All heat pumps are equipped with emergency heat switches. This switch is meant to be used 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 Holdrege residents will flip the switch in order to make it warmer. While this will do the job, we don’t propose you do this. When your system runs in this emergency mode, it can use a lot of energy and send your utility costs skyrocketing.
Durable Service suggests only flipping on your emergency heat switch if your heat pump has stopped heating your house. When it’s cooler 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 Holdrege, you should give Durable Service 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 seamlessly 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 instinctively switch on your backup heating system. This method will keep your home warm and cozy on chilly days—and you can save your emergency heat switch for true heating emergencies.
If you want to find out 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 308-995-8177. 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.