Were you aware that your heat pump can lose efficiency as time goes on? While unescapable wear and tear during the years will impact your heat pump’s efficiency, the most popular culprit when it comes to heat pumps losing efficiency is lack of maintenance. Taking the time to arrange regular heat pump maintenance is the number one way you can keep your heat pump operating as it should and possibly save some money on your energy costs.

At Pepper AC & Heat, we recommend biannual heat pump maintenance. Each time, we will assess your heat pump for any possible problems and recommend repairs if they’re needed. We’ll also make sure your heat pump is clean and make any necessary adjustments. A key part of a clean heat pump is a clean air filter. Even though we will change your air filter during heat pump maintenance, you can help keep your heat pump efficient by seeing if your air filter needs to be replaced throughout the year.

ENERGY STAR® recommends changing your air filter every month. You may need to change it more or less frequently, depending on your filter type, your system and your home’s environment. For example, if you have pets, you may want to change your air filter more regularly than someone who doesn’t. By checking your filter every month, you’ll start to understand how often you should replace it with a new one. Air will flow more freely through your home when you have a clean filter. You’ll notice improved air quality in addition to a positive increase in heat pump efficiency. You could also improve the life expectancy of your heat pump by keeping its filter clean. That’s because your heat pump is forced to work harder when you have a dirty air filter and that puts preventable wear and tear on its components.

Another thing that could shrink your heat pump’s efficiency is leaking ductwork. If your ducts have any leaks, holes or poor connections, your system needs to work harder to efficiently deliver air throughout your home. And even though your heat pump will be working overtime, you still may not be as comfortable as you expect to be. If you are wondering how well-sealed your ducts are, ask our experts at Pepper AC & Heat.

Your heating and cooling system is responsible for roughly half your home’s energy usage, so having an efficient furnace is important. At Pepper AC & Heat, we can help confirm your heat pump is operating at peak efficiency. Call us today to book your annual heat pump maintenance at 940-202-1184.