How Does Heat Pump Maintenance Impact the Energy Efficiency of Your Home?

January 12, 2018

Did you realize that your heat pump can lose efficiency as time goes on? While inevitable wear and tear throughout 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. Making sure to schedule regular heat pump maintenance performed is the greatest way you can keep your heat pump performing as it should and potentially save some money on your energy costs.

At Paso Robles Heating and Air, we recommend biannual heat pump maintenance. At every visit, we will evaluate your heat pump for any possible problems and recommend repairs if they’re needed. We’ll also ensure your heat pump is clean and make any necessary adjustments. An important part of a clean heat pump is a clean air filter. And while our experts will 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 monthly. You might need to change it more or less frequently, depending on your filter type, your system and your home’s environment. For instance, if you have pets, you may want to change your air filter more regularly than someone who doesn’t. By checking your filter every month, you will start to get a feel for how often you should replace with a new one. Air will flow more freely throughout your home when you have a clean filter. You’ll experience improved air quality in addition to an increase in heat pump efficiency. You could also improve 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 preventable wear and tear on its components.

Another factor that could shrink your heat pump’s efficiency is leaking ductwork. If your ducts have any leaks, holes or poor connections, your system needs to work harder to efficiently deliver air throughout your home. And even though your heat pump will be working overtime, you could still have issues staying comfortable. If you are curious how well-sealed your ducts are, ask our team at Paso Robles Heating and Air.

Your heating and cooling system is responsible for about half your home’s energy usage, so having an efficient furnace is key. At Paso Robles Heating and Air, we can help confirm your heat pump is operating at peak efficiency. Call us today to book your annual heat pump maintenance at 805-203-8667.