The Emergency Heat Switch on Heat Pumps—What is It and How Does It Work All heat pumps are armed with emergency heat switches. This switch is meant to be used as its name implies—if there is an emergency. The emergency heat switch will turn on a strip, or strips, of electric heat and turn your heat pump off. When the temperature outside dips below 40 degrees, many Delray Beach residents will flip the switch in order to heat their homes up. While this will do the job, we don’t advise doing this. When your system operates in this emergency mode, it can utilize a lot of energy and send your utility bill skyrocketing.
Kilbourne Heating & AC suggests only flipping on your emergency heat switch if your heat pump has stopped heating your house. When it’s cooler outside and it feels like your heat pump is constantly running, let it do its job. It’s actually much more efficient to let your heat pump run than it would be if your heat pump is operating in its emergency mode.
If it seems that your heat pump isn’t keeping up with the cooler weather in Delray Beach, you should give Kilbourne Heating & AC a call. Investing in a backup heating system might save you some cash in the long run. We can install your backup system to work effortlessly with your heat pump. So, when it’s cold enough outside that your heat pump can’t pull warmer air into your home, your thermostat can automatically switch on your backup heating system. This method will keep your home nice and warm on chilly days—and you can save your emergency heat switch for actual heating emergencies.
If you want to learn more about ways you can supplement your heat pump’s heat supply or find out more about how your heat pump works, call our experts at 561-287-7071. We’ll be happy to help. If it’s more convenient for you, you can also schedule an appointment with us online using our handy scheduler.