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 equipped 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 dips below 40 degrees, many Cape Coral residents will flip the switch in order to make it warmer. While this will do the job, we don’t advise doing this. When your system runs in this emergency mode, it can take up a lot of energy and send your utility bill skyrocketing.

Comfort Zone Inc recommends only flipping on your emergency heat switch if your heat pump has stopped heating your home. 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 you’ve found that your heat pump isn’t keeping up with the cooler weather in Cape Coral, it’s time to give Comfort Zone Inc a call. Investing in a backup heating system might save you some money 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 instinctively switch on your backup heating system. This method will keep your home warm and cozy 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 operates, call our experts at 239-214-0411. We’ll be happy to help. If it’s more convenient for you, you can also book an appointment with us online using our handy scheduler.