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

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All heat pumps are outfitted with emergency heat switches. This switch is meant to be used as its name implies—in 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 drops below 40 degrees, many La Puente 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 operates in this emergency mode, it can use a lot of energy and send your utility bill skyrocketing.

Temp Air System 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 appears that 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 working in its emergency mode.

If you’ve found that your heat pump isn’t keeping up with the cooler weather in La Puente, it’s wise to give Temp Air System Inc a call. Investing in a backup heating system could save you some expense in the long run. We can install your backup system to work effortlessly 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 actual 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 626-587-4559. Our team is happy to help. If it’s more convenient for you, you can also book an appointment with us online using our handy scheduler.

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