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 off your heat pump. When the temperature outside gets below 40 degrees, many Paso Robles 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 runs in this emergency mode, it can utilize a lot of energy and send your utility costs skyrocketing.

Paso Robles Heating and Air suggests only flipping on your emergency heat switch if your heat pump has stopped heating your home. 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 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 Paso Robles, you should give Paso Robles Heating and Air 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 effortlessly 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 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 real heating emergencies.

If you want to find out more about ways you can supplement your heat pump’s heat supply or find out more about how your heat pump functions, call our experts at 805-203-8667. 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.

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