Everything You Should Know About a Heat Pump
Heat pumps are a common presence in many homes and they can be used as either heating or cooling systems. They are a great alternative to traditional air conditioning and heating units, as they offer good results in an extensive temperature interval; however, they may not work well in an environment with an extreme temperature interval.
Below is a list of the most important tips regarding properly operating your heat pump. These tips, along with regular maintenance, will keep your heat pump operating longer.
The principle behind heat pumps is quite simple. They absorb the heat from one area and release it into another area. When the heat pump is programmed in air conditioning mode, it absorbs the hot air in the house and releases it outside; while in heating mode, it transfers the heat from the outdoors back into the house.
This process is at optimal levels if the outside temperature varies between 40 and 95 degrees Fahrenheit. If the outside temperature is outside this interval, the system faces difficulties to comply with the demands and it offers lower results. Also, in time, especially due to poor maintenance, your system’s temperature interval will decrease and as a consequence, it will offer less impressive results.
The first principle behind good results is to use a heat pump that has been designed to service the surface of your house. A bigger system is not necessarily better, as every heat pump needs to run for a certain amount of time to properly remove the heat/warmth in the air, to properly warm its circuits, and offer proper energy consumption.
The second principle is to know your average temperature levels. A heat pump will not provide good results outside the 40-95 Fahrenheit degrees interval. This does not mean that you cannot use a heat pump as heating sources if the temperature is below 40 degrees Fahrenheit. In this case, the system comes with additional heating elements that are similar to those of a toaster, which can then provide additional hot air.
Operating a heat pump is quite simple and it is quite similar to operating an HVAC system. For proper results we recommend that you set your thermostat to 78 degrees Fahrenheit in the summer and 68 degrees Fahrenheit in winter; these settings will provide comfortable temperature levels with good power consumption levels.
Proper maintenance of heat pumps is also easy to achieve. The first item on the agenda is filters. The filters need to be replaced on a regular basis, just like with any other heating or air conditioning system. If you choose to use disposable filters, we recommend that you use more affordable pleated type media, as they can help with dust, dirt, and pollen. It’s also recommended to wash the fins on the condenser present on the outside unit with the use of a simple garden hose occasionally.
And last, but not least, perform a specialized maintenance check once a year to ensure that your system runs at optimal parameters. Climate Control Experts’ technicians can run twice yearly checks, tune-up your unit, and make sure everything is in proper working order for the season.