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Dmc25111
Electric heat pump and propane system
Dmc25111

I have an older electric heat pump that I am needing to replace. I could have a new electric heat pump installed but it was suggested by an hvac company to have an almost hybrid system that works off electric heat pump and then also propane installed. Any suggestions? I am looking for the most efficient system during the winter. I live in Lehigh valley area of pa. Any advice?

keith3267
Re: Electric heat pump and propane system
keith3267

Consider an electric heat pump, but get a propane powered emergency generator big enough to power the HVAC and the house. You might have to turn off the electric water heater during a power outage, and maybe not use the oven or more than one stovetop burner at a time, but at least you would be comfortable and you could read a book or watch TV while waiting for the power to come back on.

Jack
Re: Electric heat pump and propane system
Jack

You need to check and see which heat source is less expensive to operate, the electric heat or the propane. Many never gas units are 99% EF.

Jack

Mastercarpentry
Re: Electric heat pump and propane system
Mastercarpentry

Heat pumps lose efficiency the lower the outside temperature is, so in your climate a gas heat option would probably be better. Having said that, propane prices are all over the map from the different suppliers and in some areas where there is only one supplier the costs can be outrageous. So investigate that before choosing. Propane can also be used for domestic water heating, gas logs, barbecue grills, and back-up generator fuel as well if any of that matters to you. It's a great fuel if you can get it at good prices even here in the South where heat pumps work efficiently.

Phil

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