When Should You Use the Emergency Heat on Your Heat Pump System?

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Have you ever noticed the emergency heat setting on your thermostat? Many people are confused by that little switch and do not understand its purpose. Unfortunately, they assume that their heat pump system does not work in cold weather and think the emergency heat switch is the answer. Simply put, they are wrong.

What is Emergency Heat?

Heat pumps installed in climates where the temperature drops below 35 degrees Fahrenheit require a supplemental heating source. This source may be an electric, gas, or hot water system. Often referred to as supplemental heat, this source may also be called back up or second stage heating. In this case, primary or first stage heat is provided by the heat pump only. Emergency heat refers to when the heat pump is not able to keep up with the heating demands and your secondary heat source has to turn on.   Depending on your heating system, your supplemental heat source will assist the heat pump at different times. This occurs automatically and may or may not require you to make any changes to your thermostat.

When Should You Use Emergency Heat?

Emergency heat should only be used in emergency situation. This would be when your heat pump is not functioning properly, not functioning at all or during extreme weather conditions. Generally, it is more expensive to run emergency heat. Often this is why a heat pump was installed to begin with. Of course, circumstances vary. If you’re emergency heat source is gas then the expense would depend on your price of fuel.

What Happens When You Switch to Emergency Heat?

When switched to emergency heat, a red indicator light will go on. It stays lit until emergency heat is turned off. Typically during emergency mode, only the indoor unit and supplemental heat source will run and your outdoor heat pump unit will not function.

When installing a heat pump, make sure that you are in a region where the weather does not fall under 35 degrees regularly to prevent having to use your emergency heating. If you have questions about your heat pump thermostat and want to learn more about how they work contact us. Our staff is happy to help and ready to assist with all your HVAC needs.

Replacing Your Old Furnace is Not as Expensive as You Might Think

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Everyone is looking for ways to save money. Yet there is a good chance you might be looking in the wrong place. How about replacing that old furnace or broiler that you’ve been putting off?

The truth is, you are probably unaware of how much money you can save, and how inexpensive it is to replace that old furnace.

Considering that over half of all energy costs in the home come from heating and cooling. Replacing an old and inefficient furnace could save you anywhere between $200 and $500 a year, possibly even more.

You don’t want to wait until your furnace goes out completely to replace it. You can keep your home comfortable and save time and money by knowing when it is time to invest in a new furnace. Here is what you should keep in mind:

  • Your furnace or boiler is between 16-20 years old.
  • Your gas or electric bill increases, even when standard prices remain the same.
  • You are constantly having to make costly repairs.
  • Your home no longer maintains a comfortable temperature.

While there are many inexpensive ways you can reduce energy costs around the home, replacing your old furnace with an energy-efficient one is a great place to start.

Chances are however, that somewhere in the back of your mind it makes you cringe to think of what it might cost. The fact is, a new heating system is probably not as expensive as you might believe.

In most cases, you can replace your furnace for close to, or even less than, what you spend in one year on your energy bill. The best part is, the money you save each month by switching to an energy-efficient furnace will quickly add up. Most new furnaces will pay for themselves within a couple of years.

Older furnaces do not operate as efficiently and they can also he hazardous to operate as well. If you need any advice on what type of furnace to buy, sizing or just want to discuss what your options are, call an expert at National Air Warehouse.