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 utilized 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 your heat pump off. When the temperature outside drops below 40 degrees, many Omaha residents will flip the switch in order to warm up. While this will do the job, we don’t recommend it. When your system operates in this emergency mode, it can take up a lot of energy and send your utility bill skyrocketing.
Interstate Heating & Air Conditioning suggests only flipping on your emergency heat switch if your heat pump has stopped heating your space. When it’s cooler outside and it feels 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 working in its emergency mode.
If you notice that your heat pump isn’t keeping up with the cooler weather in Omaha, it’s wise to give Interstate Heating & Air Conditioning 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 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 real 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 functions, call our experts at 402-509-5940. 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.