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 used 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 gets below 40 degrees, many Phoenix 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 utilize a lot of energy and send your utility costs skyrocketing.
Integrity AC & Heating LLC suggests 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 operating in its emergency mode.
If it seems that your heat pump isn’t keeping up with the cooler weather in Phoenix, it’s wise to give Integrity AC & Heating LLC 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 cold enough outside 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 cozy and warm on chilly days—and you can save your emergency heat switch for true 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 602-971-0567. Our experts are happy to help. If it’s more convenient for you, you can also schedule an appointment with us online using our handy scheduler.