Background: My home is 1100sq feet and has a 2 ton unit installed with 5Kw heat strips. My bill last month was $350 and used of 3000 Kw (middle Georgia). The consumption for Dec was 4 times that of November. It appears that my indoor thermostat will kick on the Aux heat whenever I am 1 degree below the "set" temp. The unit was installed one year ago.
The consumption level seems extremely high to me. I am not against calling out a Pro but want to know if there is anything I can check. It's my understanding that once the temp drops below 40 degrees, the aux should kick on to maintain desired temp. I also read it's not uncommon for the thermostat to be a couple of degrees off the "set" temp during extremely cold temps. If that's the case, I would think the Aux would run all the time. I get the sense that something isn't right judging by the price of the bill. Any help/suggestions is greatly appreciated.
I am not into or knowledgeable about heat pumps but if you look around this forum I believe you will be told by yuri or beenthere that you can run your heat pump way below 40 and it will still produce heat for you. There was a thread just with in the last day or so that they were discussing this.
Of course I am guessing that you have a heat pump perhaps from what you said.
Read the "heat pumps" thread that was started on 1-14-2010 I believe -- it is on the next page and was started by "czars"
Last edited by meboatermike; 01-24-2010 at 08:28 PM.
Does your thermostat have a function that's locking the heat pump out or is there an outdoor tstat? Which ever it is change the 40 degree setting to zero degrees. I have the same sized house in Nebraska and used 13oo kw in December .