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

November 13, 2018

All heat pumps are equipped with emergency heat switches. This switch is meant to be managed as its name implies—in 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 Anaheim residents will flip the switch in order to warm up. While this will do the job, we don’t recommend it. When your system works in this emergency mode, it can utilize a lot of energy and send your utility costs skyrocketing.

Eco Fresh HVAC Inc. recommends 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 Anaheim, you should give Eco Fresh HVAC Inc. a call. Investing in a backup heating system may save you some cash in the long run. We can install your backup system to work seamlessly with your heat pump. So, when the weather is 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 real 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 714-855-1717. 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.