When it comes to affordability and reliability, heat pumps are near the top of the list for heating and cooling. However, just like any other appliance in your home, they require specific care to operate for as long as possible. What are some of the tricks that you can use to make your heat pump last for as long as possible?
Have Consistent Maintenance
Every type of HVAC system eventually needs repairs at some point, and proactive maintenance is one way to reduce the likelihood of emergency breakdowns and the need for costly repairs. During maintenance visits, a technician will perform tests and proactive care that can identify small problems before they are allowed to worsen. The technician will also do things like flushing the drain line and examining parts that are prone to wear and tear.
In general, if you use a heat pump for both heating and cooling, it’s a good idea to have maintenance performed twice a year.
Change the HVAC Filters
Filters do not just remove debris and dust from the air that circulates through your ducts; filters also help prevent debris from entering your heat pump system. When filters are clogged, systems need to work harder to heat or cool the home. This leads to unnecessary wear and tear and can decrease the lifespan of the heat pump. How often should you be changing your filters?
- Homes without pets: every 60-90 days
- Homes with a cat or dog: every 30-60 days
- Homes with multiple pets or high pollution: every 30 days
- Homes with indoor or outdoor allergy problems or in high-pollution areas: every 30 days
The minor investment in replacing filters more often is typically paid back through the need for fewer repairs and better health.
Check Your Thermostat
Every thermostat is not necessarily a good match for every type of HVAC system, so it’s a good idea to consult with your heating and cooling professional before switching or upgrading yours. When programming or setting your thermostat, ensure that you use a consistent temperature instead of constantly turning it up or down.
Heat pumps are most efficient when they are allowed to adjust to a consistent temperature, and tinkering constantly will shorten the lifespan of the system. It’s also critical to be realistic about your heat pump system. For example, if it is 100 degrees outside in the summer, setting the thermostat at 68 will not be a viable solution. Your unit will run nonstop trying to cool the house.
Keep the Yard Tidy
Your heat pump consists of an indoor portion and an outdoor portion. While you might associate maintenance with the indoor part, it is just as critical in your yard. The outdoor condenser for your heat pump must have adequate space surrounding it to properly take in and expel air.
When caring for your yard, ensure that the grass around the base of the unit is mowed regularly. Do not plant shrubs or other plants directly on each side of the condenser. Never store or place anything on top of the condenser, as this can also negatively impact the airflow.
Choose the Right Sized Unit for Your Home
Heat pump systems and all HVAC systems must be sized appropriately to match the home that they are heating and cooling. For example, if you have a heat pump system that is too small, it will be virtually impossible to maintain the proper temperature. The unit will need to run more often to keep up, which will lead to increased wear and tear. Trust an expert to help find the perfect fit for your home. Call Hoot today 443-309-8420.