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

All heat pumps are armed 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 gets below 40 degrees, many Irvine residents will flip the switch in order to heat their homes up. While this will do the job, we don’t advise doing this. When your system operates in this emergency mode, it can take up a lot of energy and send your utility bill skyrocketing.

True Home Heating and Air Conditioning advises only flipping on your emergency heat switch if your heat pump has stopped heating your space. When it’s cold 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 it seems that your heat pump isn’t keeping up with the cooler weather in Irvine, it’s wise to give True Home Heating and 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 the weather is so cold that your heat pump can’t pull warmer air into your home, your thermostat can automatically 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 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 949-258-7259. Our experts are happy to help. If it’s more convenient for you, you can also book an appointment with us online using our handy scheduler.

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