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 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 the heat pump. When the temperature outside drops below 40 degrees, many Crestview residents will flip the switch in order to warm up. While this will do the job, we don’t recommend it. When your system works in this emergency mode, it can take up a lot of energy and send your utility costs skyrocketing.

Gordon Air Conditioning advises only flipping on your emergency heat switch if your heat pump has stopped heating your home. 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 running in its emergency mode.

If it seems that your heat pump isn’t keeping up with the cooler weather in Crestview, it’s wise to give Gordon Air Conditioning a call. Investing in a backup heating system could save you some cash 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 nice and warm on chilly days—and you can save your emergency heat switch for actual 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 850-250-0335. We’ll be happy to help. If it’s more convenient for you, you can also arrange an appointment with us online using our handy scheduler.