Do you know that your heat pump can lose efficiency as time goes on? While inevitable wear and tear during 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. Ensuring you have regular heat pump maintenance is the best way you can keep your heat pump operating as it should and possibly save some money on your energy bills.
At LTS Plumbing & Heating Inc., we advise biannual heat pump maintenance. At every visit, we will assess your heat pump for any potential problems and recommend repairs if they’re needed. We’ll also make sure 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 taking a look at your air filter throughout the year.
ENERGY STAR® recommends changing your air filter every month. You may need to change it more or less frequently, depending on your filter type, your system and your indoor environment. For example, if you have pets, you may need to change your air filter more frequently than someone who doesn’t. By checking your filter every month, you’ll start to understand how often you should change it out for a new filter. 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 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 unnecessary wear and tear on its components.
Another thing that could shrink 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 questioning how well-sealed your ducts are, ask our professionals at LTS Plumbing & Heating Inc..
Your heating and cooling system is responsible for about half your home’s energy usage, so having an efficient furnace is critical. At LTS Plumbing & Heating Inc., we can help confirm your heat pump is working at peak efficiency. Call us today to schedule your annual heat pump maintenance at 570-648-0748.