I live in a one-story 1400 sq ft home with a Trane 2.5 ton heat pump. Summer cooling bills are reasonable, ~$175, but in the winter my heating bills are well over $400!
It is a single-stage air heat pump with two-stage auxiliary / emergency resistance heating elements in the furnace. The furnace has two breakers on the side of it, one 40amps and the other 60amps, which I am assuming feed the heating elements.
In winter I notice that even when it's not that cold out, as I "dial up" the thermostat's temperature setting, that I will hear the heat pump unit come on, and if I go just one degree higher the aux heat kicks in. I understand the aux heat is needed on really cold days, but this happens even in the 40s.
The electric bills have been so high I've been tempted to trip one of the aux units breakers just to see if it helps, but I don't really know what I'm doing.
My questions are:
- is this normal behavior?
- in an area with avg January temp 25, avg July temp 75 (central Indiana) should heating costs be two-and-a-half times the cooling cost?
- do I just need a better thermostat?
- do they even make programmable thermostats for this setup?
I really need some advice, my heating bills are eating me alive.