timely, and affordable: I called Summit at 8 a.m. on a Saturday
and Josh arrived within an hour. He installed an ignitor in
my furnace for a very reasonable price. I'm happy to refer
this guy to anyone."
White Bear Lake
A combination furnace and air source heat pump
system (also know as “dual fuel”, or “hybrid
heat”) is one of the most efficient ways to heat and
cool your home.
A heat pump looks exactly like a typical central
air conditioner on the outside. On the inside, however, are
controls that allow it to run in reverse when your home needs
heat. Depending on electric and natural gas rates, the heat
that is generated costs less than the price of the most
energy efficient natural gas furnaces. Heat pumps transfer
heat from the outside air, to the inside of your home, even
when it’s 10 degrees outside, there is still heat in
the air. The “balance point” is where your heat
pump shuts down and your furnace takes over. Balance points
range from 10-30 degrees, and is affected by the size &
type of equipment, home insulation, lifestyle, and comfort.
How much more is a heat pump, compared to a central air conditioner?
Prices will vary based on size, model, and installation. A
ballpark cost difference between an air conditioner and a
heat pump is about $1500. The cost to upgrade from an air
conditioner to a heat pump, however, could pay for itself within a few years. Propane and fuel oil customers will see a
quicker payback. Heat pumps are an excellent hedge against variable energy prices.
Many utility companies offer a reduced electrical rate when
heat pumps are used. In addition, a number of manufacturer
rebates are available on new heat pump systems.
Contact us for a free, no obligation quote on a new heat pump