How do I use my back up heat as little as possible with my heat pump?

Question: How do I use my back up heat as little as possible with my heat pump?

QuestionAnswer: The easiest way to limit the use of back up heat is with a programmable thermostat and outdoor air sensor.  An outdoor air sensor allows the system to monitor outdoor air temperature.  A qualified technician can set up the air sensor to lock out the back up heat when the outdoor temperature is above a set point decided by the technician.  When the outdoor air temperature is above this set point the back up heat is locked out allowing only the heat pump to heat the space.  When the outdoor temperature is below the lockout set point the back up heat may come on if a few other conditions are met.  For more info on Heat Pumps check out our blog at www.tempriteclimatesolutions.com

This question was originally published in the “Ask a Pro” column of the Comox Valley Echo.  Look for other questions fielded by Lance in the Ask a Pro column. 
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