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 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 your heat pump. When the temperature outside drops below 40 degrees, many Saint Petersburg residents will flip the switch in order to make it warmer. While this will do the job, we don’t recommend it. When your system runs in this emergency mode, it can utilize a lot of energy and send your utility bill skyrocketing.
Hale's Air Conditioning Services Inc advises 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 Saint Petersburg, it’s wise to give Hale's Air Conditioning Services Inc a call. Investing in a backup heating system could 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 true 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 operates, call our experts at 727-369-6195. Our team is happy to help. If it’s more convenient for you, you can also schedule an appointment with us online using our handy scheduler.