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 off the heat pump. When the temperature outside drops below 40 degrees, many Fredericksburg residents will flip the switch in order to heat their homes up. While this will do the job, we don’t recommend it. When your system runs in this emergency mode, it can take up a lot of energy and send your utility costs skyrocketing.
Childress Heating & AC 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 that it would be if your heat pump is running in its emergency mode.
If you’ve found that your heat pump isn’t keeping up with the cooler weather in Fredericksburg, it’s wise to give Childress Heating & AC 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 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 cozy and warm on chilly days—and you can save your emergency heat switch for actual 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 540-675-4306. Our team is happy to help. If it’s more convenient for you, you can also schedule an appointment with us online using our handy scheduler.