A heat pump is a great piece of equipment to have serving your home. With the ability to boost both heating and cooling efforts, you might find yourself using your heat pump nearly every month out of the year. This will make your home a more comfortable place to live, but the energy costs can add up if you lean on this unit day after day. Below are our heat pump energy saving tips.
With this post, we’d like to offer five tips on how you can save some energy while still getting excellent performance from your heat pump. Of course, if you need to have a heat pump installed at your home, or if you need maintenance or repair work, feel free to reach out to Walker Air • Plumbing • Electric today for assistance. We are excited to serve you!
#1 – Keep It Steady
One of the best things you can do to cut down on how much energy you use with a heat pump is to maintain a steady temperature in your home throughout the winter. While it might seem like it would save energy to shut the system off for a while when you don’t need it, that can actually be counterproductive – the energy that it takes to warm the space all the way back up will likely be more than what would have been needed to just hold it steady. So, try picking a comfortable temperature that works for your family and keep the system set there throughout the cold part of the year.
#2 – Don’t Switch Between Heat and Cool Modes
This is an easy mistake to make if you aren’t paying careful attention to how your heat pump is working. Since this type of unit can offer both heating and cooling, you’ll want to make sure it will avoid slipping into the wrong mode for the current season. The best practice on this point is to leave your unit set in either “Heat” or “Cool” mode, depending on whether it is summer or winter outside. Avoid “Auto” mode, as this will allow the unit to pick between the two as it sees fit, and this can lead to wasted energy.
Here’s an example to explain how this can work. Imagine it is late spring or early summer in the Dallas area. High temperatures for the coming days are forecast in the 70s and low 80s, so you might use the cooling power of your system during the warmest part of the day. However, at night, clear skies allow the temperatures to drop quickly, so early morning lows will be rather chilly. If your system is set to “Auto” mode, the temperatures might be such that it will turn on the heating in the morning and then switch to cooling in the afternoon. So, you would spend money on energy to warm your house up only to cool it back off. This is a waste. Go with “Cool” mode throughout the summer, and “Warm” mode throughout the winter, to avoid cycling back and forth and using more energy than is needed.
#3 – Care for the Outdoor Unit
Your outdoor heat pump unit is designed to deal with the elements, but that doesn’t mean you can simply ignore it and assume it will stay in good condition. Some of the simple things you can do for the unit are to remove any debris, like leaves or branches, that fall on it, and don’t allow grass or weeds to grow up high in the nearby area. You want to make sure the unit can receive proper airflow as it runs, so keep the surrounding space clear and let it breathe.
#4 – Watch the Fan Setting
For the fan setting on your heat pump, think about setting that to “Auto” so the system can determine how the fan needs to run to properly warm or cool your space. This time, the “Auto” setting is likely to make better choices than you could by trying to control the fan manually, so it’s okay to turn this part of the process over to the system to manage.
#5 – Change Air Filters
Finally, we get back to a point that comes up so often in these kinds of discussions – changing your air filters. Keeping your air filters fresh throughout the year is going to help your system get the steady flow of air it needs to operate at peak efficiency. On the other hand, a clogged filter is going to bog the system down and make it work harder than necessary. Not only will this mean more energy is consumed, but it will also lead to decreased performance.
Keep Your System Strong with Heat Pump Energy Saving Tips
In addition to the five helpful tips we have listed above, you should also stay on top of the maintenance needs for your heat pump as the seasons go by. With regular maintenance performed by the professionals here at Walker Air • Plumbing • Electric, you can expect your system to keep running at a high level moving forward. And, if any repair projects come up, we’ll be happy to handle those quickly, as well. Thank you for stopping by!