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 Air Conditioner Pro 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 Air Conditioner Pro HVAC technician today: 647-547-4049.