How Does Heat Pump Maintenance Impact the Energy Efficiency of Your Home? 01/12/2018Did you realize that your heat pump can lose efficiency after a while? While unavoidable wear and tear during the years will have some effect on your heat pump’s efficiency, the most popular culprit when it comes to heat pumps losing efficiency is lack of maintenance. Taking the time to arrange regular heat pump maintenance performed is the greatest way you can keep your heat pump performing as it should and potentially save some money on your utility bills. At Allstar Heating & Air Conditioning, we advise biannual heat pump maintenance. At our visits, we will evaluate your heat pump for any potential problems and recommend repairs if they’re needed. We’ll also confirm 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 taking a look at your air filter throughout the year. ENERGY STAR® recommends changing your air filter on a monthly basis. You may need to change it more or less frequently, depending on your filter type, your system and your home’s environment. As an example, if you have pets, you may want 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 out for a new filter. 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 extend the life expectancy of your heat pump by keeping its filter clean. That’s because your heat pump needs to work harder when you have a dirty air filter and that puts preventable wear and tear on its components. Another thing 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 may not reach your ideal comfort level. If you are questioning how well-sealed your ducts are, ask our professionals at Allstar Heating & Air Conditioning. Your heating and cooling system is responsible for approximately half your home’s energy usage, so having an efficient furnace is critical. At Allstar Heating & Air Conditioning, we can help confirm your heat pump is working at peak efficiency. Call us today to arrange your annual heat pump maintenance at 805-688-4018, or you can schedule an appointment with us online.