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Electric Heat

Boost your efficiency. Lower your emissions.

Learn how Trane's electric-powered systems can deliver a cleaner, healthier and more eco-friendly heating and cooling experience.

Why choose electric heat?

Electric heating systems use electricity to circulate air throughout your home instead of fully relying on natural gas. That means when you heat or cool your home with an electric heat pump or hybrid system, you're helping reduce greenhouse gas emissions that harm the environment. These systems also use less energy overall, which could lower your monthly utility bills.

What electric heating looks like

Heat Pumps
XR 15 Heat Pump

Trane’s electric heat pumps extract energy from the air outside to heat your home in the winter. During the summer, they remove hot air from your home to leave it feeling cool. Like air conditioners, they come with outdoor and indoor units that efficiently transfer air in and out of your home.

Hybrid Systems
XR 15 Heat Pump

Hybrid systems (also called dual fuel systems) combine heat pumps and gas furnaces to heat and cool your home. They work together to keep you comfortable. In winter, your heat pump heats your home until it gets too cold outside. That's when the gas furnace kicks in and takes over heating duties.

How do heat pumps work?

Trane’s air-source heat pumps draw heat from the air outside and transfer it into your home during the winter. In the summer, heat pumps remove hot air from your home so that it creates a cooler environment. Heat pumps don't actually generate energy themselves, but move heat and air from one place to another. They only require a small amount of electricity to run properly.

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Are heat pumps and air conditioners the same?

Not at all. Heat pumps and air conditioners look alike, but they don't work the same. Air conditioners only circulate cool air in your home and need to be paired with a gas furnace or rely on strip heaters to provide heat. However, heat pumps both heat and cool your home.

What makes heat pumps & hybrid systems efficient?

Electric heat pumps and hybrid systems use a minimal amount of energy. The Department of Energy estimates that air-source heat pumps can provide one-and-a-half to three times more heat energy to a home than the electric energy they consume. That's because they take heat from the air outside and move it inside instead of burning natural gas or using electric heat strips to heat your home.

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Explore more heat pump benefits

Electric heat pumps are ideal for homeowners living in mild or moderate climates that don't get bitterly cold in the winter. Even better: They're more versatile, efficient and eco-friendly than systems that are completely fueled by natural gas.

  • No toxic emissions

    Electric heat pumps don't burn as many fossil fuels as natural gas heaters*. That means they don’t produce harmful carbon emissions and greenhouse gases that could affect your health or the environment.

  • Better efficiency, fewer costs

    Trane heat pumps use less energy than other HVAC systems. Several of our models are ENERGY STAR®-qualified, so they meet the federal government's strict energy usage guidelines. Learn more about ENERGY STAR®

  • Completely versatile

    Heat pumps have two important jobs: heating and cooling your home whenever you want. Simply turn on your heating or cooling setting to change how your heat pump is operating.

  • Air handler compatible

    Heat pumps also pair nicely with air handlers, which help circulate conditioned air throughout your home. While your heat pump's hard at work transferring air inside your home, your air handler makes sure it reaches the rooms where you want it. Read more about air handlers

Why might you consider a hybrid system?

Pairing your heat pump with a gas furnace can help save you on utility costs while offering optimal comfort year round. Enjoy the environmentally-friendly benefits of this dynamic duo.

  • You live in a cold climate

    If you live in a region that typically experiences harsh winters, you may find much-needed comfort with a hybrid system. Heat pumps may have trouble providing sufficient heat if the weather dips too far below freezing. Combining a heat pump with a gas furnace alleviates that worry because the furnace kicks in once the heat pump reaches its limit.

  • You live in a home with a furnace

    Your home may have been constructed with a gas furnace. Removing your furnace could be very costly, which is why a hybrid system may be best. You'll get to keep your furnace and add a heat pump for just one installation cost.

  • You want to lower your energy costs

    Because they're paired with heat pumps, hybrid systems use less energy than other HVAC systems. That level of efficiency can drastically reduce your monthly energy usage and utility bills.

  • You care about our planet

    Want to reduce your carbon footprint? Choose a hybrid system. Because they're paired with heat pumps, these systems don't burn as many fossil fuels as other HVAC equipment.