How Does Heat Pump Maintenance Impact the Energy Efficiency of Your Home? 01/12/2018Did you realize that your heat pump can lose efficiency as time goes on? While unavoidable wear and tear over the years will cause some impact on your heat pump’s efficiency, the leading culprit when it comes to heat pumps losing efficiency is lack of maintenance. Making sure to schedule regular heat pump maintenance performed is the greatest way you can keep your heat pump operating as it should and probably save some money on your energy costs. At Rim Country Mechanical, Inc., we suggest biannual heat pump maintenance. At our visits, we will assess your heat pump for any potential problems and recommend repairs if they’re needed. We’ll also ensure your heat pump is clean and make any necessary adjustments. A critical part of a clean heat pump is a clean air filter. While we’ll always 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 could need to change it more or less frequently, depending on your filter type, your system and the environment in your home. As an example, if you have pets, you may need to change your air filter more often than someone who doesn’t. By checking your filter every month, you will start to get a feel for 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 notice 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 is forced to work harder when you have a dirty air filter and that puts avoidable wear and tear on its components. Another thing that could reduce your heat pump’s efficiency is leaking ductwork. If your ducts have any leaks, holes or poor connections, your system needs to work 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 questioning how well-sealed your ducts are, ask our experts at Rim Country Mechanical, Inc.. Your heating and cooling system is responsible for roughly half your home’s energy usage, so having an efficient furnace is important. At Rim Country Mechanical, Inc., we can help confirm your heat pump is operating at peak efficiency. Call us today to schedule your annual heat pump maintenance at 928-537-1803, or you can schedule an appointment with us online.