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Hybrid Heating Systems

This type of system uses an air-to-air heat pump as the primary heat source and a fossil fuel forced hot air furnace, either oil, natural gas or propane fired as back up heat. Oil or gas furnaces now come with an electronic commutated motor (ECM) which is much more efficient that a regular motor. This motor drives the blower fan which uses less energy that a 100 watt light bulb. Oil furnaces use a state of the art Riello oil burner with AFUE ratings of 87%. The gas furnaces are condensing and have AFUE ratings of 95% and come in 1, 2 and 3 stages of heat. Some models are fully modulating. The heat pump also has 2-stages of heat and comes in 15, 16 or 20 SEER rating.

Advantages

A hybrid heating system has multiple stages of heat to optimize efficiencies. You can choose between fossil fuel or the heat pump depending on fuel prices and electric rates. The heat pump gives you air conditioning as well.

Disadvantages

Hybrid heating systems require ductwork which takes up space in walls. They tend to dry out the air. A separate direct-fired hot water tank is required. When the outside temperature falls below freezing, the heat pump can no longer cost effectively heat your home so you would need to rely on the fossil fuel furnace for heating.

Key System Features

  • ACCULINK™ COMMUNICATING SYSTEM
    AccuLink™ Communicating System is an integrated and self-configuring system that makes it possible for your components to automatically talk to each other.
  • HSPF RATING
    Heating Seasonal Performance Factor refers to the efficiency of the heating mode of heat pumps over an entire heating season. The higher the number, the more efficient the unit.
  • SEER RATING
    Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio, a rating that measures the cooling efficiency of a heat pump or air conditioner
  • TWO-STAGE
    Two-stage heating and cooling is considered to be more efficient, because it operates at a low, energy-saving speed most of the time. However, on days when more heating or cooling is required, it switches to the next stage for maximum comfort.
  • VARIABLE SPEED MOTOR(S)
    The fan motor inside higher efficiency indoor and outdoor units is designed to change its speed based on your home’s requirements.

Products

American Standard Heritage Central Heat Pumps
These heat pumps must be installed with a furnace and a ductwork system

  • American Standard Heritage® 20 Communicating Heat Pump
  • Automatically communicates and coordinates with your other system components via the AccuLink™ Communicating System
  • Variable Speed – Runs quietly and evenly distributes warm air to every room with its variable speed fan motor
  • Up to 19 SEER – Among the highest efficiency in the industry, significantly surpassing government efficiency standards and helping you save up to 56% on your energy bills while reducing greenhouse gas emissions
  • Up to 9 HPSF rating
  • Contains two compressors that provide two-stage heating and cooling, running at an energy-saving 50% capacity most of the time, which may help lower your heating and cooling bills
  • American Standard Heritage® 16 Communicating Heat Pump
  • Automatically communicates and coordinates with your other system components via the AccuLink™ Communicating System
  • Variable Speed – Runs quietly and evenly distributes warm air to every room with its variable speed fan motor
  • Up to 17 SEER – Among the highest efficiency in the industry, significantly surpassing government efficiency standards and helping you save up to 50% on your energy bills while reducing greenhouse gas emissions
  • Up to 9.2 HPSF rating
  • Contains a two-step Duration™ compressor with two-stage cooling which runs at 70% capacity most of the time, and steps up to the second stage
  • American Standard Heritage® 15 Heat Pump
  • Up to 16.5 SEER – Surpasses government efficiency standards, helping you save up to 50% on your energy bills while reducing greenhouse gas emissions
  • Up to 9 HPSF rating
  • CoolSmart Rebates may be available for NSTAR and National Grid electric customers
  • Many models meet efficiency requirements for a federal energy tax credit when installed as part of a complete system

Bryant Evolution® Central Heat Pumps
These heat pumps must be installed with a furnace and a ductwork system

  • Bryant Heritage® 18 Seer Heat Pump
  • Two-stage compressor
  • Up to 18 Seer
  • 9 HSPF
  • Optional temperature, humidity and indoor air quality controller
  • Bryant Heritage® 16 Seer Heat Pump
  • Two-stage reciprocating compressor
  • Up to 16 Seer
  • 9 HSPF
  • Optional temperature, humidity and indoor air quality controller

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