In climates with modest cooling and heating needs, such as the one in Columbus, Georgia, heat pumps offer residents an energy-efficient alternative to traditional HVAC systems like air conditioners and furnaces. Much like the refrigerator, heat pumps utilize electricity to transfer hot air from a cool room into a warm room, making the cool room cooler and the warm room warmer.
During the winter, heat pumps transfer heat into your home. During the summer, heat pumps transfer heat out of your home. Since heat pumps transfer heat instead of generate it, they can provide an equal amount of space conditioning as the traditional alternatives usually at a fraction of the cost.
When you factor in that the difference of energy consumption between a well-maintained heat pump and a neglected one ranges from 10 to 25 percent, it’s important that you take care of your heat pump so it takes care of you.
Follow These Operational Tips to Take Care of Your Heat Pump
Here are two things you can do to take care of your HVAC system.
- Avoid setting the heat pump’s thermostat manually if it results in your backup heating system to turn on, as this will lead to higher operational costs.
- Clean or change the filter at least once a month, especially during the hottest and coldest months of the year when your system is operating the most.
Invest in Proper Maintenance to Take Care of Your Heat Pump
To ensure efficient and safe operation, you should have your heat pump serviced by an HVAC technician at least once a year. Since heat pump or furnace maintenance can be do-it-yourself dangerous, leave these tasks to a professional.
A certified HVAC technician will:
- Inspect the ducts, blower and filter for dirt and other obstructions.
- Diagnose any duct leaks and seal them properly.
- Measure the airflow and verify that it’s adequate.
- Check for any refrigerant leaks and verify the correct charge.
- Ensure electrical terminals are clean, tight and safely secure.
- Lubricate moving parts, inspect the thermostat for proper operation and more more.
If you’re in need of a heat pump or furnace repair, or if you’re thinking about purchasing a heat pump as a cost-effective alternative to traditional HVAC systems, call us today at 706-561-6718 or read about the cool features that the newest heat pumps come with.