Many homeowners across the United States and indeed the entire world are increasingly investing in heat pumps because of the reliability and efficiency they enjoy out of these equipment. Heat pumps can serve both as air conditioners in summer to cool your home from the sweltering heat and to heat up your interiors in winter so that you don’t freeze from the biting cold.
If you take good care of your heat pump, it will not only serve you well over its lifespan but also ensure it breaks down less often and attains its full lifespan hence giving you value for your money. The following are some of the ways in which you can care for your heat pump so that it can give you quality service over its lifespan.
Adjust the Thermostat Gradually
When getting to winter where heating is really necessary, you need to set your thermostat high so that your house can heat up adequately. Some homeowners make the mistake of making big jumps upwards or downwards in setting their thermostats. These sudden adjustments normally activate the backup heater which is considered inefficient. Heat pumps circulate air which is considered cool when it comes out of your vent but warm enough to heat your house. Contrary to the gas furnace which works by blasting hot air for a certain duration and then goes off, heat pumps run longer and more efficiently hence you should gradually upgrade the thermostat temperature settings.
Don’t Turn Back the Temperature Setting at Night
It’s normal for homeowners to attempt making energy savings by turning their thermostats to low temperature settings at night as they sleep. While this may seem a good way of saving energy, it can actually work against you because you will be forced to raise the temperature in the morning as you wake up and this could activate the backup resistance heater. This activation can potentially erode all the savings you have made overnight. The best way to handle this is to raise the settings a few degrees at a time when you wake up in the morning as you check the thermostat lighting to ensure the backup heating is not activated.
Ensure Your Thermostat is Properly Paired with the Heat Pump
Smart thermostats can work with a variety of heat pump configurations as well as support different stages of heating and cooling. These thermostats can also run the heat pump and auxiliary heat at the same time in order to maximize comfort and reduce your energy costs. Some heat pump systems are designed with outdoor temperature sensors useful in determining whether supplemental heating is necessary even if the thermostat is suddenly turned up.
Cleaning or Changing Air Filters
Air filters should be changed or washed and refitted once per month. This is because in the cause of operation, air filters accumulate dust and dirt making them inefficient in filtering air as it filters through. This can affect the efficiency of your heating system hence the need for monthly replacement.
Cleaning of the Outdoor Coils
Because of their position outside the house, outdoor coils usually attract dust, dirt and other particles that infiltrate from the surroundings. A dirty coil becomes difficult to cool the air as it passes over hence affecting the efficiency of the entire system. During winter, the best approach is to defrost the system so as to melt the ice. The defrosting process is an automatic process that melts the ice in less than 10 minutes.
The coils also should be be cleaned and the surrounding environment also cleared of any garbage, mulch and plants making the airflow unobstructed. Maintaining a good airflow in and out of your system will expand the lifespan of your unit.
The heat pump should also be serviced regularly before the start of a heating season.