All heat pumps are equipped with emergency heat switches. This switch is meant to be managed 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 drops below 40 degrees, many Lancaster residents will flip the switch in order to warm up. While this will do the job, we don’t advise doing this. When your system runs in this emergency mode, it can take up a lot of energy and send your utility bills skyrocketing.
Fairfield Heating & Cooling suggests 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 running in its emergency mode.
If you’ve found that your heat pump isn’t keeping up with the cooler weather in Lancaster, you should give Fairfield Heating & Cooling a call. Investing in a backup heating system might save you some expense in the long run. We can install your backup system to work effortlessly 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 nice and warm on chilly days—and you can save your emergency heat switch for actual 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 operates, call our experts at 740-331-4331. Our team is happy to help. If it’s more convenient for you, you can also book an appointment with us online using our handy scheduler.