Now that spring is here your thoughts may be turning to whether or not your heat pump, or hybrid heating and cooling system is up to the job of keeping you cool and comfortable this summer. If you have kept up with manufacturer required maintenance schedules, and have generally looked after your system then you may be in for a trouble free spring and summer. But if you know you’re guilty of neglect or simply want to increase your energy savings then what can you do? The answer is quite a lot, and now is a great time to begin planning ahead to make sure you are not caught unawares when the weather really starts to warm up. These changes can be relatively simple, or they may require a more substantial investment. The important thing is to seek professional advice and help when upgrading or maintaining your heating and cooling system.
Checking Your Heat Pump is Well-maintained
If you haven’t had your heat pump serviced recently then it is a good idea to get this booked before the temperatures start to rise. Your service technician will be able to make sure your system is working properly and will have plenty of time to order any necessary parts. They can also give you an honest assessment of your equipment, as if it is older than ten years old then you may be on borrowed time. If you need quite a few repairs then you’ll need to decide whether or not to invest in a new heat pump, or if you’d prefer to defer for now and keep your system running as long as possible. There will come a time when it is no longer economically viable to take this approach, but it can be useful to have a little extra breathing space before making such an outlay.
Have You Cleaned Your Ductwork in the Last Few Years?
A lot of people overlook the need to have their ductwork professionally cleaned out every few years, but it can make a real difference to your home comfort, and can lead to increased energy savings on your utility bills. If your ductwork is clogged up with dirt and dust then your heat pump will need to work harder to pull air through the system, potentially decreasing its lifespan. You are also more likely to experience an increase in dust and other unwanted particulates in the home. This is worth taking into consideration if you or anyone else in your family is amongst the millions who suffer from allergies each spring and summer.
Are You Changing Air Filters Regularly?
This is another thing that is all too easy to overlook, as changing the air filter in your heating and cooling system will help keep the air flowing freely. Some filters can be washed, while others need to be replaced. If you are unsure of how to change your air filter then ask your service technician for advice. They will also be able to tell you how often you should be changing the filters, or if there are other filters on the market that could be more effective for your heat pump.