Heat Pump Efficiency - Save Some Money


Heat pump efficiency can only be at the highest level with proper routine maintenance and timely servicing. The homeowner is ultimately responsible for scheduled upkeep, as well as being aware of any changes that might denote that there's an unexpected problem. Some of the maintenance duties don't require a professional service call.

A lot of homeowners overlook the filter of the heat unit, even though it's something that they should be routinely changing. The filter is your pump's primary defense against dust particles that can block the interior coil. When a dirty filter remains in place, efficiency is greatly reduced.

Reduced pump efficiency is translated into greater energy usage. At the same time that you'll be paying more for the heating unit to operate, you'll find your comfort level drastically reduced. If the situation is allowed to continue for an extended amount of time, it can cause costly damage to the heating equipment. Develop the routine habit of cleaning or changing it every month.

Your heat pump filter should be easy to locate in the interior unit or the air grill that's for the return. If you have difficulty finding it, contact the manufacturer for detailed instructions in where to locate it. You can also ask your local heating contractor for the information. Heating service professionals are familiar with all makes and models.

Aside from preventing a clogged filter, it's important to assure the proper, unrestricted flow of air. Heated or cooled air is carried throughout your home through a system of duct work. The air is then dispersed through registers that are located inside each room. The distribution should never be blocked or deflected.

When there's an extended power outage, set your thermostat to the emergency heat setting. After the restoration of power, let the heat pump warm your house on the emergency setting for approximately an hour. This should be an adequate amount of time for the compressor heater to heat up any coolant that might be held inside.

When the hour has gone by, turn the thermostat back to its standard heating position. Of course, on newer heat pump models, you might not have to take these steps at all. If your pump manual doesn't offer the information, consult with your heating contractor so you'll know exactly what will need to be done with your unit.