ENERGY STAR® has found that heat pumps are one of the most energy-efficient HVAC systems on the market. The efficiency and capacity of your heat pump depend on sufficient airflow. For every ton of a heat pump’s air conditioning capacity, there should be between 400 and 500 cfm (cubic feet per minute) of airflow. However, performance and efficacy will deteriorate if the airflow is less. Factors such as debris, snow, and a sluggish fan can all interfere with your system’s capacity.
Additionally, studies conducted by ENERGY STAR show that 50% of all heat pumps have significant problems with leaky air ducts and refrigerant pressure. Issues like these can amplify your system’s power use or even negate its effects entirely. These factors influence the performance of the whole heat pump system, forcing it to use more energy and work harder. If your energy bills are soaring, a few minor tweaks can yield excellent savings.
How To Amplify Your Heat Pump’s Efficacy and Reduce Energy Usage
With the help of your friendly HVAC technician, you can adjust your heat pump and achieve its full potential. This will include:
- Making sure your refrigerant levels are correct and replenish them where necessary
- Performing repairs to fix refrigerant leaks
- Making sure your fan and airflow speeds are where they need to be. In some cases, this will be as simple as raising your airspeed and cleaning your evaporator coil. However, if your energy bills are skyrocketing because your heat pump is not performing as it should, we may suggest having your ductwork enlarged. This investment might seem drastic, but it will pay for itself through many years of energy efficiency.
Things You Can Do To Improve Your Heat Pump’s Efficiency
An efficient heat pump uses up to 25% less power than an inefficient one, so some maintenance will go a long way. If you take good care of your heat pump, you can prevent it from overextending itself, which, in turn, would raise your utility bills and shorten your system’s life span. Routine maintenance will maintain airflow and keep your indoor air clear.
- Keep debris, furniture, and snow away from your system. Never cover your heat pump or place objects near the vents.
- Clean your air intake zones often. This will work best if you unscrew your vents, then use a heavy-duty vacuum cleaner to remove dust and dander.
- Change your filters every month.
How Acosta Can Help
Acosta Heating, Cooling & Electrical has worked with heat pumps for over four decades. Our certified technicians can perform regular maintenance that keeps your heat pump in perfect condition. Our Peace of Mind Guarantee assures you of absolute satisfaction. With Acosta by your side, your heat pump will experience fewer disruptions and a better economy throughout summer and winter. We’ll keep your SEER rating where it belongs.