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 off your heat pump. When the temperature outside drops below 40 degrees, many Saint Louis 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 runs in this emergency mode, it can take up a lot of energy and send your utility bills skyrocketing.
Morgner Inc. Air Conditioning & Heating advises only flipping on your emergency heat switch if your heat pump has stopped heating your space. When it’s cold 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 you notice that your heat pump isn’t keeping up with the cooler weather in Saint Louis, you should give Morgner Inc. Air Conditioning & Heating a call. Investing in a backup heating system may save you some expense 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 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 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 314-262-4541. 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.