Did you realize that your heat pump can lose efficiency as time goes on? While unescapable wear and tear throughout the years will have some effect on your heat pump’s efficiency, the leading culprit when it comes to heat pumps losing efficiency is lack of maintenance. Taking the time to arrange regular heat pump maintenance is the number one way you can keep your heat pump operating as it should and potentially save some money on your utility bills.
At Schraer Heating & Air Conditioning, we recommend biannual heat pump maintenance. At our visits, we will assess your heat pump for any possible problems and recommend repairs if they’re needed. We’ll also ensure your heat pump is clean and make any necessary adjustments. A key part of a clean heat pump is a clean air filter. While we’ll always change your air filter during heat pump maintenance, you can help keep your heat pump efficient by taking a look at your air filter throughout the year.
ENERGY STAR® recommends changing your air filter monthly. You might need to change it more or less frequently, depending on your filter type, your system and your home’s environment. As an example, if you have pets, you might need to change your air filter more regularly than someone who doesn’t. By checking your filter every month, you’ll start to understand how often you should replace it with a new one. Air will flow more freely inside your home when you have a clean filter. You’ll notice improved air quality in addition to a rise in heat pump efficiency. You could also lengthen the life expectancy of your heat pump by keeping its filter clean. That’s because your heat pump has to work so much harder when you have a dirty air filter and that puts preventable wear and tear on its components.
Another thing that could decrease your heat pump’s efficiency is leaking ductwork. If your ducts have any leaks, holes or poor connections, your system needs to work harder to efficiently deliver air throughout your home. And even though your heat pump will be working overtime, you may not reach your ideal comfort level. If you are curious how well-sealed your ducts are, ask our professionals at Schraer Heating & Air Conditioning.
Your heating and cooling system is responsible for about half your home’s energy usage, so having an efficient furnace is critical. At Schraer Heating & Air Conditioning, we can help make sure your heat pump is running at peak efficiency. Call us today to arrange your annual heat pump maintenance at 636-456-5041.