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What's the Difference between a Heat Pump, Gas Pack, and Dual Fuel Unit?
04 Feb
By: Climate Control

Learn the basics about heating and air conditioning options

Climate Control

When it comes to heating and air conditioning, the terminology can be odd, confusing, and just plain overwhelming. If someone used the term “gas pack,” you might think they were talking about something for a car, or even a kind of jet-pack.

Instead, this refers to a style of HVAC unit to control the temperature inside your house. Sorry to kill the dream, Rocket Man.

So… What Are They?

To make things easier, we've created a little cheat sheet for your benefit. You'll be able to understand better what your HVAC pro is talking about… or just rock the heating and air conditioning topic at your next trivia night.

1. Heat Pump. Heat pumps offer both heating and cooling functions housed within a single unit. This means they run year-round, depending on the temperature: as a furnace in the winter or air conditioner in the summer. They primarily heat and cool by redistributing hot air (pulling it out of the house in the summer, and pulling it inside the house in the winter). These are mostly designed for a milder climate, as they don’t handle sub-freezing temperatures very well.

2. Gas Pack. While the heating and air conditioning components are also housed in the same unit, they use electricity for cooling and natural gas, oil, or propane for heating. These tend to be ideal in areas where non-electric fuels are relatively economical, maximizing cost savings by using the less expensive alternative during the colder winter months. Some models also have the bonus of being able to be installed on a roof (ideally in a climate where it doesn't snow all that much).

3. Dual Fuel. If your winters can be best described as “freezing,” this is the unit for you! It’s slightly more expensive to install, but you get the benefits of a heat pump and the high-output heating capacity of a furnace, all rolled into one neat package. The heat pump operates as normal during milder climate moments, but when the temperature plummets, a furnace kicks in and takes over.

Still Wondering which Is Right for You?

Contact the pros here at Climate Control, and we’ll help you determine what’s best for your home.

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