Heat pumps are a popular choice for many homeowners in Valdosta, GA, because of their efficiency in heating and cooling. There are some common mistakes people make with their heat pump that you may not know about and should avoid:
Setting Your Heat Pump to Auto
A sometimes overlooked issue is setting your heat pump to auto mode. Turning on the auto setting may lower the efficiency of your heat pump.
When on, it switches your heat pump back and forth between cooling and heating. The problem is that the constant switching leads your system to work harder than needed. If your system works harder than it has to, it leads to unnecessary energy consumption and higher utility bills.
Being in auto mode also leaves a higher possibility that your warm or cold air won’t evenly distribute throughout your home. The air will stop flowing once the thermostat’s target temperature has been reached.
Turning Up Your Thermostat Too High
Turning your thermostat to extreme cold or heat won’t make your home achieve a certain temperature faster. Your heat pump should work at a steady pace and cannot suddenly jump up or down in temperature.
To avoid straining your system, set the thermostat to a reasonable and comfortable temperature. Don’t adjust the temperature too often.
Not Locking Your Windows
It may seem like enough to simply shut your windows. However, leaving even a small gap in your window can affect the temperature in your home. To make sure your windows are as sealed as possible, lock them.
Check your weather stripping and make sure it’s intact. If the stripping is wearing away, you’ll need to invest in caulking or weather stripping to keep outdoor temperatures outside.
Neglecting Your Air Filter
One of the most important components of your heat pump is the air filter. It’s responsible for removing dust and other particles from the air before circulating them through your home. Neglecting to change your air filter regularly prevents the heat pump from operating at maximum efficiency and negatively impacts your indoor air quality.
To avoid this mistake, change your air filter at least once every three months or more frequently if you have cats or dogs. Investing in a high-quality air filter will improve the efficiency of your heat pump and the air quality in your home.
Neglecting to change the air filter is a common mistake homeowners make. Over time, the air filter becomes clogged with dust and debris, which inhibits the airflow to your heat pump. This puts extra strain on your heat pump’s blower motor, which has to work harder to circulate air throughout the home.
The added strain of working too hard can lead to motor burnout or premature failure. If this happens, you’ll need a repair or replacement. A clogged air filter can also cause your heat pump to freeze, resulting in lower efficiency.
Closing Vents in Unused Areas
Even if you’re only spending time in two rooms of your home, you shouldn’t close the air vents in all other rooms. It may seem like a good idea to close vents in rooms not frequently used, but the ductwork is sized to heat and cool your home evenly. If you close vents in unused rooms, it disrupts this balance.
With closed vents, it causes the system to work harder than necessary to maintain a consistent temperature throughout your home. Instead, keep all vents open and allow the system to regulate the temperature throughout your home evenly.
By following these tips and staying proactive with your heat pump maintenance, you can ensure your home remains comfortable and efficient throughout the year. When you need maintenance or repairs for your heat pump, don’t hesitate to reach out to us at Waller Heating & Air Conditioning in Valdosta, GA.
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