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 managed 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 the heat pump. When the temperature outside gets below 40 degrees, many Buellton residents will flip the switch in order to warm up. While this will do the job, we don’t propose you do this. When your system runs in this emergency mode, it can utilize a lot of energy and send your utility costs skyrocketing.

Allstar Heating & Air Conditioning advises 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 than it would be if your heat pump is working in its emergency mode.

If you notice that your heat pump isn’t keeping up with the cooler weather in Buellton, you should give Allstar Heating & Air Conditioning a call. Investing in a backup heating system might save you some expense in the long run. We can install your backup system to work like a dream 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 nice and warm on chilly days—and you can save your emergency heat switch for true heating emergencies.

If you want to hear 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 805-242-9638. 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.