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

January 12, 2018

Were you aware that your heat pump can lose efficiency after a while? While unescapable wear and tear during the years will have some effect on your heat pump’s efficiency, the leading culprit when it comes to heat pumps losing efficiency is lack of maintenance. Ensuring you have regular heat pump maintenance performed is the number one way you can keep your heat pump working as it should and potentially save some money on your energy bills.

At YES R&M Inc., we suggest biannual heat pump maintenance. Each time, we will evaluate your heat pump for any probable problems and recommend repairs if they’re needed. We’ll also confirm your heat pump is clean and make any necessary adjustments. A key part of a clean heat pump is a clean air filter. While we’ll always 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 on a monthly basis. 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 might need to change your air filter more often than someone who doesn’t. By checking your filter every month, you’ll begin to figure out how often you should change it. Air will flow more freely through your home when you have a clean filter. You’ll experience improved air quality in addition to a positive increase in heat pump efficiency. You could also extend the life expectancy of your heat pump by keeping its filter clean. That’s because your heat pump needs to work harder when you have a dirty air filter and that puts preventable wear and tear on its components.

Another factor that could reduce your heat pump’s efficiency is leaking ductwork. If your ducts have any leaks, holes or poor connections, it forces your system to work even harder to efficiently deliver air throughout your home. And even though your heat pump will be working overtime, you may not reach your ideal comfort level. If you are questioning how well-sealed your ducts are, ask our professionals at YES R&M Inc..

Your heating and cooling system is responsible for roughly half your home’s energy usage, so having an efficient furnace is key. At YES R&M Inc., we can help make sure your heat pump is working at peak efficiency. Call us today to schedule your annual heat pump maintenance at 562-286-6624.