A heat pump offers an energy-efficient alternative to traditional HVAC systems like furnaces and air conditioning units. During the cooling season, it moves heat from the indoors to the warm outdoors. To ensure optimal performance and efficient operation, you must see to it that you avoid these common mistakes first-time heat pump users often commit:
Going easy on it. Make sure you’re using the heat pump’s cooling capabilities as much as possible. In this way you can benefit from its superior efficiency. You can also incorporate passive cooling using your windows and doors or mechanical ventilation using fans for increased comfort.
Using “Auto” mode. Many homeowners think that setting your heat pump to “auto” is the best way to go to ensure efficient operation. However, this will only cause the unit to switch between heating and cooling unnecessarily. A heat pump has both heating and cooling modes, which means where you set it will depend on the time of year.
Setting the fan’s speed to low. If you do this, your home won’t reach the desired indoor temperatures. Strangely, a heat pump works much better if you set it to a higher fan speed. While this can produce more ambient noise, you can always adjust it to the level you’re comfortable with before setting your thermostat.
Failing to keep it well-maintained. The longevity and performance of your heat pump hinge on how proactive you are in taking care of it. Clean and replace the air filter every month to get rid of dirt and debris accumulating in them. Keep the outdoor unit clean and free of obstructions to ensure proper airflow. Get in touch with a NATE-certified HVAC technician who can perform a tune-up of your heat pump and perform repairs when needed. With these maintenance tips, you can extend your heat pump’s lifespan.
Allison Air Conditioning offers top-notch HVAC services, from air conditioning repair to heating replacements. We also provide scheduled maintenance to keep your systems running at maximum efficiency. Give us a call at (951) 736-1101 or fill out our contact form. We serve homeowners in Corona, CA, and the surrounding communities.