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

March 12, 2018

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 used 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 gets below 40 degrees, many Paso Robles residents will flip the switch in order to make it warmer. While this will do the job, we don’t propose you do this. When your system runs in this emergency mode, it can utilize a lot of energy and send your energy bills skyrocketing.

Paso Robles Heating and Air recommends only flipping on your emergency heat switch if your heat pump has stopped heating your house. When it’s cold 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 running in its emergency mode.

If it seems 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 money in the long run. We can install your backup system to work like a dream 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 nice 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 805-203-8667. Our experts are happy to help. If it’s more convenient for you, you can also arrange an appointment with us online using our handy scheduler.