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Residential Hydronic Furnace with Heat Pump
Comfort Plus Hydronic System Installed with a Heat Pump
Heat pump systems are known as one of the most efficient methods of heating and cooling. Utilizing a Comfort Plus Hydronic unit with a heat pump allows the heat pump's high efficiency to be combined with off-peak electric rates making this heating and cooling system the lowest operation cost option. In addition, the Comfort Plus Hydronic unit ensures comfort regardless of outdoor temperature.
In heat pump applications, the Comfort Plus Hydronic unit replaces the resistance strip heat or secondary heat, which is typically required as a supplement or backup to heat pump systems, with low cost, off-peak stored heat. As outside temperatures decline the stored heat in the Comfort Plus Hydronic unit is used in conjunction with the heat pump's heating capacity to satisfy comfort requirements. During on-peak hours or when the demand for heat is at the point where the heat pump alone cannot satisfy the heating requirements, the stored heat is used to supplement the heat pump. The Comfort Plus Hydronic unit allows the heat pumps efficiency to be utilized even during cooler outdoor temperatures.
To interface the Comfort Plus Hydronic unit to a heat pump, the Steffes Air Handler is required. The Steffes Air Handler not only allows the Steffes Comfort Plus Hydronic furnace to supplement the heat pump and provide comfort modulation when needed; but, it also will direct the heat lost statically through the furnace’s outer panels into the ductwork for delivery to the living space (automatic static heat recovery).
The Comfort Plus/Heat Pump system offers significant benefits:
How the System Works
Residential Hydronic Furnace