The Emergency Heat Switch on Heat Pumps—What is It and How Does It Work

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All heat pumps are equipped with emergency heat switches. This switch is meant to be utilized as its name implies—in 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 Pinellas County residents will flip the switch in order to make it warmer. While this will do the job, we don’t advise doing this. When your system works in this emergency mode, it can use a lot of energy and send your energy bills skyrocketing.

Hale's Air Conditioning Services Inc recommends only flipping on your emergency heat switch if your heat pump has stopped heating your home. When it’s colder outside and it appears that your heat pump is constantly running, let it do its job. It’s actually much more efficient to let your heat pump run that it would be if your heat pump is operating in its emergency mode.

If you’ve found that your heat pump isn’t keeping up with the cooler weather in Pinellas County, it’s time to give Hale's Air Conditioning Services Inc a call. Investing in a backup heating system might save you some money in the long run. We can install your backup system to work seamlessly with your heat pump. So, when it’s 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 real 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.

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