How Does Heat Pump Maintenance Impact the Energy Efficiency of Your Home?

January 12, 2018

Were you aware that your heat pump can lose efficiency as time goes on? While inevitable wear and tear during the years will cause some impact on your heat pump’s efficiency, the leading 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 greatest way you can keep your heat pump performing as it should and potentially save some money on your energy bills.

At Ocean Air Conditioning and Heating , we recommend biannual heat pump maintenance. At every visit, 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 critical 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 monthly. You might need to change it more or less frequently, depending on your filter type, your system and your indoor environment. For instance, if you have pets, you may 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 inside your home when you have a clean filter. You’ll experience improved air quality in addition to an increase 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 item that could reduce 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 wondering how well-sealed your ducts are, ask our experts at Ocean Air Conditioning and Heating .

Your heating and cooling system is responsible for roughly half your home’s energy usage, so having an efficient furnace is critical. At Ocean Air Conditioning and Heating , we can help ensure your heat pump is operating at peak efficiency. Call us today to schedule your annual heat pump maintenance at 949-525-9119.