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When Should I Turn On The Backup Heat For My Dual Fuel Heating System in Atlanta?

This is a common question that we get from some of our customers in the Atlanta area. Dual fuel systems can be more complicated than a single fuel system because the secondary heating system is dependent upon several factors in order to work properly. In this blog post, we’ll explore what a dual fuel system is, why it’s necessary and when you should turn it on.

Why Do You Need Dual Fuel Systems?

While heat pumps are a terrific way to increase the efficiency of your home, they do come with draw backs. One of those draw backs is that when the temperature outside becomes too cold, the heat pump will actually become less efficient. A great way to solve this problem is with a dual fuel system. In Atlanta, it can get cold which is why many of our customers who use heat pumps often have a backup system that will provide supplemental heat when the temperature drops too low.

When To Turn On Your Dual Fuel Heating System

In many cases, the actual turning on of your secondary system is done automatically by an outside sensor. The exact temperature at which it happens is normally set by your heating installation contractor. Traditionally, the temperature is between 30° F and 40° F. This temperature is highly subjective and should be adjusted to your liking. However, you should absolutely consult with your local Atlanta heating company to figure out what the best temperature is for your home.

The Price of Fuel

As we mentioned above, the main reason for a dual fuel heating system is efficiency. Your dual fuel system can also be adjusted depending on what happens with fuel prices. For example, if your secondary system is a gas-fired furnace, you can have the furnace turn on sooner if gas becomes cheaper than electricity.

If you have any questions about your dual fuel system in your home in Atlanta, give Cool Air Mechanical a call today. We’ll be happy to talk with you about what temperature it should be set at and how to make your system run more efficiently.

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