How To Operate Your Heat Pump To Lower Energy Costs

How To Operate Your Heat Pump To Lower Energy CostsOne of the biggest expenses involved in home ownership is cooling and heating your home. This is why you’ll want to ensure that when you operate your heat pump, it’s working at maximum efficiency year-round. There are three important things you can do when you operate your heat pump to lower your energy costs.

Airflow

It’s vital that your heat pump have adequate airflow. There are several things that you have to consider to ensure this:

  • Duct size: Ensure that the return air ducts are sufficiently large to allow the airflow you need.
  • Obstructions: Avoid allowing anything, such as furniture or pictures on the wall, to block the airflow to the return air ducts.
  • Professional assistance: Ask a professional to increase the speed of the air handling fan, expand the size of the ducts and clean the evaporator coil, if necessary.

Leaky ducts

If your ductwork system is leaky, you are losing airflow and money as you operate your heat pump. The average home loses as much as 20 percent of its conditioned air through leaky ducts.

  • Locating links: While you can sometimes find leaks in your ductwork yourself, it’s often better to leave this to a professional since ductwork can travel through difficult-to-access areas such as crawlspaces.
  • Repairing leaks: Do not use duct tape to repair duct leaks since it will quickly detach. Instead, use mastic sealant or metal tape.

Refrigerant charge

An important part of heat pump efficiency is the proper amount of refrigerant. Too much or too little refrigerant pressure can result in higher energy costs and poor system performance.

  • Regular maintenance: Schedule regular maintenance with your local company to check your refrigerant charge and to confirm that there are no leaks.
  • Confirm pressure: Confirm with your technician that he has charged the unit to the pressure level recommended for it.

To operate your heat pump efficiently, there are a number of things you need to do. If you have any questions, please contact us at Geisel Heating, Air Conditioning and Plumbing. We serve the Greater Cleveland area, and our experienced professionals will be happy to help.

Our goal is to help educate our customers about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).  For more information about operating your heat pump and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.

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