We’ve foretold its coming for some time now. You knew in your heart it would come for you. It came last year, did it not? Winter is upon us, Hoosiers. While winter won’t officially begin until 4:23 PM on Friday, December 21, those of us in Central Indiana know that date is arbitrary. Hoosiers know that winter comes for us early.
This makes knowing how to properly maintain your heat pump importantly. With these four DIY heat pump maintenance tips from Central Indiana’s most trusted heating and cooling company – Complete Comfort – you’ll be able to heat your home this winter while saving money.
We’re often asked, “What exactly is a heat pump?” A heat pump is a mechanical-compression refrigeration system. It’s a little like your air conditioner in that it uses a compressor to circulate refrigerant that absorbs and releases heat between indoor and outdoor units. Rather than generating heat, heat pumps transfer heat – which makes them energy efficient.
Keep a Close Eye on the Thermostat.
This is an essential step toward saving you money this winter. Wild swings in your thermostat setting can result in a higher energy bill and waste more money than you’d think. During winter, the ideal temperature for your thermostat is 68 degrees during the day and 66 degrees at night.
Wash and Clean the Unit.
It’s important to remove dirt and debris near the heat pump in order for it to run efficiently this winter. Wash the base and sides of the unit with a water hose to make sure the heat pump can breathe unobstructed. You will also need to clear the unit of any ice or snow during the winter months. This is critical if your heat pump sits under the eve of the home, where snowmelt can easily accumulate.
Check and Clean the Filters.
You will find the filter inside the indoor unit of your heat pump. You will need to check and clean the filters every month to make sure the pump continues to filter dust, debris, and other contaminates from the air. This should be considered part of your overall HVAC monthly maintenance.
Make Sure Registers Remain Open.
It’s absolutely critical that your registers remain open for your heat pump to function correctly. You should never close more than 10 percent for your registers at a time. It’s also important to make sure that the outside unit is free from anything that could be restricting its airflow. You want to trim any shrubs or trees that are restricting airflow and remove any objects near the unit.
Restart the Unit Correctly.
If you experience a power outage, you’ll need to make sure and follow the restart procedures correctly to avoid damage to your unit. If the power goes out, set your heat pump to emergency heat. Keep your heat pump on emergency heat for an hour after power has been restored. This is crucial, as any refrigerant that has cooled down will need to be warmed back up before you restart the unit.
While these DIY heat pump maintenance tips should help your unit run more efficiently this winter, the best way to keep your heat pump in optimal condition is to schedule regular maintenance checkups. Investing in routine checks could also save you from expensive repair. Our highly trained experts can solve any problem and spot signs of larger issues to come and prevent them from ever occurring. Complete Comfort is Central Indiana’s most trusted heating system provider, and we’re confident you’ll understand why when you meet us. Call us at (317) 671-7552 to schedule your appointment today!