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Using A Heat Pump Efficiently To Save Money

Heating your home can account for up to 35% of your energy bill throughout the winter, so it’s important to choose the best option for home heating. A heat pump is a common option in older homes throughout Toronto and the GTA. They’re cost effective and much more efficient than traditional electric heating. They also won’t break the bank when it comes to purchasing and installation like a central heating system will, which involves installing an entire duct system.

It’s important to get the most out of your heat pump, which means understand that they’re not a one size fits all type of appliance. Choosing the right model for your home or space is key. If it’s too big or small it might cost you more than it needs to depending on your usage. Proper maintenance is also very important to evaluating how much it will cost and how efficiently it runs.

Do Heat Pumps Really Save Money?

Yes, heat pumps are efficient in cold weather and can save you money compared to other forms of heating. How much they cost depends on how long you use them, how well you maintain them and how old they are. If you operate one for 6 hours a day for 6 months of the year its energy usage will be about 6 KWh, and depending on your energy bills can work out to around $400 a year. By comparison an electric heating system, such as baseboard heaters can cost you around double that over the course of a year.

Eight Ways To Save Money Using Your Heat Pump

  1. Keep the settings low (18ºC or – 20ºC). If your heat pump is set to maximum it won’t necessarily heat the room any quicker, but it will use more energy.
  2. Fall heat pump maintenance is important and can ensure it’s running as efficiently as possible in time for heavy usage.
  3. Clean both your indoor and outdoor filters at least once a year.
  4. Only heat the spaces you’re using, otherwise you’ll be heating empty rooms and wasting energy and money.
  5. Turn off your heat pump when it’s not in use. It can run for as long as you need, but make sure you switch it off when you’re not using it.
  6. Close doors and curtains to keep the heat in, especially on very cold days. If the sun is shining bright it can help heat rooms, so allowing sunlight in can be an exception.
  7. The better insulated your home, the better it will hold the heat and the more energy efficient your heat pump will be.
  8. Use the heat pump timer to heat up your home 15 minutes before you come home.

Overall, your heat pump can be an efficient components of your home, if you use it and maintain it properly. For more information about heat pumps or to schedule an appointment for installation contact a Novel Care HVAC technician today: 647-547-4049

Properly Maintaining Your Heat Pump

As energy costs continually rise, we as homeowners are constantly looking for ways to save money around the house and energy savings are an easy and obvious way. For the most part updating light bulbs, insulation in the walls, new appliances and some other features is a great way to save energy, but tuning up existing appliances is also key. Your heat pump is no exception. Properly maintaining your heat pump can go a long way in terms of its efficiency, operation and longevity.

Maintaining Your Heat Pump Will Save Energy

It’s simple, maintaining your heat pump will save energy. Annual maintenance will keep your heat pump running as efficiently as possible. The difference between the energy consumption of a well-maintained heat pump and a severely neglected one ranges from 10% to 25%. That can be hundreds of dollars a year in savings. Imagine what else you could spend that money on!

Filters are important to change as soon as they’re dirty. A clogged filter slows down air flow and forces your heat pump to work harder to move air, whether it’s hot or cold. By working harder your heat pump is using more energy and costing you more each month on your energy bills. Maintaining your heat pump will address dirty filters, coils and fans and help air move as it was intended to. In addition to affecting efficiency, reduced airflow can damage your heat pump’s compressor.

Cleaning around the outdoor condenser unit is also an important part of maintaining your heat pump. Keeping bushes, trees, shrubs, flowers, patio furniture, umbrellas, fallen leaves and anything else away from your heat pump will ensure that it has proper airflow to perform its necessary operations.

Managing Your Heat Pump With A Thermostat

When it comes to your heat pump’s thermostat it’s important to set it properly. Do not set back the heat pump’s thermostat if it causes the backup heating to come on. Most backup heating systems cost much more to operate than your high efficiency heat pump. On top of that if you continuously run the indoor fan your heat pump performance will degrade over time, unless your system uses a high-efficiency, variable-speed fan motor. Operate the system on the “auto” fan setting on the thermostat, to avoid unnecessary wear and tear on the fan motor and components. Consider installing (or have a professional install) a programmable thermostat with multistage functions suitable for a heat pump. Overall, thermostats are an important part of maintaining your heat pump long term.

Maintaining Your Heat Pump – Annual Maintenance

One of the most important things you can do to keep your heat pump running properly and efficiently is to have a professional HVAC technician service your heat pump at least once a year. A Novel Care HVAC technician will:

  • Inspect ducts, filters, blower components, and coils for dirt, dust and other things
  • Diagnose and seal duct leakage
  • Verify adequate airflow in all areas
  • Verify correct refrigerant charge in the heat pump
  • Check for refrigerant leaks in many different locations
  • Inspect electric terminals, clean and tighten connections, and apply make necessary repairs
  • Lubricate motors and inspect belts for tightness, and wear and tear
  • Verify electrical controls and ensure that heating is locked out when the thermostat calls for cooling and vice versa
  • Verify correct thermostat operation and replace or upgrade thermostat if necessary

For more information about maintaining your heat pump or to schedule an annual maintenance appointment contact a Novel Care HVAC technician today: 647-547-4049.

Ductless Units For Home Heating

Ductless systems are most commonly used in the summer for air conditioning, but many units also have heating options that can be useful during cooler times of the year. Ductless systems aren’t the ideal solution for heating your home during the cold months of winter, but they are a great way to heat spaces in your house that aren’t fully heated by other heating sources like electric heating or forced air heating.

Ductless Heating In The Fall

As the night’s cool down, but the days are still hot utilizing your ductless air conditioner for both heating and cooling is a great way to maintain home comfort and efficiency. Ductless units have the ability to blow warm air into cool spaces so you don’t notice the difference in temperature during cool fall nights.

Complete ductless systems also offer the same efficiency that they typically do when being used for air conditioning. This means that you can count on them for heating without drastically affecting your energy bill.

Autumn Maintenance

In order to keep your ductless system reliable and running efficiently during the colder months it’s important to take care of it. Simple cleaning of the unit and the filter is typically sufficient on a regular basis to keep your unit working fine, but professional maintenance should be done at least once or twice a year as well. Call and HVAC expert to take care of the maintenance for your ductless system is essential to it working properly and lasting for many years to come.

HVAC professionals can identify problems and make recommendations and repairs as necessary. Overall, there’s no better way to maintain your system.

For more information about using your system in the fall and winter or to schedule a maintenance or repair appointment contact Novel Care today: 416-921-0000. Novel Care has been serving Toronto, York Region and the entire GTA for over 30 years.