Operating and Maintaining Your Heat Pump
Operating your heat pump or air conditioner properly will greatly save energy in your home. Much of our utility costs come from backup heat — backup heating systems are much more expensive to operate. Most backup heat is 10,000 watts. Imagine the cost of 10,00 watts on your electric bill! Also, running the heat pump fan continuously is very costly and takes life from the fan. Instead of using the fan “on” position on the thermostat use the auto position and be sure to not turn your thermostat up too high.
Like any mechanical piece of equipment, routine maintenance is very important. A heat pump that is routinely serviced can get up to 25% more efficiency than one that is not maintained.
Always replace your heat pump filters at least once per month, and keep the heat pump maintained regularly. Airflow can be greatly increased by cleaning dirt from your heat pump coil and filter. Reduced airflow will always hurt your heat pump’s performance. Always consult a professional heat pump servicing company if you have questions.
You should also consult a heat pump technician to service your heat pump at least once per year. The technician can do the following:
- Inspect ducts, filters, blower, and indoor coil for dirt and other obstructions
- Inspect and seal air leaks in ducts
- Verify vent airflow by measurement
- Verify refrigerant levels
- Inspect heat pump for leaks
- Inspect heat pump electrical systems and tighten loose connections
- Verify correct thermostat operation.