Now that you know exactly what a heat pump is and how it works (check out part one here), lets discuss their energy efficiency as well as maintenance tips to keep your system working properly.
An efficient heat pump uses approximately one-third the energy of a resistance heating system, such as electric forced air. When including backup heat and defrost cycle, a heat pump averages about one-half the cost of electric forced air heat. What that means for you is cash in your pocket – and who doesn’t like that? You can also reduce the operation cost further by using a “smart” thermostat and setting it at 68 degrees.
Maintaining your heat pump
Maintenance of your heat pump is important. You should replace the filters once a month during the heating season or clean the filter if the system has a permanent one. Keep the registers open and clear from blockage, and keep the outdoor unit free of debris.
By maintaining good air flow you will extend the life of your unit. The heat pump should be serviced each year before the heating season. The service call could include cleaning the coils, cleaning and lubricating fans, checking temperatures across heat exchangers, checking refrigerant pressure, checking electronic components and calibrating the thermostat.
Heat pumps can be a great alternative for those seeking an efficient way to either heat or cool their home. These systems are tricky to install and repair, so turn to the experienced professional heat pump installer at Eastern Tech. We have the knowledge and expertise to get the job done right.