How Does Heat Pump Maintenance Impact the Energy Efficiency of Your Home? 01/12/2018Did you realize that your heat pump can lose efficiency over time? While inevitable wear and tear over the years will cause some impact 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 performed is the best way you can keep your heat pump working as it should and potentially save some money on your energy costs. At Ocean Air Conditioning, we recommend biannual heat pump maintenance. Each time, we will inspect your heat pump for any probable 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. While we’ll always 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 every month. You may need to change it more or less frequently, depending on your filter type, your system and the environment in your home. For example, if you have pets, you might need to change your air filter more often 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 throughout your home when you have a clean filter. You’ll see improved air quality in addition to a rise in heat pump efficiency. You could also lengthen the life expectancy of your heat pump by keeping its filter clean. That’s because your heat pump is forced to work harder when you have a dirty air filter and that puts unnecessary wear and tear on its components. Another factor 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 still may not be as comfortable as you expect to be. If you are questioning how well-sealed your ducts are, ask our team at Ocean Air Conditioning. Your heating and cooling system is responsible for about half your home’s energy usage, so having an efficient furnace is critical. At Ocean Air Conditioning, we can help ensure your heat pump is operating at peak efficiency. Call us today to book your annual heat pump maintenance at 949-525-9119, or you can schedule an appointment with us online.