How Does Heat Pump Maintenance Impact the Energy Efficiency of Your Home?

January 12, 2018

Were you aware that your heat pump can lose efficiency as time goes on? While unavoidable wear and tear during the years will cause some impact on your heat pump’s efficiency, the main culprit when it comes to heat pumps losing efficiency is lack of maintenance. Making sure to schedule regular heat pump maintenance performed is the greatest way you can keep your heat pump operating as it should and possibly save some money on your utility bills.

At Hale's Air Conditioning Services Inc, we recommend biannual heat pump maintenance. Each time, we will assess your heat pump for any probable problems and recommend repairs if they’re needed. We’ll also make sure your heat pump is clean and make any necessary adjustments. A key 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 checking and replacing it 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 may need to change your air filter more frequently than someone who doesn’t. By checking your filter every month, you’ll begin to figure out how often you should change it out for a new filter. Air will flow more freely inside your home when you have a clean filter. You’ll experience improved air quality in addition to an increase in heat pump efficiency. You could also improve the life expectancy of your heat pump by keeping its filter clean. That’s because your heat pump needs to work harder when you have a dirty air filter and that puts preventable wear and tear on its components.

Another factor that could decrease your heat pump’s efficiency is leaking ductwork. If your ducts have any leaks, holes or poor connections, it forces your system to work even harder to efficiently deliver air throughout your home. And even though your heat pump will be working overtime, you still may not be as comfortable as you expect to be. If you are questioning how well-sealed your ducts are, ask our professionals at Hale's Air Conditioning Services Inc.

Your heating and cooling system is responsible for approximately half your home’s energy usage, so having an efficient furnace is critical. At Hale's Air Conditioning Services Inc, we can help make sure your heat pump is running at peak efficiency. Call us today to schedule your annual heat pump maintenance at 727-369-6195.