My beach house was already equipped with a forced air furnace when I moved in; Living where I do, a heating plan is essential.
I run the furnace for more than half the year.
Air conditioning is truly optional, however short our Summer season, all of us do get temperatures in the nineties & the humidity is horrible. I held off for multiple years before I decided to invest in a whole-beach house cooling system! Since the HVAC duct was already in arena, I didn’t expect the cost to be prohibitive. I started by calling a local HVAC company for an estimate. After looking over our beach house & making all sorts of calculations, he commanded that I spend a lot more cash on an electric heat pump. I was convinced that he was just hoping for a greater profit. I took the time to research the combination of a heat pump with a gas furnace & l gained that there’s a whole bunch of benefits. It’s called a dual fuel plan & it helps to chop the costs of both heating & cooling. While an electric heat pump is more high-priced than an cooling system, it’s also a lot more energy efficient. The operation is easily similar to a conventional cooling system in that it uses refrigerant to transport heat from 1 location to another. The heat pump is better at dehumidification & offers the added bonus of reversing to supply heating. It finds ambient heat in the outdoor air & pumps indoors. It doesn’t burn fossil fuels or create any combustion by products, making it exceptionally safe, clean & environmentally friendly. The heat pump handles demand until the temperature drops below freezing. At that point, the furnace automatically starts up & takes over. Because the furnace is carrying a much lighter workload, it should last quite a bit longer.