Heat pumps are energy efficient systems that don’t require a lot of power to operate, but it’s important to take good care of them. A well-maintained heat pump can function up to 25 percent more effectively than a neglected one, which will save you money on your utility bill.
Set your system to “auto.” This will make it so that your system’s fan turns off once your house reaches a target temperature. This is important because otherwise your indoor fan will operate continuously, which wears down your system and costs you money.
Change the filters regularly. Heat pump filters usually need to be replaced about once a month, but check your owner’s manual for specific instructions and follow them closely. Changing your filter is one of the easiest ways to increase your heat pump’s efficiency and prolong its life. If you can’t find your owner’s manual, we can help! Visit the BrightNest Homefolio to learn how.
Keep the area around your outdoor pump clear. Your outdoor unit is a big gray box usually located on the side of your house. Inspect the area and remove any weeds, plants or dirt that may have accumulated. These things can reduce the airflow of your system and decrease efficiency. Note: To be safe, turn off your heat pump before cleaning the area.
Keep your electric backup heat off. Avoid setting your thermostat to a temperature that will cause your auxiliary electric heat (backup pump) to run continuously, because it’s much more expensive to operate. This usually happens if the outside temperature drops below freezing and you’re heating your house to a high temperature. You will know your electric backup is running if your indoor fans are working but your outdoor unit is not running. Try turning your heat down to solve the problem. If it isn’t cold outside, or that doesn’t resolve the issue, contact a professional to take a look – there may be a larger problem with your system.
Have your heat pump serviced once a year. While you can perform basic maintenance on your heat pump, it’s important to have a professional take a look once a year to make sure the more complex parts of the system are working properly, and make any necessary repairs. Your technician should do things like: check for leaks and obstruction, inspect and lubricate the motor housing, check your electrical terminals and controls, clean your outdoor and indoor coils, check the airflow of your system and verify the accuracy of your thermostat.