Heat pumps offer extremely efficient heating and cooling for your Nashville home, helping you achieve exceptional home comfort in any weather at lower cost. Like all HVAC appliances, your heat pump requires regular care to maintain its high efficiency and prevent problems that could affect its ability to regulate the temperature inside your home. If you need help with your heat pump or have questions about its maintenance requirements, your HVAC service can provide the answers you need to protect this valuable investment and ensure your home remains at the temperature you want all year long.
Replace the Air Filter
Central heat pumps draw air into the system through a filter, which screens out airborne particles. Over time, the filter becomes clogged with the particles it catches, reducing airflow and increasing the strain on your system, which in turn increases the cost of operation and raises the risk of a breakdown. Changing your air filter every one to three months will help to maintain proper airflow and reduce the amount of dirt and debris that enters your heat pump and your ducts. If you aren’t sure which type of filter is best for your system, talk to an HVAC expert about the correct MERV rating for your needs—higher MERV ratings will screen out smaller particles, but a rating that is too high for your system could affect airflow by presenting a mesh that is too fine.
Clean Around the Outdoor Unit
Your heat pump’s outdoor condenser plays an important part in the system’s overall performance. Keeping the area around the condenser clear of leaves and other debris will help your heat pump continue to perform efficiently by maintaining better airflow over the condenser coils. Make sure to trim any landscaping around the condenser back for a few feet in all directions, and avoid planting large overhanging trees nearby. You should also have this area of your yard checked for pests regularly to ensure no nests have been built in or near the condenser. If you want to hide your condenser, consider a small fence to prevent debris from accumulating near the outdoor unit, rather than using landscaping to conceal it.
Check Your Thermostat
When your home uses a heat pump for heating and cooling, it’s important that you use your thermostat correctly to gain the greatest benefit and reduce unnecessary strain on the system. Heat pumps work differently than traditional heating and cooling systems and require thermostats that are specifically designed to work with a heat pump to achieve maximum performance. Additionally, setting your thermostat to maintain home comfort with a heat pump may be different than the settings you may have used with a traditional HVAC system—talk to your heating and cooling service about how your thermostat works and how to program your thermostat to get the most from your heat pump in terms of performance and financial savings.
Poor maintenance can cost your heat pump up to 25% in efficiency, raising the cost of heating and cooling your home. You can schedule professional maintenance for your heat pump in Nashville when you visit us online to take a look at our full range of heating and cooling services. We also invite you to stop by our blog for monthly tips and information on heating, cooling, and home plumbing.