The Emergency Heat Switch on Heat PumpsWhat 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 your heat pump off. When the temperature outside gets below 40 degrees, many Port St. Lucie residents will flip the switch in order to warm up. 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 costs skyrocketing.

Custom Air Systems Inc recommends only flipping on your emergency heat switch if your heat pump has stopped heating your house. 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’ve found that your heat pump isn’t keeping up with the cooler weather in Port St. Lucie, it’s wise to give Custom Air Systems Inc a call. Investing in a backup heating system might save you some expense in the long run. We can install your backup system to work seamlessly 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 instinctively 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 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 772-247-2283. 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.