Backup Electric Heating for Your Home

Imagine you're at home, it's winter, and it is cold. Then the gas furnace goes out. What would you do? Or maybe you rely on an energy efficient heat pump. They're great, but what happens when you have days or weeks of unusually low temperatures? The solution to both problems is to make sure you have a backup electric heating for your home on hand and ready to go.

Backup Electric Heating is Essential

No matter the home heating system you rely on, a backup electric heating kit can save you a lot of discomfort and danger. When the furnace goes out or the gas is shut off, an auxiliary heat kit can keep your family safe for the duration of the emergency. On particularly cold winter days when heat pump efficiency drops, a supplemental electric strip will keep your home cozy and warm.

What is Auxiliary Heat?

In case you aren't familiar with the technology, an auxiliary heat kit or emergency heat strip is a small device installed inside your air handling unit. They can vary in size and power, but they all do basically the same thing. Like the electric coil inside your toaster oven, a backup electric heating kit uses an electrical current to generate heat when you need it.

The drawback, of course, is that this is raw electric heating. That kind of home comfort is typically more expensive than running either a heat pump or a gas furnace. Which is why we recommend it as a backup electric heating system rather than as your primary home heater.

Despite the expense, an auxiliary heat strip is a great, great tool to have available when you need it. Because expensive heating always beats freezing.

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