Did you realize that your heat pump can lose efficiency as time goes on? 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. Making sure to schedule regular heat pump maintenance is the best way you can keep your heat pump performing as it should and potentially save some money on your energy bills.
At Fire & Ice HVAC, we advise biannual heat pump maintenance. At every visit, 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 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 checking and replacing it throughout the year.
ENERGY STAR® recommends changing your air filter monthly. You may need to change it more or less frequently, depending on your filter type, your system and the environment in your home. For example, if you have pets, you may need to change your air filter more regularly than someone who doesn’t. By checking your filter every month, you will start to get a feel for 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 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 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, 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 wondering how well-sealed your ducts are, ask our team at Fire & Ice HVAC.
Your heating and cooling system is responsible for approximately half your home’s energy usage, so having an efficient furnace is important. At Fire & Ice HVAC, we can help ensure your heat pump is running at peak efficiency. Call us today to book your annual heat pump maintenance at 703-595-4157.