In good weather and bad, you rely on your heat pump to keep your home or business at a comfortable temperature. If you treat your heat pump right, your heating system will return the favor, running more efficiently, lowering your overall comfort costs and keeping your home, your business and your family happy.
Whether you are in the midst of a long hot summer or suffering through another cold winter, you need to make sure your heat pumps are working at peak efficiency. If your heating system is not working to its fullest efficiency, you could find yourself on the receiving end of some very high utility bills.
If you want to keep your heat pumps happy and running at peak efficiency, you need to get them ready now. Here is your HVAC checklist for keeping your residential and commercial heat pumps happy and running smoothly.
Check the filters
The filters are the heart of your heat pump, and a clogged or dirt filter could destroy the efficiency of your entire heating system. If the filters are dirty, try cleaning them first. If that does not do the trick, it is time to replace those clogged filters with new ones.
Check your thermostat
A faulty thermostat could cause your heat pumps to run at the wrong time, or to stop running altogether. If you have noticed a spike in your heating bills or other problems, it may be time to check the thermostat and replace it if necessary.
Look for cracked and broken ductwork
The ductwork is an essential part of your heating system, and cracks or breaks in the ducts could harm your heat pump and allow dust and dirt to enter the system. So grab your flashlight and check your ductwork – your heat pumps will thank you.
Have your heating system inspected
If you have not already done so, now is the perfect time to schedule an annual heating system inspection. A good HVAC contractor will be able to spot problems early, when they are easier and cheaper to fix.
Use your ears
You can learn a lot about the efficiency of your heat pumps just by opening up your ears. Listen to the heat pump as it does its thing, and be attuned to rattles and other unusual noises. A heat pump that comes on and off often could indicate a clogged filter, while unusual rattles could signal problems with the interior components. If you notice any of these problems, you should contact your HVAC technician for service right away.
Your heat pumps do a lot of work, and they need the right care to stay running at peak efficiency. Knowing what to look for, and what to include on your HVAC checklist, is the best way to keep your heat pumps, and your entire heating system, running at peak efficiency.