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5 Ways to Improve Your Heat Pump’s Performance

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Heat pumps are one of the most efficient heating systems on the market. However, like any piece of HVAC equipment, heat pumps require the proper maintenance and upkeep to operate at peak performance. 

At ACS, we offer top-quality heating services and exclusive industry insight to help improve your heating system’s performance. When it comes to heat pumps, our experienced HVAC specialists offer a full range of services, from installation to routine maintenance, that will play a critical role in your heat pump’s upkeep. But before you call in the professionals, we’ve provided a list of tips to maintain your heat pump’s efficiency year-round. 

Keep Your Heat Pump System Running

Despite their name, heat pumps don’t solely function as heating systems. Heat pumps are both heating systems and cooling systems, as they can insert and extract heat from inside your home. Because of their unique nature, heat pumps eliminate the need for two separate heating and cooling systems and can be used year-round. Keeping your heat pump system running throughout the cool and warm seasons will save you energy costs from switching back and forth between different heating and cooling systems. Heat pumps are suited to operate consistently, and keeping your system running will steadily increase your heat pump’s efficiency. 

Don’t Mess With Your Thermostat

Heat pumps work at optimal performance when holding a consistent, steady temperature. Even when temperatures become extreme, avoid significantly increasing or decreasing the temperature and keep your thermostat in one comfortable setting. Sudden upward or downward adjustments can cause costly and unnecessary energy usage, as your heat pump has to work harder to return to a desired temperature than it does to maintain it. Although it makes sense, in theory, to turn your heat pump down when you’re asleep or away, you’ll save more money and increase your unit’s efficiency if you keep it running at one consistent temperature. 

Clean Your Outdoor Unit

Heat pumps consist of indoor and outdoor components, and both should be consistently monitored. However, because the outdoor unit is especially susceptible to dirt, debris, and damage, it should take priority. As a home or business owner, you’ll want to periodically monitor your exterior heat pump component to prevent any dirt buildup or animal obstruction that could hinder its heating performance. Neglecting to clean your outdoor unit could result in significant system errors that could eventually require a unit replacement.

Replace Your Air Filters

Air filters are vital components to any HVAC component’s performance, but they especially make a difference with heat pumps. If you are running your heat pump year-round, you must regularly change your air filters to maintain peak performance and general indoor air quality. A good rule of thumb is to clean and replace your heat pump’s air filter every three months. And if someone in your household suffers from allergies, asthma, or respiratory illnesses, you may want to replace your air filter even more frequently. 

Schedule Routine Maintenance

Although heat pumps are generally self-sufficient and can maintain energy efficiency well, they can always benefit from a visit from your local HVAC specialist. By scheduling regular professional cleaning and maintenance for your heat pump, you can avoid unexpected system breakdowns and enjoy consistent optimal heating and cooling. At ACS, our team specializes in ground-source heat pumps and air-source heat pumps and offers an extensive range of heat pump services all year round.

Heating and Cooling with ACS

At ACS, we are committed to helping you get the most out of your heating and cooling systems. Whether it’s repairs, replacement, installation, or routine maintenance, no heating job is too big or too small for our team of certified HVAC technicians. If you’re looking for a heat pump replacement or repair, connect with our team today for premium HVAC maintenance in Covington, Milledgeville, and surrounding areas.