There are many benefits to using a heat pump. These systems are extremely energy-efficient, can fit in small spaces, prevent you from having to worry about fuel, and even double as air conditioners for when it gets hot outside. However, like any piece of HVAC equipment, heat pumps do require periodic maintenance and in order to run at peak efficiency for as long as possible. Keep reading to learn the top five ways to improve your heat pump’s performance, and for all your heat pump repair and installation needs, make sure to call our experts at A-TEMP Heating, Cooling & Electrical.
The Top 5 Ways to Help Your Heat Pump Run More Efficiently
- Keep Your System Running: Unlike furnaces, which you don’t want to leave running for too long, it is actually more efficient to operate your heat pump year-round. Switching back and forth between a heat pump and other HVAC equipment is just going to raise your bills unnecessarily, and since you can get heating and cooling from a heat pump, it just makes sense to run these systems over any others as much as possible.
- Adjust Your Thermostat Accordingly: If you are going to operate your heat pump in conjunction with a furnace or boiler, make sure to adjust the thermostat accordingly. By keeping the setting as low as possible, your furnace/boiler will only turn on if it is absolutely necessary, allowing your heat pump to provide the energy-efficient warmth you need.
- Don’t Forget to Replace Your Air Filter: Air filter replacement is a key part of helping any HVAC system run at peak efficiency, in addition to strengthening your general indoor air quality. Your heat pump is no different, which is why cleaning or replacing your system’s filter semi-regularly is so important. For heat pumps in particular, it is key to clean/replace the filter every three months—especially if the system is being used year-round. However, if someone in your family suffers from allergies, asthma, or respiratory issues, it may be a good idea to swap out the filter even more frequently.
- Clean Debris Off the Outdoor Unit: Because a heat pump has an outdoor unit and an indoor one, you will want to periodically check the exterior component to ensure that it’s not covered in leaves, twigs, or other debris. In a worst-case scenario, and animal could even make a nest in your heat pump. Any obstruction to your heat pump can interfere with the system’s performance, so don’t forget to look at that outside unit occasionally.
- Call for Annual Tune-Ups: Even though heat pumps are energy-efficient and fairly easy to maintain, it never hurts to call a professional for an annual tune-up. At A-TEMP Heating, Cooling & Electrical, we can offer heat pump maintenance and inspections to help your unit run smoothly for years to come and prevent problems before they spiral out of control.