As the Buellton temperature gets cooler, your heat pump often has to pick up the pace to keep your household cozy. While it will unavoidably run the longest during winter months, there are some things you can do to avoid excess strain on your heat pump that might result in a heat pump repair.
Is Your Filter Dirty?
Ah, the golden rule of heat pump ownership: assess your air filter often and make sure it’s clean. We can’t say it enough. This is a very simple way to keep your heat pump operating as it should and help prevent heat pump repair. When your air filter is dirty and clogged, it becomes challenging for air to pass through and causes your heat pump to work a lot harder than it normally would. All this extra work can result in a breakdown. If you have Allstar Heating & Air Conditioning perform ongoing annual maintenance on your heat pump, we’ll check your air filter and exchange it if needed. It’s a wonderful idea to set a reminder for yourself to check your filter once a month and change it again when you start to observe dirt building up.
Are Your Vents Clear and Open?
If your vents are dirty or blocked, or even just closed, your heat pump is going to run harder than it needs to. Keep furniture and curtains from blocking your vents to allow the warm air to flow through your space and alleviate the load on your heat pump. If you find the airflow still isn’t as strong as it should be, or you see dirt collecting on your vent covers, have your ductwork checked out. Leaks may need to be sealed, or it just might require a good cleaning.
If the end result is that the ducts are clear, but your heat pump still isn’t keeping up, give Allstar Heating & Air Conditioning a call before you flip the emergency heat switch. We might be able to help you find a better way to heat your home.
Are You Using a Programmable Thermostat?
A programmable thermostat can help prevent your heat pump from running when it isn’t necessary. Without a programmable thermostat, your heat pump will heat your house during times when it’s not required—like when everyone is gone or away on vacation. A programmable thermostat allows you to modify your heating schedule around your lifestyle and heat your home at certain times—which will help you save money on your energy costs and put less strain on your heat pump and help prevent a heat pump repair.
If you could benefit from more information on reducing the strain on your heat pump and preventing heat pump repair, give Allstar Heating & Air Conditioning a call at 805-242-9638 and we will be happy to help.