Did you realize that your heat pump can lose efficiency over time? While unescapable wear and tear during the years will impact your heat pump’s efficiency, the most popular culprit when it comes to heat pumps losing efficiency is lack of maintenance. Ensuring you have regular heat pump maintenance performed is the best way you can keep your heat pump working as it should and potentially save some money on your energy bills.
At Ambient Air, we suggest biannual heat pump maintenance. Each time, we will inspect your heat pump for any possible problems and recommend repairs if they’re needed. We’ll also confirm your heat pump is clean and make any necessary adjustments. A critical part of a clean heat pump is a clean air filter. Even though we will change your air filter during heat pump maintenance, you can help keep your heat pump efficient by seeing if your air filter needs to be replaced throughout the year.
ENERGY STAR® recommends changing your air filter on a monthly basis. You might need to change it more or less frequently, depending on your filter type, your system and the environment in your home. As an example, if you have pets, you may need to change your air filter more frequently than someone who doesn’t. By checking your filter every month, you will start to get a feel for how often you should change it. Air will flow more freely throughout your home when you have a clean filter. You’ll experience improved air quality in addition to a positive increase 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 unnecessary wear and tear on its components.
Another factor that could reduce 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 could still have issues staying comfortable. If you are curious how well-sealed your ducts are, ask our professionals at Ambient Air.
Your heating and cooling system is responsible for roughly half your home’s energy usage, so having an efficient furnace is key. At Ambient Air, we can help make sure your heat pump is working at peak efficiency. Call us today to schedule your annual heat pump maintenance at 520-357-4912.