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 gets below 40 degrees, many Rio Grande Valley 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.
Cytech Heating & Cooling L.C. suggests only flipping on your emergency heat switch if your heat pump has stopped heating your home. When it’s colder 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 working in its emergency mode.
If you notice that your heat pump isn’t keeping up with the cooler weather in Rio Grande Valley, you should give Cytech Heating & Cooling L.C. a call. Investing in a backup heating system may save you some money in the long run. We can install your backup system to work like a dream 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 warm and cozy on chilly days—and you can save your emergency heat switch for real heating emergencies.
If you want to learn 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 956-630-3522. Our team is happy to help. If it’s more convenient for you, you can also schedule an appointment with us online using our handy scheduler.