Hybrid heat pump frequently asked questions
It is a heating and cooling system that can heat using electricity or gas, giving you the best of both
heating options. It is much like a hybrid electric vehicle which can operate on either electricity or gas.
During the cooling season, a hybrid heat pump works just like a regular air conditioner. During the
heating season, heat is provided by the heat pump when it is most efficient and automatically switches
to a furnace at other times.
- Provides heat at a temperature closer to the setting for your home, keeping temperature ranges more
constant and your home more comfortable.
- Does not dry out the home as quickly as a standard furnace, and helps keep your home more
comfortable when it is operating.
- Does not burn fossil fuels when the heat pump is operating, so it helps reduce your carbon footprint.
- Provides the flexibility of having heating options.
- Works in conjunction with your propane or gas furnace, so the furnace remains a part of your system.
New homes have their heating and cooling included in the cost of the home. Replacement systems can
be expensive and are generally a stand-alone expense. This program is specifically directed towards the
replacement market to help encourage high efficiency replacement equipment that provides affordable
The program is designed for a standard homeowner replacing a single air conditioner. This covers most
of the residential replacement market. If a homeowner has more than one air conditioner being
replaced, they are still eligible for the rebate offer on one of the systems.
An upgrade to a hybrid heat pump utilizes the existing furnace and requires no additional power to the
indoor unit. That minimizes the expense of the upgrade. An upgrade to a full heat pump would take
more extensive modification.
A heat pump provides heat using electricity rather than burning a fossil fuel to create heat. If you trace
the production of electricity back to the source, you will find that Westar’s production of electricity is
roughly 50% emission free, which is among the nation’s leaders in clean energy.
A hybrid heat pump provides benefits to both Westar and its customers. For a customer, it provides a
flexible and efficient fuel heating source that takes advantage of both heating sources in the home at
the time they work best. For Westar, it provides additional energy sales over an existing electric system
which helps provide revenue for system maintenance and other operating costs. Spreading these costs
our over more energy sales helps reduce the pressure for higher rates to cover expenses. The rebate is
covered by the additional revenue provided by the hybrid system in the first few years of operation.