you’re considering changing your standard furnace-and-air conditioning HVAC set-up for a heat pump in the near future, you’ve probably already done a bit of research on them. One thing you’ll often read about regarding heat pumps is that they aren’t ideal for every home. Is a heat pump installation in Cherry Hill, NJ the right choice for your comfort needs? Let’s take a look …

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