A heat pump is an efficient system that can both heat and cool your home. Heat pumps work best in climates with mild winters, making them an ideal choice for our area. If you’re looking for smart ways to optimize your heat pump performance this winter, try these tips and tricks to get the most from your system.
Understand How the Heat Pump Works
Heat pumps can work in winter weather, but they lose efficiency as temperatures drop. Fortunately, heat pumps don’t typically suffer until temperatures fall below freezing, but this is uncommon in our Floridian climate.
Set the Thermostat Properly
A programmable thermostat is one of the best tools you can use for managing your heat pump effectively. You should never set your thermostat to extremes to try and reach your desired temperature. Putting the thermostat on 90 won’t make it heat to 70 faster. It may, however, diminish your energy efficiency and put more strain on your system. A smart thermostat will turn the heat pump on in advance of the time that you’ve selected for your temperature adjustment so you get the heat you need right when you want it.
Keep the Filter Clean
Change the filter at least quarterly to keep it in optimum condition. If you have pets or a lot of dust in your home, you may need to increase the frequency of your filter changes to once a month. This is also true if you have asthma or allergy sufferers. A clean filter improves your energy efficiency, as well as the indoor air quality.
Maintain the Exterior Heat Pump Unit
Make sure the outdoor unit for your heat pump is unobstructed. Clear leaves, twigs, and other debris away from the unit so it has unrestricted airflow. Do not place a cover over this installation, as this will restrict airflow and make it impossible for the unit to operate efficiently. In Florida, it’s unlikely that you’ll need to shelter your system from snow, so simply focus on keeping the area clear for easy airflow.
Seal Your Home
You want the heat that your system generates to stay inside your home. If your house isn’t sealed properly, some of the heat can escape through cracks in the walls or openings around windows and doors. Carefully inspect your home for areas where warm air can get out. Install weather stripping under windows and doors. Seal cracks in other areas with caulk. Add insulation to the attic, as heat rises and may try to escape through the ceiling.
If you need heat pump repair services or you’re interested in adding a heat pump to your home, Del-Air Heating and Air Conditioning can help. Give us a call at (888) 831-2665 to learn more about how we can get you on board with a new heat pump.