Heating and cooling a home is often one of the greatest expenses related to homeownership. For this reason, it’s a good idea to make sure that your heat pump is performing as it should. If you want to get high efficiency and low-cost usage, there are three things you should do.
- Increase the airflow. If your heat pump is going to operate efficiently, the air has to flow through the system properly. Anything obstructing the grills on the return air ducts will reduce the airflow. This could include furniture, pictures or hangings on the wall, so look for these and move them if necessary. Also, make sure that the return air ducts are large enough to not act as bottlenecks in the system and have a professional schedule a maintenance check-up in which he cleans the evaporator coil. Finally, if your air handling fan is not pumping enough air through the system, have a better one installed.
- Check for leaky ducts. A leaking ductwork system can greatly reduce the efficiency of your heat pump. The government estimates that the average home loses 20 percent of its conditioned air through leaks. Locate leaks and repair them with mastic or foil tape.
- Have your refrigerant pressure charged correctly. If your heat pump is going to function properly, it has to be charged with the correct amount of refrigerant. Either too much or too little refrigerant will cause the equipment to operate inefficiently. As a part of the regular maintenance visit performed by your HVAC company, have them check the pressure in your system and top it off if necessary
If you properly maintain your heat pump, you can greatly increase its efficiency and performance. If you have any further questions on this topic, please contact Stack Heating & Cooling.We proudly serve northeastern Ohio, and our trained staff will be happy to help you.
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