Have you ever wondered what exactly your home’s heat pump (assuming you have one) does? As an integral component of a central heating/cooling system, a heat pump utilizes the air outside your home to both heat your home in winter and cool your home in summer. In other words, a heat pump continually moves warm air from one place to another. During the summer, a heat pump transfers the humidity and heat that is inside the home to the outside. During the winter, it does the opposite.
Well, what about a furnace? A furnace burns fuel (i.e., natural gas, propane) to generate heat, whereas a heat pump uses electricity to transfer heat between outside/inside and vice versa. As such, heat pumps are energy-efficient for both summer cooling and winter heating.
As a homeowner, what can I do to maintain my heat pump and save on energy costs? Here are some recommendations from Trane:
- During the heating season, don’t set the thermostat below 65 degrees.
- In the cooling season, don’t set the thermostat below 70 degrees.
- Check the heat pump for snow or ice build-up during the winter.
- Heat pumps should be elevated 4 to 8 inches above the ground to allow for proper drainage.
- Clean or change your filters once a month, or as needed.
- Remove foliage from around the outdoor unit and keep shrubs at least 18 inches away from the heat pump on all sides.
Whatever your comfort needs, Goettl’s High Desert Mechanical can help. Our highly trained technicians specialize in:
- Heat pump repair and replacement
- New installation and replacement of furnaces and air handlers
- We recommend and use products from Lennox, Trane, and Bosch
Call today (before the weather turns cold). We make your comfort a top priority!
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