How Does Heat Pump Maintenance Impact the Energy Efficiency of Your Home? 01/12/2018Do you know that your heat pump can lose efficiency after a while? While unavoidable wear and tear over the years will cause some impact on your heat pump’s efficiency, the most popular culprit when it comes to heat pumps losing efficiency is lack of maintenance. Ensuring you have regular heat pump maintenance performed is the number one way you can keep your heat pump performing as it should and probably save some money on your energy bills. At Hillcrest Air Conditioning & Plumbing, we advise biannual heat pump maintenance. Each time, we will inspect your heat pump for any potential problems and recommend repairs if they’re needed. We’ll also make sure your heat pump is clean and make any necessary adjustments. A critical part of a clean heat pump is a clean air filter. Even though we will change your air filter during heat pump maintenance, you can help keep your heat pump efficient by checking and replacing it throughout the year. ENERGY STAR® recommends changing your air filter monthly. You might need to change it more or less frequently, depending on your filter type, your system and your home’s environment. For example, if you have pets, you might need to change your air filter more regularly than someone who doesn’t. By checking your filter every month, you’ll start to understand how often you should change it. Air will flow more freely through your home when you have a clean filter. You’ll see improved air quality in addition to a rise in heat pump efficiency. You could also lengthen the life expectancy of your heat pump by keeping its filter clean. That’s because your heat pump is forced to work harder when you have a dirty air filter and that puts preventable wear and tear on its components. Another factor that could decrease your heat pump’s efficiency is leaking ductwork. If your ducts have any leaks, holes or poor connections, it forces your system to work even harder to efficiently deliver air throughout your home. And even though your heat pump will be working overtime, you still may not be as comfortable as you expect to be. If you are wondering how well-sealed your ducts are, ask our experts at Hillcrest Air Conditioning & Plumbing. Your heating and cooling system is responsible for about half your home’s energy usage, so having an efficient furnace is key. At Hillcrest Air Conditioning & Plumbing, we can help make sure your heat pump is working at peak efficiency. Call us today to arrange your annual heat pump maintenance at 661-437-3499, or you can schedule an appointment with us online.