As the Saint Petersburg temperature gets cooler, your heat pump usually has to pick up the pace to keep everyone in your house comfortable. While it will inescapably run the longest during colder months, there are some things you can do to avoid excess strain on your heat pump that might result in a heat pump repair.
Is Your Filter Dirty?
Ah, the golden rule of heat pump ownership: check your air filter often and make sure it’s clean. We can’t say it enough. This is a very simple way to keep your heat pump running as it should and help prevent heat pump repair. When your air filter is dirty and clogged, it becomes more difficult for air to pass through and causes your heat pump to work a lot harder than it normally would. All this extra work can mean a breakdown. If you have Hale's Air Conditioning Services Inc perform regular annual maintenance on your heat pump, we’ll check your air filter and replace it if needed. It’s a great idea to set a reminder for yourself to check your filter monthly and change it again when you start to notice dirt building up.
Are Your Vents Clear and Open?
If your vents are dirty or blocked, or even just closed, your heat pump is going to run harder than it needs to. Keep furniture and curtains from blocking your vents to allow the warm air to flow through your space and ease the load on your heat pump. If you find the airflow still isn’t as strong as it should be, or you see dirt accumulating on your vent covers, have your ductwork looked at. Leaks may need to be sealed, or it just might require a good cleaning.
If the end result is that the ducts are clear, but your heat pump still isn’t keeping up, give Hale's Air Conditioning Services Inc a call before you flip the emergency heat switch. We might be able to help you find a better way to heat your home.
Are You Using a Programmable Thermostat?
A programmable thermostat can help avert your heat pump from running when it isn’t necessary. Without a programmable thermostat, your heat pump will heat your house during times when it’s not required—like when everyone is gone or away on vacation. A programmable thermostat allows you to modify your heating schedule around your lifestyle and heat your home at certain times—which will help you save money on your energy costs and put less strain on your heat pump and help prevent a heat pump repair.
If you want more information on reducing the strain on your heat pump and preventing heat pump repair, give Hale's Air Conditioning Services Inc a call at 727-369-6195 and we will be happy to help.