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 your heat pump off. When the temperature outside gets below 40 degrees, many Excelsior Springs 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 utilize a lot of energy and send your utility bills skyrocketing.
Colvin's Heating and Cooling advises only flipping on your emergency heat switch if your heat pump has stopped heating your space. When it’s cold 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 working in its emergency mode.
If you notice that your heat pump isn’t keeping up with the cooler weather in Excelsior Springs, it’s wise to give Colvin's Heating and Cooling 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 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 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 works, call our experts at 816-379-3918. Our experts are happy to help. If it’s more convenient for you, you can also schedule an appointment with us online using our handy scheduler.