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

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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 your heat pump. When the temperature outside dips below 40 degrees, many Opelika residents will flip the switch in order to heat their homes up. While this will do the job, we don’t propose you do this. When your system works in this emergency mode, it can use a lot of energy and send your energy bills skyrocketing.

Farnell Mechanical, Inc. suggests 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 that 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 Opelika, you should give Farnell Mechanical, Inc. 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 seamlessly 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 mechanically 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 functions, call our experts at 334-245-4748. We’ll be happy to help. If it’s more convenient for you, you can also schedule an appointment with us online using our handy scheduler.

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