5 Important Ways to Improve the Efficiency of Your Home Heat Pump System
A heat pump is a great investment for homeowners who are looking for a highly reliable and efficient heating system. While heat pumps are great investments; properly maintaining the system is essential to ensuring the heat pump performs at its highest capacity.
CHECK YOUR AIR FILTER EVERY MONTH
While many responsibilities come with being a homeowner, checking your system’s air filters is a very simple task that will help your heat pump perform its best. Dirt, dust, animal dander, and other debris will collect in the air filters, and it is important to be aware of how clean or dirty they are in order to replace them as recommended.
MAINTAIN CLEAN OUTDOOR COILS
You can clean your outdoor coils regularly with water to maintain clean coils. It is also important to check that the airflow around your coils is not cut off by garbage, snow, dirt, plants, or any other debris. It is important that you clean your outdoor coils on warmer days which means you should plan ahead for the cooler seasons.
During the winter season, it is normal for ice to form on the outside coils of your heat pump if temperatures drop too low. However, no action needs to be taken. Your heat pump has a defrost cycle which should turn on automatically and melt the ice within 10 minutes. Is the defrost cycle is not turning on to melt the ice? Contact Dunn’s Heating, Cooling, and Plumping to get a professional out to inspect your pump. Along with maintaining good airflow both inside and also outside of your unit, your heat pump should also be serviced before the start of every heating season.
CHECK THAT YOUR HEAT PUMP IS CORRECTLY PAIRED WITH YOUR THERMOSTAT
Your thermostat supports the majority of the heating and cooling stages within your heat pump. It can run the heat pump and auxiliary heat simultaneously to amplify comfort within your home and minimize overall energy costs. Some heat pump systems utilize an outdoor temperature sensor. This helps the system decide when to make use of supplemental heating.
DON’T DRASTICALLY CHANGE YOUR THERMOSTAT DURING THE WINTER MONTHS
Do not change your thermostat in major increments up or down in the temperature setting of your thermostat during the winter seasons. Large upward adjustments can trigger the backup heater. This will not properly heat your home. It is important to remember that heat pumps are different from gas furnaces. While gas furnaces will pump hot air for a short time. Heat pumps run longer to circulate air that might feel cooler when coming out of the vent. The air that is coming out of the heat pump is warm enough to heat the house efficiently and reduce costs.
LASTLY, YOU DO NOT NEED TO DROP THE TEMPERATURE AT NIGHT
This is not a necessary step for heat pumps that have two-stage thermostats. Do you turn the heat down at night? You may run the risk of activating the backup resistance heater when trying to raise the temperature in the morning. If the backup resistance heater is activated, any energy savings that are built up overnight will be wiped out in the morning. Want to turn your air down at night? Make sure to slowly raise the settings in your thermostat a few degrees at a time in the morning to prevent the activation of the backup heating system.
Heat Pump Efficiency – Anniston, AL
Utilize these five tips to best maintain an efficient and reliable heat pump that will keep you and your loved ones comfortable in your home. Don’t delay, contact Dunn’s Heating, Cooling & Plumbing for 100 percent satisfaction for all of your heating and cooling needs.