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 your heat pump. When the temperature outside gets below 40 degrees, many Pocatello 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 costs skyrocketing.
Vogts Heating & Air advises only flipping on your emergency heat switch if your heat pump has stopped heating your space. When it’s colder outside and it appears that 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’ve found that your heat pump isn’t keeping up with the cooler weather in Pocatello, it’s time to give Vogts Heating & 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 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 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 208-621-0129. 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.