Backup Heating for Your Heat Pump: Which Mode Is Best for Your San Antonio Home?

Heat pumps are recognized as one of the more efficient types of heating and cooling systems on the market, but they may need help in colder weather. The heat pump in your San Antonio home could deal with sub-freezing temperatures for some of the winter. Learn now the ins and outs of adding auxiliary heating so that your heat pump doesn’t have to overwork as the cold sneaks in.

Types of Backup Heating

Most common heat systems work as backup heating for your heat pump. It can often be paired with electrical heat, a forced-air gas furnace system, or a fuel oil system, or other systems. Ask your local heating experts about the best choices in your area, including:

  • Your local utility company. They can advise you on what kinds of heating are common in your area, and about how much it may take to run it in a comparable house.
  • HVAC service companies. Partner with NATE (North American Technician Excellence)-certified technicians to determine your home’s strengths and your heating needs. A good idea is to get an energy audit for an in-depth look at your heating needs.
  • Furnace manufacturers or suppliers. Manufacturers and their knowledgeable staff can be expert sources. They want satisfied customers, and aren’t likely to push you into a decision that doesn’t match your situation.

If you’re already used to forced-air heat, know that a heat pump feels very different. You won’t feel waves of hot air, but you will experience a cooler, steady and uniform heat.

How Heat Pumps Work With Auxiliary Systems

Heat pumps are made to be the primary home heat source. Your system triggers the heat pump until it reaches a point where it’s working too hard to create heat, and then it switches to backup. You still achieve cost-saving benefits, but your home stays warm even on freezing winter nights.

Contact us today at Airtron Heating & Air Conditioning for more expert advice on how to plan the right backup heating for your heat pump.

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