Is your heat pump performing lower than expected? Check out the whys and ways how to improve it.
A heat pump is a device designed to move heat from the outdoors to the indoors, or vice versa, depending on your needs. Like a refrigerator, the heat pump concentrates refrigerant at low pressure to absorb heat from its surroundings and then condenses the refrigerant at high pressure on the other coil to release the heat absorbed prior. This process can either warm or cool your place. The energy savings are fantastic over electric baseboard heaters, especially in North American climates with high weather variance.
But what if what was promised to you by your heat pump is slowly not at reach? There are many factors why your heat pump doesn’t perform well. To avoid these possible dilemmas that can affect your heat pump performance, efficiency, and comfort, we jot down some of the problems that can often occur to can improving them comes in handy. Check out the recommendations below:
Increase the home efficiency
Poorly insulated roofings and walls can be a significant cause of energy wastage. But with decent insulation, you could save between $160 and $300 a year, depending on the type of property you have and where you live. Insulation will aid you to keep the desired temperature in your house year-round, protecting you against too much cold in winter and excess heat in summer. A well-insulated home is very energy efficient and will need very little additional heating and cooling. Thus, your heat pump is safe from damage due to overworking.
Prevent duct leakages to reduce the heat waste
Your air ducts are one of the essential systems in your home, and if the ducts’ sealing is poor, they are likely contributing to higher energy bills. Your home’s duct system is a branching channel of tubes in the walls, floors, and ceilings; it moves the air from your home’s furnace and central air conditioner to each room. Ducts are sheet metal or fiberglass in the material.
Ducts that have heat air leakages into unheated spaces can cost hundreds of dollars yearly to your heating and cooling charges, but you can minimize that loss by properly sealing and insulating your ducts. Insulating ducts in unconditioned spaces is often very cost-effective. Existing vents may also be blocked or may require simple upgrades.
Set the thermostat correctly
Temperature settings for heat pumps should remain pretty consistent for optimal energy efficiency. It’s allowable to set back the temperature a few degrees to save energy overnight and during the daytime hours. Still, significant setbacks in heat pump temperatures can cause inefficiencies rather than improving efficiency. According to the Department of Energy (DOE), 68°F is the sweet spot that balances comfort and energy efficiency during the fall and winter months. When you and your family members are at home, a heat pump setting of 68°F keeps the living areas reasonably warm.
Replacing your air filter regularly
Experts always stress enough the importance of air filter replacement. Routine replacement or cleaning the air filter will increase your heat pump’s efficiency and, most importantly, improve your indoor air quality. Depending on the conditions inside your home, you’ll need to change your filter every one to three months. If someone in your family experiences asthma or allergies, you need to replace or clean your filter more frequently.
Provide proper maintenance
It is advisable to schedule heat pump maintenance with an HVAC professional at least yearly. If your heat pump is your central heating and cooling system rather than a supplemental one, you might need to schedule maintenance twice a year — preferably in the fall and spring. The procedure often includes cleaning the coils on both evaporator and condenser from debris, snow, and ice, maintaining proper clearance, removing any obstructions in the drain openings, and inspecting fans.
Remember that your heat pump is a sophisticated electric device that should be maintained and serviced by a professional and licensed technician to avoid warranty issues. With that, if you are from the greater Austin metropolitan area and surrounding suburbs, Blue Sky Heating and Air LLC will always be a call away for your heat pump and other HVAC services. Call us at (512) 222-6666 or fill out our Service Request form to find more about our services.
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