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What is Emergency Heat

What is Emergency Heat and When Should it be Used?

Even with your thickest jumper on, does it feel colder in your house than usual? Verify the thermostat. It might be time to turn on your emergency heat if the outside temperature is much below what it should be.

How does the setting for emergency heat work? When the outside temperature is too low for your heat pump to adequately heat your home, emergency heat is the best option. You should turn on emergency heat and contact an Ecofix service provider if the heat pump breaks or freezes over.

What is a Heat Pump?

In addition to bringing in heat from the outside, a heat pump has the ability to cool your house by releasing heat into the surrounding air. Heat pumps regulate the temperature of a house using electricity and refrigerant. Refrigerant circulates between an air handler (an indoor unit) and a heat pump compressor (an outdoor unit) to transfer heat from one location to another.

Heat pumps are an excellent way to reduce energy costs and bills if you live in a climate with moderate temperatures. But, you should always have a backup heating source on hand in case the weather gets too cold and you need emergency heat.

What is Emergency Heat on your Thermostat?

Your heat pump can’t heat your house to the right temperature when the outside air is too cold to draw in enough heat. You can use an emergency heat source or another secondary heating source to stay warm.

When your heat pump needs a break to prevent system damage, you use the heat pump emergency heat setting. It also does a good job of warming your house in below-freezing weather.

Your thermostat’s “em heat” setting signifies that your emergency heating has been turned on. Until the emergency heat mode is manually turned off, it will keep running.

How Does Emergency Heat Work?

Your system’s backup heating system activates and your compressor and heat pump completely shut down when emergency heat is activated. Without endangering your outdoor heat pump system, this generates heat.

Emergency heating is typically powered by electricity, but it can also run on natural gas or oil. Your system goes straight to the electric heat strip or the gas or oil furnace when you manually adjust the emergency heat on your thermostat, avoiding the heat pump in the process. Your air handler becomes an electric furnace when you have an electric system.

Contact an Ecofix service provider if the outside temperature reaches 40 degrees or higher and your house still requires emergency heat to stay warm. It’s possible that your heat pump frozen over need repairs.

When to Use Emergency Heat

Use of emergency heat is limited to dire circumstances, such as icing over or a breakdown of your heat pump.

For instance, use emergency heat while you wait for repairs if a branch heavy with snow breaks off and smashes into your heat pump. You can turn on your emergency heat if your heat pump shorts out during an ice storm. Then, to restore your equipment and resume a regular heating cycle, contact an Ecofix service provider.

It is not recommended to use emergency heat for extended periods of time. Your heating system may have to work harder during an emergency. Your system is now completely dependent on your secondary heating response since the heat pump has been eliminated from the picture. Your backup heating element is under a lot of strain as a result.

In the event that your heat pump breaks or thaws, emergency heat should keep you warm for all-electric systems. To stop the increased heating rate on your electricity bill after your system has been fixed, turn off your emergency heat. Second-stage furnaces for gas and oil can operate in emergency heat mode for extended periods of time without overtaxing your home’s heating system.

Why does Emergency Heat Cost More?

The emergency heat mode won’t stop you from getting cold, but it will significantly increase your electricity costs. Because this kind of heating requires a lot of energy and power, the cost will be higher than it would be if your heat pump was operating as intended.

A cost comparison between emergency heating and using a heat pump to combat cold weather is provided by Home Inspection Insider. You can see that having emergency heat significantly raises your electricity costs.

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