All heat pumps are armed with emergency heat switches. This switch is meant to be utilized as its name implies—in 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 dips below 40 degrees, many Heflin 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 works in this emergency mode, it can take up a lot of energy and send your utility bills skyrocketing.
Bain Heating & Air Conditioning advises only flipping on your emergency heat switch if your heat pump has stopped heating your house. When it’s cooler outside and it feels 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 it seems that your heat pump isn’t keeping up with the cooler weather in Heflin, it’s time to give Bain Heating & Air Conditioning 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 mechanically 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 true heating emergencies.
If you want to hear 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 256-270-1196. 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.