Heat Pump Dos and Don’ts
Heat pumps are a heating and cooling craze that is 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 that “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 way and a wrong way to use these systems, just like there is with a furnace or air conditioning system. Air Comfort Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc., is here with a few do’s and don’ts when it comes to getting the most out of your heat pump.
Do: Take Things Gradually
It’s super 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. Sudden extreme changes won’t hurt the system, by any means; they’ll simply trigger your “backup,” or auxiliary heat.
Sometimes, a heat pump on its own isn’t enough to get your home’s air temperatures where they need to be, and that’s why they come 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 if you can 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. By tapping into your auxiliary heating, it can rid itself of frost accumulation which interferes with its functioning. However, pertinent use of this feature requires that you, the homeowner, watch your heat pump and activate it when necessary.
It’s okay for a little bit of frost to settle onto the unit; it is outdoors, after all. Consider activating the defrost if the coils or envelopes are at risk—and especially if the whole unit is covered.
Do: Opt for Regular Maintenance
Though heat pumps are a unique contender on the HVAC services scene, they aren’t exempt from needing maintenance—which is a requirement for any HVAC system. From filter changes to seasonal tune-ups, you’ll need a heat pump specialist to work in close tandem with you to make sure you get the most out of this system.
Air Comfort Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc.: Your Preferred Anoka Heat Pump Company
Take advantage of this affordable, energy-efficient heating method and contact our team of heat pump specialists today! Reach our Anoka office at 763-753-6623.