When the leaves start to change during the fall season, it is a great time to prepare your heat pump for winter with the cold weather almost here. Here are our top tips in heat pump weather protection:
Check your filter. Your filter is the health of your whole system. Imagine your heating and air conditioning system as the lungs of your home constantly taking air in and blowing it out of your home to keep your air clean and comfortable as well as control the humidity of your home. The filter is the most important part of that system to you, as a homeowner, to maintain. Check the MERV rating of your filter for information on how often it should be replaced.
Maintenance. Schedule an annual maintenance. This can prevent breakdowns, especially during cold spells, double the lifespan of your system, and keep your system running at full capacity and efficiency.
Remove obstructions. Leave room for airflow by removing obstructions. Clear away debris such as leaves, branches, etc. within two feet of your condenser in order for it to run most efficiently and make sure furniture isn’t blocking air vents inside your home.
Set program on thermostat and replace Thermostat batteries. Did you know that you can save money and energy during the cold months by programming your thermostat to be a lower temperature when you are gone during the day and/or when you are sleeping? 68 degrees is a generally recommended temperature to have programmed during these times. Also, remember to replace your Thermostat batteries to prevent overheating.
Duct Cleaning and repair. Consider having your ducts cleaned to improve air quality and prevent system breakdown. If you have a ductless system, it is still important to check your filter, schedule a maintenance and remove obstructions as well.
Following these heat pump weather protection tips will best prepare you before the first cold front hits. You will be being enjoying the warmth and comfort of your home that a well maintained system provides.