Do you know that your heat pump can lose efficiency after a while? While unavoidable wear and tear throughout the years will have some effect on your heat pump’s efficiency, the main culprit when it comes to heat pumps losing efficiency is lack of maintenance. Taking the time to arrange regular heat pump maintenance is the greatest way you can keep your heat pump performing as it should and possibly save some money on your utility bills.
At Bishop’s HVAC, we advise biannual heat pump maintenance. At our visits, we will assess your heat pump for any possible 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. And while our experts will change your air filter during heat pump maintenance, you can help keep your heat pump efficient by seeing if your air filter needs to be replaced throughout the year.
ENERGY STAR® recommends changing your air filter on a monthly basis. You might need to change it more or less frequently, depending on your filter type, your system and the environment in your home. As an example, if you have pets, you might need to change your air filter more regularly than someone who doesn’t. By checking your filter every month, you’ll begin to figure out how often you should replace it with a new one. Air will flow more freely throughout your home when you have a clean filter. You’ll see improved air quality in addition to an increase in heat pump efficiency. You could also extend 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 item that could decrease your heat pump’s efficiency is leaking ductwork. If your ducts have any leaks, holes or poor connections, your system needs to work harder to efficiently deliver air throughout your home. And even though your heat pump will be working overtime, you could still have issues staying comfortable. If you are wondering how well-sealed your ducts are, ask our experts at Bishop’s HVAC.
Your heating and cooling system is responsible for roughly half your home’s energy usage, so having an efficient furnace is key. At Bishop’s HVAC, we can help make sure your heat pump is running at peak efficiency. Call us today to arrange your annual heat pump maintenance at 916-591-6889.