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The Emergency Heat Switch on Heat Pumps - What is It and How Does It Work

All heat pumps are armed with emergency heat switches. This switch is meant to be used as its name implies—in 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 drops below 40 degrees, many Tucson residents will flip the switch in order to warm up. While this will do the job, we don’t propose you do this. When your system operates in this emergency mode, it can take up a lot of energy and send your utility costs skyrocketing.

Ambient Air recommends only flipping on your emergency heat switch if your heat pump has stopped heating your home. 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 operating in its emergency mode.

If you’ve found that your heat pump isn’t keeping up with the cooler weather in Tucson, you should give Ambient Air 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 the weather is so cold 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 nice and warm 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 operates, call our experts at 520-201-3871. Our team is happy to help. If it’s more convenient for you, you can also arrange an appointment with us online using our handy scheduler.

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