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

January 12, 2018

Did you realize that your heat pump can lose efficiency as time goes on? While unescapable wear and tear over the years will cause some impact on your heat pump’s efficiency, the leading culprit when it comes to heat pumps losing efficiency is lack of maintenance. Making sure to schedule regular heat pump maintenance performed is the best way you can keep your heat pump operating as it should and potentially save some money on your energy costs.

At Comfort Zone Inc, we recommend biannual heat pump maintenance. At every visit, we will inspect your heat pump for any potential problems and recommend repairs if they’re needed. We’ll also confirm your heat pump is clean and make any necessary adjustments. An important part of a clean heat pump is a clean air filter. Even though we will change your air filter during heat pump maintenance, you can help keep your heat pump efficient by seeing if your air filter needs to be replaced throughout the year.

ENERGY STAR® recommends changing your air filter every month. You may need to change it more or less frequently, depending on your filter type, your system and your indoor environment. For example, if you have pets, you may need to change your air filter more often than someone who doesn’t. By checking your filter every month, you’ll start to understand how often you should change it. Air will flow more freely inside your home when you have a clean filter. You’ll see improved air quality in addition to an 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 unnecessary wear and tear on its components.

Another factor that could shrink your heat pump’s efficiency is leaking ductwork. If your ducts have any leaks, holes or poor connections, your system needs to work harder to efficiently deliver air throughout your home. And even though your heat pump will be working overtime, you could still have issues staying comfortable. If you are questioning how well-sealed your ducts are, ask our professionals at Comfort Zone Inc.

Your heating and cooling system is responsible for roughly half your home’s energy usage, so having an efficient furnace is key. At Comfort Zone Inc, we can help ensure your heat pump is operating at peak efficiency. Call us today to schedule your annual heat pump maintenance at 239-214-0411.