Do you know that your heat pump can lose efficiency over time? While unescapable wear and tear over the years will cause some impact on your heat pump’s efficiency, the most popular culprit when it comes to heat pumps losing efficiency is lack of maintenance. Ensuring you have regular heat pump maintenance is the number one way you can keep your heat pump operating as it should and possibly save some money on your utility bills.
At Ilten's, we suggest biannual heat pump maintenance. At our visits, we will evaluate your heat pump for any possible problems and recommend repairs if they’re needed. We’ll also confirm your heat pump is clean and make any necessary adjustments. An important part of a clean heat pump is a clean air filter. While we’ll always change your air filter during heat pump maintenance, you can help keep your heat pump efficient by taking a look at your air filter throughout the year.
ENERGY STAR® recommends changing your air filter on a monthly basis. You could need to change it more or less frequently, depending on your filter type, your system and your indoor environment. For instance, if you have pets, you may want 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 replace it with a new one. Air will flow more freely throughout your home when you have a clean filter. You’ll notice improved air quality in addition to a rise in heat pump efficiency. You could also lengthen the life expectancy of your heat pump by keeping its filter clean. That’s because your heat pump is forced to work harder when you have a dirty air filter and that puts unnecessary wear and tear on its components.
Another item that could shrink 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 questioning how well-sealed your ducts are, ask our professionals at Ilten's.
Your heating and cooling system is responsible for about half your home’s energy usage, so having an efficient furnace is important. At Ilten's, we can help make sure your heat pump is operating at peak efficiency. Call us today to book your annual heat pump maintenance at 319-208-2351.