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Springtime Tips: Running Your Heat Pump Efficiently

Springtime is here and temperatures are beginning to warm up. If you have a heat pump, you may be looking for ways to ensure it is operating efficiently to maximize energy use and save some money. We have some tips to help you do just that.

One of the best ways to help your heat pump operate efficiently is to schedule heat pump service in Milford, OH. Professional attention can make all the difference in heat pump efficiency. You can keep reading to learn more about professional heat pump service and other tips for helping your unit operate efficiently over the spring and summer seasons.

Select Reasonable Temperature Settings

The best ways to ensure that your heat pump is operating efficiently is by having reasonable expectations for both heating and cooling. Experts recommend that you not set your thermostat higher than 68° for heating or lower than 78° for cooling. Each degree difference can cost you more on your energy bills. But that isn’t the only problem. 

You’re also adding strain to your heat pump as it tries to cool your home to unreasonable expectations. A couple of degrees difference isn’t a huge deal, but setting the thermostat significantly higher in the winter or lower in the summer can mean that your heat pump has to work harder than it was designed to. 

Keep Up With Maintenance

As a homeowner, there are steps that you can take to care for your heat pump. First, you have to change out the air filter on time every one to three months. You’ll have to read your individual air filter to determine how frequently it is rated to last for. Leaving a dirty air filter in place for too long causes one of two problems.

First, it blocks airflow into your heat pump and places strain on the system. Second, it allows dust and dirt to seep through and enter your heat pump. You also need to rinse out the condensate drain line with some vinegar once a month to help prevent clogs and mold growth.

If your condensate drain line gets clogged, water can back up and leak out into your home, potentially causing water damage and mold growth around your home as well. It’s also a good idea to take a peek at the outdoor unit and make sure that it has at least three feet of space in every direction for maximum airflow and that you gently hose it off if it is particularly dirty.

Ensure Proper Insulation

Aside from making sure that your heat pump is working at its best, you also want to make sure that cool air blowing into your house this spring stays inside and doesn’t leak out. If your windows and doors are not airtight, cold air is escaping. 

This can increase your indoor air temperature quickly so that your heat pump is constantly working against inefficiencies. You also want to make sure that your attic has adequate insulation to keep cool air from escaping there.

Schedule Professional Service

Another way to make sure that your heat pump operates at its best is by prioritizing professional maintenance with our team of technicians. When we can look at your heat pump year after year and make tweaks to the system, we can help ensure that your heat pump maintains high efficiency standards across its entire lifespan. When there are repair needs, we can make them all along instead of waiting for your heater to break down completely to address them.

Shafer Heating & Cooling, LLC: You are just one call away from the comfort and savings you deserve! Schedule an appointment today for your new HVAC installation appointment.

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