Chilly weather is now upon us, which means local households are relying on heat pumps for consistent heating. Getting the most out of them means knowing how to use them effectively, which is why ACS Air Conditioning Systems is here to share ways to optimize heat pump performance during this time of year.
Set and Forget: The Efficiency of Consistent Temperatures
Heat pumps are most efficient when they provide steady temperature. Constantly adjusting the thermostat can cause them to work harder, which can lead to increased energy consumption. Instead, set your heat pump at a comfortable temperature and avoid making frequent changes. This “set and forget” approach is not only more efficient but also avoids the strain of turning it up sharply, which is particularly taxing when the system includes auxiliary or emergency heating.
Keep the Outdoor Unit Clear
Like the ductless air conditioner, the heat pump has an outdoor unit that must be clear of debris and other obstructions to ensure optimal performance. If there are shrubs or other greenery nearby, it’s prudent to have them trimmed. Keeping the area around the heat pump’s outdoor area clean allows for proper airflow and prevents the system from overworking due to blockages.
Use Correct Mode Settings
In winter, selecting the right mode on your heat pump is essential. Avoid setting your system to “Auto” mode, which can cause it to alternate between heating and cooling unnecessarily. Instead, using the “Heat” mode ensures that the system is dedicated to warming your home during the cooler days.
Maintaining Constant Indoor Airflow
Ensure that airflow is not obstructed by furniture or curtains, and direct the airflow towards the center of the room for maximum reach. Make sure to adjust the airflow direction to find the most comfortable setting in your space.
Clean Filters Matter
As with other HVAC systems, it’s beneficial for a heat pump to have a clean filter to allow for unobstructed airflow and ensure the system’s optimal performance. Vacuum or rinse the dust filters of your heat pump whenever they become visibly dirty or when the indicator light turns on. This simple step can prevent efficiency losses and extend the lifespan of your system.
Professional Cleaning and Maintenance
Manufacturers often recommend seasonal check-ups to ensure the heat pump is running efficiently. This can prevent sudden breakdowns and costly repairs during times when you need heating the most.
The Right Mindset for Auxiliary Heat
Understand the purpose of your heat pump’s auxiliary heat. It’s designed for extreme weather conditions and should not be used regularly. Overuse of this setting can result in higher energy consumption and increased bills.
For top-notch HVAC services this winter and beyond, turn to the team at ACS Air Conditioning Systems. Our ACS air conditioning services ensure consistency in terms of your heat pump’s performance, limiting frequent repairs and keeping the system in good condition through regular checks. Give us a call at (925) 676-2103, or fill out our contact page to learn more.