The Emergency Heat Switch on Heat Pumps—What is It and How Does It Work All heat pumps are outfitted with emergency heat switches. This switch is meant to be used as its name implies—in an emergency. The emergency heat switch will turn on a strip, or strips, of electric heat and turn off the heat pump. When the temperature outside dips below 40 degrees, many Albuquerque residents will flip the switch in order to warm up. While this will do the job, we don’t propose you do this. When your system operates in this emergency mode, it can use a lot of energy and send your utility bill skyrocketing.
I-Deal HVAC advises only flipping on your emergency heat switch if your heat pump has stopped heating your space. 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 Albuquerque, it’s wise to give I-Deal HVAC a call. Investing in a backup heating system may save you some expense in the long run. We can install your backup system to work seamlessly 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 mechanically switch on your backup heating system. This method will keep your home cozy and warm on chilly days—and you can save your emergency heat switch for true 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 505-445-1250. Our team is happy to help. If it’s more convenient for you, you can also book an appointment with us online using our handy scheduler.