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 gets below 40 degrees, many Los Angeles residents will flip the switch in order to make it warmer. While this will do the job, we don’t propose you do this. When your system works in this emergency mode, it can utilize a lot of energy and send your utility costs skyrocketing.
AZ Air Conditioning and Heating recommends 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 operating in its emergency mode.
If you’ve found that your heat pump isn’t keeping up with the cooler weather in Los Angeles, it’s time to give AZ Air Conditioning and Heating a call. Investing in a backup heating system may save you some cash 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 find out 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 800-296-5088. 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.