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Generally speaking, winters in Buford, GA are relatively mild. However, temperatures still regularly dip down into the thirties at nighttime. People often wonder whether heat pumps can provide enough warmth when the thermometer nears freezing. After all, having an effective heating system is essential in such conditions. Let’s take a look at the capabilities and limitations of these systems.

Heat Pumps and Other HVAC Equipment

Like air conditioners, heat pumps use refrigerant to transfer heat from the air inside your home to the outdoors. However, unlike air conditioners, these systems can also be used for heating. They do so by way of a reversing valve that changes the direction of the refrigerant and transfers heat from the air outside to the indoors.

This process is much more efficient than burning fuel to produce heat like a furnace or a boiler. Many models of heat pumps are also available with two-stage or variable- speed compressors. Instead of running at full blast all the time, these devices can reduce their output to provide even greater efficiency and unmatched comfort.

Combining Heat Pumps and Furnaces

Even when it feels unbearably cold to us there is still heat energy to be extracted from the air outside. Of course, when temperatures approach freezing, heat pumps aren’t nearly as efficient or effective. Fortunately, there is a solution to this problem. Heat pumps can be paired with a furnace in a dual fuel hybrid system to provide optimal comfort and reduce energy waste. A dual fuel hybrid system automatically switches back and forth from the heat pump and the furnace, depending on the more efficient option.

Sound Advice from True Professionals

When it comes to heating and cooling your home or place of business it pays to understand your options. The experts at Zack Hammonds A/C Heating Refrigeration Inc. can answer your questions and help you determine what kind of system will work best for you and your home. Give our knowledgeable staff a call today at 770-691-3162 to get started.

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