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 managed as its name implies—when there is 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 Cottonwood residents will flip the switch in order to warm up. While this will do the job, we don’t recommend it. When your system operates in this emergency mode, it can use a lot of energy and send your utility bill skyrocketing.
Connolly Electric & Mechanical suggests only flipping on your emergency heat switch if your heat pump has stopped heating your space. When it’s colder outside and it seems 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 you notice that your heat pump isn’t keeping up with the cooler weather in Cottonwood, it’s time to give Connolly Electric & Mechanical a call. Investing in a backup heating system may save you some cash in the long run. We can install your backup system to work seamlessly with your heat pump. So, when the weather is so cold 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 warm and cozy on chilly days—and you can save your emergency heat switch for actual heating emergencies.
If you want to hear 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 928-639-4251. 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.