With winters in Plano, TX rarely dipping below freezing, heating and cooling your home with a heat pump often makes more sense than using both an air conditioner and a furnace. Knowing how to help your system run efficiently is the best way to prevent a sudden uptick in energy bills come summer, a period of heavy usage for your heat pump. In this article, we teach you a few tips and tricks that will help you get the most out of your heat pump during the upcoming hot period.
1. Check Heat Pump Filters Often
Since your HVAC system works hard to cool your home, it’s in use much of the year. This constant use means excess dirt and debris becomes trapped in the filter. Check the filter once monthly during the summer and change it if needed, especially if you live in a home with long-haired pets.
2. Regularly Check the Outdoor Unit
It’s important that the outdoor component of your heat pump isn’t obstructed by plants or other materials. Keep tree branches clipped so they don’t scrape the unit and trim bushes so there are at least two feet of clearance around the area.
The coils need cleaning as well, at least once per season. Your technician will clean the coils during regular maintenance visits, so make sure you schedule them at least twice a year. Once before the cooling season and once before the heating season.
3. Use a Smart Thermostat
Smart Home technology is booming, and smart thermostats have become the norm. A smart thermostat automates the process of heating and cooling your home and is a great way to keep your heat pump running efficiently while adding some convenience to your life.
Other than the tips listed above, what makes the most difference are tune-ups every six months. A seasonal maintenance plan ensures your heat pump is running well and as efficiently as possible. If you’re ready to schedule your maintenance appointment, give us a call at Samm’s Heating and Air Conditioning today, and we’ll be glad to help you!