There’s no doubt that to keep your heating and cooling systems effectively functioning every year, you need to operate them intelligently and maintain to help it work in an efficient way. In fact according to a recent report, heating and cooling system accounts to about 40 percent of overall energy bills of a home. This way it’s important to work on gaining efficiency on both cooling and heating systems for good savings over a period of time.
Among other systems used at homes, heating pumps are most commonly used by consumers. Let’s read in detail about features that can help in improved efficiency of heating pumps.
If you are looking to improve efficiency of heating pumps then your first focus has to be its thermostat settings. Heat pumps functional concept is simply based onto removal of heat from air, ground, and water source. As quoted in an article Heat Pump Tips for Efficiency, “When air-sourced heat pumps—the most common variety—must deal with very low outside temperatures, they resort to a back-up heat system. The back-up relies on electric heated coils and it gets very expensive very quickly. Adjusting your heat pump’s thermostat by more than a degree or two at a time could cause it to catch up by using the back-up heat system when it really doesn’t need to.”
You should actually try to avoid electric coils by simply adjusting thermostat to an increased unit which will allow time to catch up through a smooth process.
All types of heat pumps depend on constant air flow to deliver cooling and heating. And to increase efficiency of the machines, you are required to conduct a regular check. You should ensure all ducts of leakages, kinks. You shouldn’t close over two interior registers at a time. This practice simply results in restriction of air flow which doesn’t allow you to get the benefit of the purpose mainly served by heating pumps. Following this practice, heat pumps fail to push air. Not to mention that from outside, you must ensure no overgrowth of anything that may obstruct air intake by the system. Filter clogging is common scenario that can be experienced anywhere. While weeding out trashes from the heat pumps, you should also check filter and clean if necessary.
Apart from what you can personally do to take care of heat pumps for an improved efficiency; you shouldn’t forget that The U.S. Department of Energy suggests yearly tune-ups for heat pumps. However, there are many dealers who wouldn’t mind suggesting once every other year is enough. Regular servicing once in a year will get you a technician who will inspect all the ducts and filters, check refrigerant and air flow. All electrical connections will also be checked.
With the following tips, you will have heating pumps improved with greater efficiency and long term savings.