All heat pumps are armed 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 your heat pump off. When the temperature outside gets below 40 degrees, many Palm Coast 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 utilize a lot of energy and send your utility costs skyrocketing.
Cooks Air Conditioning and Heating Specialists recommends only flipping on your emergency heat switch if your heat pump has stopped heating your space. When it’s colder 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 that it would be if your heat pump is operating in its emergency mode.
If you notice that your heat pump isn’t keeping up with the cooler weather in Palm Coast, it’s time to give Cooks Air Conditioning and Heating Specialists 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 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 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 386-313-8766. Our experts are happy to help. If it’s more convenient for you, you can also arrange an appointment with us online using our handy scheduler.