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An Owner’s Guide to Heat Pump Best Practices

Heat pumps are one of the newer solutions on the HVAC market, but they’ve already become a common choice for houses and apartments of all sizes. As their popularity grows, so does the need for basic and practical information about ownership. Anyone with a heat pump should at least know enough to recognize problems and conduct basic maintenance so that they can operate the unit safely and efficiently.

Make a Maintenance Plan

Whether it’s marking the calendar in advance, leaving sticky notes for yourself in strategic locations, or some other way to remind yourself, you should find a way to make maintenance happen. Any kind of serious or technical maintenance is best left to a professional, but there are a few things you can take care of on your own.

The most common essential maintenance requirement is the air filter. Filter changes should happen on schedule according to the manufacturer’s instructions and general usage rate. More active units and those moving contaminant-laden air, like dust or pollen, need filter changes more often.

Keep Units Clean and Clear

Heat pumps have two distinct units: an indoor “head” and an outdoor unit. Both of these units should be unobstructed with as much free space around them as possible to encourage good airflow. You also need to make sure there’s no loose debris nearby that might get stuck in the unit, including strings attached to blinds or curtains and foliage near the outdoor unit.

Cleaning off the outdoor unit is an important part of heat pump upkeep. Dead leaves during the fall months and snow accumulation during winter are common threats. Be sure to wipe these things off the outdoor unit without using a tool or scraper, as these can damage the unit.

Avoid Overworking Your Heat Pump

Heat pumps are praised for their efficiency and low energy profile, but this can create a false sense of security about overworking the unit. If the heat pump has to keep running round the clock to condition a living space, then it’s a sign that something’s wrong with the unit or it’s not the right size for the zone in question. A heat pump that’s too big or small for a space can start costing you when it comes time to pay your utility bills.

Find Smart and Professional Heat Pump Service

Whether you just need some annual maintenance or are considering getting an entirely new system, be sure to work with the professionals. Our team is fully prepared to handle heat pump repairs, installation, and maintenance. If you have questions about heat pumps or want to schedule an appointment for your home in Port Saint Lucie, FL, reach out to the team at Air Temp Air Conditioning, Inc. today.

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