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What Is Emergency Heat?

What Is Emergency Heat?

Is emergency mode driving up your heating and air conditioning bills?

Heating and air conditioning costs make up 60 percent of most homes’ energy bills, according to the EPA. Given that the efficiency of your equipment can have such a big impact on your finances, it’s absolutely essential to know the best ways of operating your heating and cooling devices.

The Mystery of Emergency Heat

Heat pumps, all by themselves, offer homeowners increased convenience and savings. These devices offer both heating and air conditioning. While they’re a bit more expensive to purchase, they pull double-duty and tend to last longer. Plus, heat pumps can provide significant savings when they’re run on geothermal systems.

Problems arise when people switch their heat pumps to “Emergency Heat” mode for the winter. As South Carolina temperatures dip toward freezing, your system should kick on automatically. Even if it’s cold enough to need a backup source to boost the heat, your unit will do that on its own just as a furnace or central air unit regulates itself.

Emergency heat is only needed when your heat pump is broken and waiting to be repaired. It turns off normal heat pump functions and diverts all thermostat commands to the electric backup unit. Not only does accidentally using this setting use a tremendous amount of energy without reason, it seriously drives up your bills.

When You Should Use Emergency Heat

Is your outdoor unit refusing to come on? Is it frozen over or just not responding? That’s a heating and cooling emergency, so by all means, switch to emergency mode. Otherwise, let a healthy unit function on its own, and your home should be comfortable all season long.

Learn more about optimizing your heating and air conditioning equipment and to schedule service with our professional team at Fogel Services.