A heat pump is one of most energy efficient ways to heat and cool your home using a single appliance. In order to lower your electric bill and increase its effectiveness, it’s important to focus on increasing heat pump performance. Ideally, heat pumps need regular preventive maintenance to operate as close to the manufacturer’s specifications as possible. To do your part to maximize your heat pump’s performance, keep these tips in mind.
- Forced air systems require a calibrated amount of air to go through the blower in order to run efficiently. The blower should deliver between 400 and 500 cubic feet per minute. HVAC technicians have tools to measure the air flow. If it’s insufficient, a professional can change the blower settings to deliver more or less air.
- The air filter that protects the blower from airborne particulates needs to be clean in order to achieve the best air flow. Check the filters monthly and clean or replace for the best heat pump performance.
- Inspect your ducts. Leaky ducts cause conditioned air to flow into areas where it’s not needed. Ducts can account for up to 30 percent of losses in forced air systems, including heat pumps. If your ducts are insulated or hard to access, ask an HVAC technician to check the integrity of your ducts. Even leaks between the ducts and your heat registers can reduce the amount of air the ducts deliver to your home.
- Over time, your heat pump loses refrigerant. Even if the system is new, the refrigerant charge level may be off. The charge should be within a few ounces of the manufacturer’s specification. If it’s too high or low, your heat pump performance drops. When the technician finds that the pressure and temperatures don’t match the manufacturer’s requirements, he either adds or subtracts coolant using EPA-approved methods and equipment.
Team Bob’s Heating Cooling Plumbing has been providing HVAC services to Grand Traverse County and the surrounding area for more than 30 years. Please contact us when you want to improve your home’s heat pump performance.
Our goal is to help educate our customers about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about heat pump performance and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.