As the Stuart temperature goes down, your heat pump often has to pick up the pace to keep your household cozy. While it will unavoidably run the longest during colder months, there are some things you can do to prevent excess strain on your heat pump that could lead to a heat pump repair.
Is Your Filter Dirty?
Ah, the golden rule of heat pump ownership: take a look at your air filter often and confirm it is not dirty. We can’t say it enough. This is an easy way to keep your heat pump working as it should and help prevent heat pump repair. When your air filter is dirty and clogged, it becomes more difficult for air to pass through and causes your heat pump to work a lot harder than it should. All this extra work can lead to a breakdown. If you have Breathe Healthier Air perform routine annual maintenance on your heat pump, we’ll check your air filter and replace it if needed. It’s a great idea to set a reminder for yourself to check your filter every month and change it again when you start to notice dirt building up.
Are Your Vents Clear and Open?
If your vents are dirty or blocked, or even just closed, your heat pump is going to operate harder than it needs to. Keep furniture and curtains from blocking your vents to allow the warm air to flow through your home and reduce the load on your heat pump. If you notice the airflow still isn’t as strong as it should be, or you see dirt collecting on your vent covers, have your ductwork looked at. Leaks may need to be sealed, or it just might benefit from a good cleaning.
If the end result is that the ducts are clear, but your heat pump still isn’t keeping up, give Breathe Healthier Air a call before you flip the emergency heat switch. We might be able to help you find a better way to heat your home.
Are You Using a Programmable Thermostat?
A programmable thermostat can help prevent your heat pump from running when it isn’t necessary. Without a programmable thermostat, your heat pump will heat your home during times when it’s not needed—like when everyone is gone or away on vacation. A programmable thermostat allows you to modify your heating schedule around your routine and heat your home at specific times—which will help you save money on your utility bills and put less strain on your heat pump and help prevent a heat pump repair.
If you want more information on reducing the strain on your heat pump and preventing heat pump repair, give Breathe Healthier Air a call at 772-353-4633 and we will be happy to help.