All heat pumps are equipped with emergency heat switches. This switch is meant to be used as its name implies—if 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 Brookfield residents will flip the switch in order to make it warmer. While this will do the job, we don’t recommend it. When your system works in this emergency mode, it can take up a lot of energy and send your utility costs skyrocketing.
Central Air LLC suggests only flipping on your emergency heat switch if your heat pump has stopped heating your space. When it’s cooler outside and it appears that 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 Brookfield, you should give Central Air LLC a call. Investing in a backup heating system might save you some cash in the long run. We can install your backup system to work seamlessly with your heat pump. So, when it’s cold enough outside 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 cozy and warm on chilly days—and you can save your emergency heat switch for real 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 functions, call our experts at 203-357-5913. 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.