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 after a while? While inevitable wear and tear throughout the years will impact your heat pump’s efficiency, the main culprit when it comes to heat pumps losing efficiency is lack of maintenance. Ensuring you have regular heat pump maintenance performed is the best way you can keep your heat pump performing as it should and probably save some money on your energy costs.

At Breathe Healthier Air, we suggest biannual heat pump maintenance. Each time, we will evaluate your heat pump for any potential problems and recommend repairs if they’re needed. We’ll also ensure your heat pump is clean and make any necessary adjustments. A key part of a clean heat pump is a clean air filter. Even though we 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 could need to change it more or less frequently, depending on your filter type, your system and your home’s environment. 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 will start to get a feel for 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 experience improved air quality in addition to an increase in heat pump efficiency. You could also extend the life expectancy of your heat pump by keeping its filter clean. That’s because your heat pump has to work so much 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, it’ll be harder for your system to efficiently deliver air throughout your home. And even though your heat pump will be working overtime, you may not reach your ideal comfort level. If you are curious how well-sealed your ducts are, ask our professionals at Breathe Healthier Air.

Your heating and cooling system is responsible for approximately half your home’s energy usage, so having an efficient furnace is critical. At Breathe Healthier Air, we can help confirm your heat pump is operating at peak efficiency. Call us today to schedule your annual heat pump maintenance at 772-600-7151.