Heat Pump Dos and Don’ts
Heat pumps are a heating and cooling craze sweeping the nation. By taking advantage of the ground's consistent temperatures, they heat and cool your home at a fraction of the energy cost of traditional systems.
Indeed, the Minnesota Geothermal Heat Pump Association says, “Geothermal heat pumps are nationally known and have been proven to be the most environmentally friendly heating, cooling, and hot water systems available today."
However, there's a right and wrong way to use these systems, just like a furnace or air conditioning system. Air Comfort Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. has a few dos and don'ts to get the most out of your heat pump.
Take note of these factors, and you’ll find out whether a heat pump is right for you.
Do: Take Things Gradually
It is tempting to hike up the temperatures on the thermostat when you’re shocked by that wind chill – we get it. But if you want to save energy and money with your heat pump, try to make any changes slowly and ahead of time.
Fortunately, sudden and extreme changes won’t hurt the system by any means. However, they will trigger your “backup,” or auxiliary heat.
Sometimes, a heat pump on its own isn’t enough to get your home to a comfortable temperature. Heat pumps may be accompanied with backup systems, which use more energy, to help them out.
Try to avoid the excessive use of such systems by making temperature changes gradually to save money on your heating bill.
Don’t: Forget About the Defrost Setting
Just like your car, your heat pump comes equipped with a defroster. Tapping into your auxiliary heating can rid itself of frost accumulation, which interferes with its functioning. However, pertinent use of this feature requires you, the homeowner, to watch your heat pump and activate it when necessary.
It’s okay for a little bit of frost to settle onto the unit. After all, it is outdoors in harsh Minnesota weather. However, consider activating the defrost if the coils or envelopes are at risk, especially if the whole unit is covered.
Don’t keep the defroster on all winter long, but make sure to understand how well it can protect your unit in the long term.
Do: Opt for Regular Maintenance
Heat pumps are a unique contender on the HVAC services scene, but they aren’t exempt from maintenance. Any HVAC system, whether it is a traditional air conditioning system or something more advanced and new, needs to be monitored closely with the help of routine maintenance.
Especially with something new like a heat pump, the requirement of HVAC maintenance is even more important. From filter changes to seasonal tune-ups, you’ll need a heat pump specialist to work closely with you to make sure you get the most out of this system.
With routine HVAC maintenance, you need less repair in the long term, experience enhanced safety and dependability from your unit, and preserve its long life.
Don’t: Use the Auto Mode
Your heat pump has an auto mode, and this allows the unit to decide whether to cool or heat a space based on the environment. However, your heat pump doesn’t always, automatically, know what your home needs as far as comfort.
Always use the heat mode or customize your options to ensure that you are keeping your home as warm as it needs to be.
Do: Use Your Heat Pump As Much As Necessary
While it may sound like a no brainer, your home’s heat pump does have breaks. You may turn your heat pump off while you’re away on vacation to save energy while it's not in use. However, it isn’t a good idea to do this for a multitude of reasons.
With high-performance heat pumps, among the most efficient ways to heat your home, there is no need to turn off your heat pump at any point in the winter. Not only does it prevent plumbing problems, such as frozen or burst pipes, but it also helps keep your home more comfortable in the long term.
If you want to save money on your heating bills while you’re away, don’t turn your heat pump off, but instead turn it on a lower setting.
Contact Your Preferred Anoka Heat Pump Company
Take advantage of this affordable, energy-efficient heating method and contact our team of heat pump specialists today! Air Comfort Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. in Anoka at 763-753-6623.