Hybrid heating systems are designed to take advantage of more than one heat source. This is to gain maximum efficiency during the heating season. A hybrid system utilizes a tradition gas or oil furnace, paired with a heat pump to provide efficient heating at any temperature. When temperatures are mild, the electric heat pump delivers energy-efficient heating for your home without activating the furnace. The furnace is more expensive and less efficient to run. As the temperature dips below the range in which the heat pump is most efficient, your traditional furnace system will take over to deliver the heat you need. Additionally, it’s possible to use a heat pump for cooling as well. This means you may be able to completely replace your air conditioning system when you upgrade to hybrid heating system.