All heat pumps are equipped with emergency heat switches. This switch is meant to be used as its name implies—when 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 drops below 40 degrees, many Beaverton 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.
Garoken Energy Co. Inc. recommends only flipping on your emergency heat switch if your heat pump has stopped heating your house. When it’s cold outside and it seems 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’ve found that your heat pump isn’t keeping up with the cooler weather in Beaverton, it’s time to give Garoken Energy Co. Inc. 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 like a dream 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 instinctively 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 works, call our experts at 503-374-1934. We’ll be happy to help. If it’s more convenient for you, you can also arrange an appointment with us online using our handy scheduler.