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How Does the Auxiliary Heat on My Heat Pump Work?

Monday, October 28th, 2013 at 8:52 am

Having a heat pump in Cocoa Beach is one of the best solutions for beating the hot Florida weather and fending off its occasional cold spells. A heat pump delivers you an air conditioner and a heater in one unit. People in colder northern climates usually need to have a hybrid system work with their heat pump so they can get enough warmth during the deep chills; but for our Florida climates, a heat pump on its own can handle the job—in particular if it comes with the auxiliary heating option.

For installation, repairs, and maintenance on your heat pump, contact Next Generation Air & Heat Inc.. We’re available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

You might be curious about what auxiliary heat on a heat pump does and if it’s worth having. Basically, the auxiliary heat function provides additional warmth when the heat from the standard heat exchange is insufficient. These heat pumps have an extra section that contains electrical heating coils—similar to what you would find in an electric furnace—to create resistance electrical heating. When the heat pump senses it cannot get enough warmth from the outside air to move inside your home (usually at temperatures below 35°F), it will switch over to the electrical coils to provide the additional heat. Although this will allow the heat pump to reach its target temperature, it will drain additional power to heat the electrical coils.

Whether you need a heat pump with the auxiliary heat feature depends on how much cold you think you’ll experience. Heat pumps draw warmth from outside to give you a comfortable temperature, but this becomes difficult in extreme colds. Hybrid systems work best for states with harsh winters, but for Florida you can keep your home comfortable with a heat pump with auxiliary heat.

Next Generation Air & Heat Inc. can provide you the advice you need to help you with your decision. We can also handle installation, maintenance, and repairs for the top brands of heat pumps. For a heat pump in Cocoa Beach, contact Next Generation Air & Heat Inc. today.

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