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

All heat pumps are outfitted with emergency heat switches. This switch is meant to be managed 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 West Palm Beach residents will flip the switch in order to make it warmer. While this will do the job, we don’t recommend it. When your system works in this emergency mode, it can utilize a lot of energy and send your utility bill skyrocketing.

Kyzar Air Conditioning Inc suggests only flipping on your emergency heat switch if your heat pump has stopped heating your house. 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 West Palm Beach, you should give Kyzar Air Conditioning Inc 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 seamlessly with your heat pump. So, when it’s 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 operates, call our experts at 561-612-0242. 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.

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