The Emergency Heat Switch on Heat Pumps—What is It and How Does It Work All heat pumps are equipped 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 the heat pump. When the temperature outside gets below 40 degrees, many St. Cloud residents will flip the switch in order to warm up. While this will do the job, we don’t advise doing this. When your system operates in this emergency mode, it can take up a lot of energy and send your utility bill skyrocketing.
Osceola Air, LLC advises only flipping on your emergency heat switch if your heat pump has stopped heating your house. When it’s cooler 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 St. Cloud, you should give Osceola Air, LLC a call. Investing in a backup heating system could 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 the weather is so cold 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 cozy and warm on chilly days—and you can save your emergency heat switch for actual 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 works, call our experts at 407-477-6319. Our experts are happy to help. If it’s more convenient for you, you can also book an appointment with us online using our handy scheduler.