January 8, 2020

If you have a heating system that runs 24/7 and it isn’t overheating your house, chances are you have a heat pump. Those without heat pumps, however, should not run continuously unless your area is experiencing extremely cold and windy winter weather.

How Heat Pumps Work

What makes heat pumps different than other heating systems? Heat pumps draw heat into your home during cold weather, and draw it out during the hot months. Because the heating and cooling action of heat pumps is slow, they typically run for longer periods. When they can’t keep your home warm or cool during extreme temperatures, a heat pump will switch to electric heat or AC.

During mild weather, a heat pump doesn’t need to run continuously. Like other heating systems, a heat pump will turn on periodically when your thermostat indicates that your home’s temperature needs to be raised or lowered.

When Do Heat Pumps Run Continuously?

It depends on the weather outdoors. When the temperature is above 30 degrees Fahrenheit, most heat pumps will be able to provide more heat than your home needs. They’ll cycle on and off in this weather. If the temperature drops lower, a heat pump will begin to run continuously to keep your home warm. During exceptionally cold weather, backup electric heating will kick in to keep you warm.

When Should You Be Concerned?

If your heating system is running continuously and your home is overheated as a result, it indicates a problem. Your thermostat may be set too high, or there may be a malfunction. If your heating system can’t heat your home because it isn’t producing enough heat, that can cause the same symptom. In either case, call your local heating specialist to diagnose the problem.

Total Comfort Solutions Heating and Cooling is a heating and cooling company that provides service with integrity for Kennesaw and the surrounding areas. We install, repair and provide long-term maintenance for heating and air conditioning systems. Give us a call for any of your HVAC service needs.

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