A heat pump is a great addition to any home’s HVAC system, because it can complement your air conditioning system if you just want to use it in winter, or it can comprise the whole of your heating and cooling. Heat pumps can be used year-round thanks to a simple switch in the direction of air flow, and their efficient use of refrigerant means they consume less energy than your typical fuel-burning furnace for savings.
Taking care of your heat pump is a relatively easy affair with the assistance of an experienced HVAC contractor. Depending on how often you use your heat pump in your home, your maintenance requirements may be a little different. For example, if you only use your heat pump in the wintertime, you’ll want to have a thorough pre-season inspection to ensure that it’s ready to go after several summer months of inactivity.
If you use your heat pump for all of your residential heating and cooling, one annual inspection is typically enough for in-depth maintenance, while the occasional check-up will ensure things are running smoothly.
- One at-home measure you can take to extend the life of your heat pump and boost its efficiency is regularly changing your air filters. These not only clean your air and improve your home’s indoor air quality, but they also protect the inner workings of the blower in the indoor portion of your heat pump.
- Clear away any debris like leaves, branches, or weeds around the outside unit of your heat pump. This keeps airflow unimpeded, which lets your heat pump “breathe” and avoids damage to internal components.
- Have the coils in the outdoor unit cleaned regularly, especially if you’ve experienced a period of windy weather. Your HVAC contractor can assist with this for safe and proper cleaning.
If you would like to know more about caring for your heat pump, call Blue Dot Services of Maryland at (410) 698-6465 to schedule an appointment with one of our service technicians. We can inspect and service your heat pump so that it operates at its best for years.