All heat pumps are outfitted 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 your heat pump. When the temperature outside dips below 40 degrees, many Odessa residents will flip the switch in order to warm up. While this will do the job, we don’t recommend it. When your system runs in this emergency mode, it can utilize a lot of energy and send your energy bills skyrocketing.
Redhawk Heating & Air Conditioning advises only flipping on your emergency heat switch if your heat pump has stopped heating your home. 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 notice that your heat pump isn’t keeping up with the cooler weather in Odessa, it’s time to give Redhawk Heating & Air Conditioning a call. Investing in a backup heating system could 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 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 actual 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 432-237-0168. Our experts are happy to help. If it’s more convenient for you, you can also book an appointment with us online using our handy scheduler.