electric or gas heat?

Originally Posted By: mcasavant
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if an external heat pump is present and working, would the furnace always be electric, even if there are gas appliances. icon_question.gif


Originally Posted By: gbell
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I would have to answer yes. I have never seen a heat pump with emergency gas heat. The only ones I have seen have an electric heat strip.



Greg Bell


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Originally Posted By: mcasavant
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Originally Posted By: rcallis
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Michael


Yes, you can have a heat pump with a gas furnace back-up and not have electric strip heat.

Most folks set them up on an outside thermostat so that when the tempature gets to a certain point the gas furnace takes over.

Reggie


Originally Posted By: cradan
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unit. I’m sure it’s a bit different down South…



Chris


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Originally Posted By: dedwards
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They sure do make “dual fuel” heat pumps. Not very common but they are out there. There are even oil fired auxilliary heat for heat pumps. There is even one I helped to install in a new custom home that used the water heater as the source of heat without losing any efficiency for either unit. We tend to see the same old off the shelf equipment every day but there is some pretty sophisticated systems available if someone wants to pay the bucks for it. My sister is building a new home right now and they are putting in geothermal heat pump. Super efficient and no outside unit to worry about or run into with the lawnmower. I plan to be there when they put it in. Will take some pictures for the BB.


Originally Posted By: gbell
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I thought I might be wrong given that all of my experience is in Florida and heat is not a very big concern here. Thank you for sharing the information. I always love to learn something new.



Greg Bell


Bell Inspection Service