Warm climates like that of Lehigh Acres, FL, and the surrounding areas are ideal for heat pumps. These home comfort systems offer energy-efficient cooling in the summertime and effective heating on the occasional chilly winter nights. Read on for tips on how to get the most out of your home’s heat pump.
Use a Programmable Thermostat
Heat pumps do an excellent job of maintaining consistent indoor temperatures. To make the most of this feature, use a programmable thermostat. These devices allow you to set a different temperature for overnight, morning, daytime, and evening. You can save 10% per year on heating and cooling costs with automatic temperature adjustments, explains the Department of Energy. If you have a variable-speed pump, it works at the lowest necessary speed to reach your desired temperature for each segment of the day.
Change the Filter
A dirty air filter decreases heat pump efficiency. To make sure your heating and cooling system operates as efficiently as possible, check the filter every month. During peak heating and cooling times, you may need to replace the filter monthly. Otherwise, replace the filter every 60 to 90 days for optimal airflow and energy efficiency. You can purchase filters in bulk to save money and time, and our NATE-certified technicians can show you how to replace the filters.
Keep the System Clean and Clear of Debris
Dust and debris buildup in and around your heat pump decrease its efficiency at transferring heat. Once each month, clean the condensate line and use your garden hose to lightly rinse the outdoor unit’s housing. Keep flowers, shrubs, and trees pruned at least three feet away from the system. Indoors, remove vent covers to clean and vacuum them monthly. Move furniture and stored items away from any equipment unit and vents.
To learn more about how to get the most out of your home’s heat pump, take a look at D & D Air Conditioning and Heating’s effective HVAC solutions, or contact us for additional tips.