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Heat pump tips: usage, maintenance and cleaning

By following certain heat pump tips, you can keep your heat pump running at its best and further reduce your energy bills.

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Heat pump tips. Shown here is a Lennox heat pump.Heat pumps are an energy-efficient alternative to an HVAC system. Many people who own a heat pump do not know the proper methods for caring for their systems. By following certain heat pump tips, you can keep your heat pump running at its best and further reduce your energy bills.

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It's important to understand how a heat pump system works. A heat pump takes air from a cool room or outdoors and moves it to a warm space or vice versa. As a result, warm rooms get cooler while cool rooms get warmer.

If you don't own a heat pump, but are considering getting an installation estimate from a contractor, know that the initial cost to install a heat pump may be more expensive than many other systems. But your annual savings will allow the heat pump air conditioner to pay for itself quickly.

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, a geothermal heat pump can reduce energy costs up to 60 percent. They are reliable, control humidity well, and are a perfect option for those who live in temperate climates.

The biggest issue is deciding whether heat pump air conditioning is right for you. If you live in a climate in which winter temperatures frequently go below 40 degrees Fahrenheit, you will need to purchase some means of heating your home.

If you live in the South, where temperatures stay warm year round, an energy-efficient AC unit would be your best choice.

Here are some heat pump tips to take advantage of the system's energy efficiency:

    • Do not turn your heat pump thermostat back until the electric-resistance heating comes on. This setting is very expensive to maintain and should only be used as a backup heating source.
    • Use only a multistage function thermostat made specifically for a heat pump.
    • Clean your filters or change them at least once a month to allow for better airflow.

Although it's usually best to hire a contractor to come and provide you with maintenance in order to keep your home cooling warranty, you can do a few simple things to keep the system clean on your own.

Like an air conditioner, a heat pump has coils. In many cases, these can be accessed from inside the home. Spray a foaming cleaner that is designed for AC units or heat pumps directly on to the coils. Allow it to stand until the foam disappears, and rinse it with a low-pressure hose.

You can also listen for any unusual noises and check for leaks.

By following these heat pump tips, you can save money and keep your system running smoothly year round. Locate an experienced heat pump contractor who can provide you with maintenance or install a new unit in your home.

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