The Emergency Heat Switch on Heat Pumps—What is It and How Does It Work All heat pumps are outfitted with emergency heat switches. This switch is meant to be managed as its name implies—if 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 Tucson residents will flip the switch in order to make it warmer. 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 bill skyrocketing.
A&M Heating & Cooling LLC suggests only flipping on your emergency heat switch if your heat pump has stopped heating your space. 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 you notice that your heat pump isn’t keeping up with the cooler weather in Tucson, it’s time to give A&M Heating & Cooling LLC 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 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 automatically 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 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 520-200-1048. Our team is happy to help. If it’s more convenient for you, you can also arrange an appointment with us online using our handy scheduler.