heat pump outside house, part of a hybrid heat pump system

Trane heat pumps are an efficient hybrid heating and cooling option for the home.

A heat pump, as the name suggests, pumps heat from one location to another location within your home to keep you warmer during wintertime. However, a heat pump or mini split can also cool your home in the summertime through the use of a reversing valve and heat exchanger that pushes heat out rather then in. Princeton Air installs energy efficient Trane heat pumps.  

What is Hybrid Heat?

A hybrid heat pump system automatically reacts to the changes in the outdoor temperature and adjusts the indoor temperature by activating whichever heating/cooling system will bring your home to the desired temperature most efficiently. During mild weather a dual heat pump system simply transfers heat from the outside air, rather than creating it. When temperatures get colder, the system creates heat, but does so far more efficiently than a traditional furnace. In times of extreme cold, your furnace steps in and helps get your home to the desired temperature. Except for times of extreme cold or warmth, a hybrid heat system can rely almost entirely on heat pumps.

Interested in adding a hybrid heat pump system to your home’s heating and cooling system?trane logo

Trane heat pumps are far more efficient than conventional heating systems and have the added bonus of being able to cool the air. Depending on the size of your home and your system and the temperature outside, a heat pump may not be able to independently heat your home, but it will lessen the load for the rest of the system. This will make the system as a whole operate more efficiently and increase the lifespan of your other heating and cooling equipment.

New Jersey's Clean Energy Program Rebates for Heat Pumps

Changing your heating and cooling system with a new heat pump and hybrid heating system could also qualify you for New Jersey's Clean Energy Program rebates. If you are interested in learning how you can lower your energy consumption costs through the use of a heat pump and a hybrid heating system and take advantage of rebates, contact us today. One of our energy consultants will be glad to explain more about the benefits of the system and explore the best options for your particular needs.


I hear a lot of talk about high-efficiency heating systems. How do you determine a heating system’s efficiency?

One indiciator is Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE). All heating equipment manufactured after 1980 has been required to have a label indicating its AFUE. The AFUE ratio is a measurement of a heating system’s seasonal efficiency, taking into account how well the system performs over an entire season of starts and stops. Modern heating systems can range in efficiency from 81% to 95%. If your system’s AFUE is lower than this range, talk to us about your replacement options.

Do you use your own installation specialists or do you hire subcontractors?

During our 45 year history, Princeton Air has invested significant time & money into being able to offer our Clients a “1-stop” purchasing experience, by employing & training the most capable technicians in the area, and being able to control all facets of the products & services our clients demand “in house”, meaning without the use of outside tradesman / professionals, often referred to as “Subcontractors”.

 However, no matter how hard we have tried, the bottom line is that everyone needs some help some of the time; and rather than continue to expend resources in technical areas that can sometimes require “expert-level” know-how, we have decided to instead developed long term Strategic Alliances with well-known & reputable local industry professionals in some fields “best left to true experts”, such as: Plumbing, large-scale Spray Foam Applications, Mold / Asbestos Remediation, Oil Tank Removals, High-Voltage Electrical Modifications, Chimney Repairs & Liners, and Duct Cleaning.

 And for our Clients, the best part of these relationships is that we are still able to be price-competitive; by using equipment out of our extensive inventory while simultaneously giving each partner a large volume of work, they are able to afford us a lower industry rate for their labor, so your investment ends up being the same as if we were performing all of these measures “in house”.

 Nonetheless, please be assured that during projects that one of our partners are engaged in, Princeton Air is the Project Manager, and will handle most, if not all, of the scheduling, permits and paperwork; and we hold our partners to the highest of quality standards – the same standards that you would expect from Princeton Air.

 We thank you for the opportunity to earn your business, and in advance for your anticipated understanding of our situation & decision. Please feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns that you might have regarding this policy, or any other Princeton Air Standard.

My home does NOT have forced-air heating, and, therefore, there is no ductwork. Can I still get central air conditioning?

Absolutely! Today simple, ductless air conditioning options make it possible to install a quiet, efficient air-conditioning system in your home even if it doesn’t have ductwork.

Ductless air-conditioning systems consist of one or more indoor air-distribution units linked by refrigeration lines to an outdoor compressor. These flexible “hoses” can be positioned inside your walls and ceilings with a minimum of inconvenience. Installing ductless air conditioning costs a little more than standard central air-conditioning systems but much less than the cost of installing ductwork and a central air-conditioner.

Lower energy consumption and costs with a new hybrid heat pump system!


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