Heat Pump Installation
Like most central heating and cooling systems, you control a heat pump from the thermostat. But there are some unique things about heat pumps that make proper use of the thermostat important for economy, comfort and durability.
Like other thermostats, a heat pump thermostat senses the indoor temperature. For heating, if the temperature is below the point you have chosen, it will turn on the heat pump. But there’s an important difference with a heat pump thermostat. It controls two heating systems: the heat pump and the emergency heat (sometimes called supplemental or back-up heat).
Emergency heat is more expensive to operate than the heat pump. Since the same thermostat controls both systems, you need to operate the thermostat in a way that reduces the use of emergency heat.
The key is to find the temperature setting that’s comfortable and leave it there. If you turn up the thermostat, you’re likely to cause both the heat pump and emergency heat to come on. This costs you money you don’t need to spend.
Heat Pump Installation FAQS
How much can I lower (setback) the thermostat during sleep or leave periods?
As a general rule, we recommend programmable heat pump thermostats have no more than 6° F of setback temperature. This will limit the amount of expensive emergency heat needed to raise the house temperature after a setback period.
Should I set my non-programmable heat pump thermostat to a lower temperature at night to save money?
For most economical operation, non-programmable heat pump thermostats should be set at one heating temperature 24 hours a day.
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