As the Port St. Lucie temperature gets cooler, your heat pump typically has to pick up the pace to keep your household cozy. While it will unavoidably run the longest during colder months, there are some things you can do to avoid excess strain on your heat pump that might result in a heat pump repair.
Is Your Filter Dirty?
Ah, the golden rule of heat pump ownership: assess your air filter often and keep it clean. We can’t say it enough. This is a very simple way to keep your heat pump running as it should and help prevent heat pump repair. When your air filter is dirty and clogged, it becomes more difficult for air to pass through and causes your heat pump to work a lot harder than it needs to. All this extra work can mean a breakdown. If you have Custom Air Systems Inc perform ongoing annual maintenance on your heat pump, we’ll check your air filter and exchange it if needed. It’s a good idea to set a reminder for yourself to check your filter monthly and change it again when you start to see dirt building up.
Are Your Vents Clear and Open?
If your vents are dirty or blocked, or even just closed, your heat pump is going to run harder than it needs to. Keep furniture and curtains from blocking your vents to permit the warm air to flow through your home and reduce the load on your heat pump. If you feel the airflow still isn’t as strong as it should be, or you see dirt collecting on your vent covers, have your ductwork inspected. Leaks may need to be sealed, or it just might benefit from a good cleaning.
If you find that the ducts are clear, but your heat pump still isn’t keeping up, give Custom Air Systems Inc a call before you flip the emergency heat switch. We may be able to help you find a better way to heat your home.
Are You Using a Programmable Thermostat?
A programmable thermostat can help prevent your heat pump from running when it isn’t necessary. Without a programmable thermostat, your heat pump will heat your space during times when it’s not necessary—like when the house is empty or away on vacation. A programmable thermostat allows you to modify your heating schedule around your schedule and heat your home at specific times—which will help you save money on your energy bill and reduce the strain on your heat pump and help prevent a heat pump repair.
If you could benefit from more information on reducing the strain on your heat pump and preventing heat pump repair, give Custom Air Systems Inc a call at 772-247-2283 and we will be happy to help.