From Margaret on October 18th, 2011 in Air Conditioning & Heating
If you live in seasonal temperatures, you know that heat pumps are heaven-sent. Providing heating and cooling year-round, they offer comfort on both the hottest days of summer days and the chilliest of winter nights. But, without an upgrade where it’s due, your heat pump can become an energy drain on your home and finances.
Plus, with awareness of the latest heat pumps available and how to keep them working their best, you can find energy-efficient models that save you more money than ever before.
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First of all, keeping your heat pump in proper shape is important, especially as you look to a new model that you hope will last for years to come. Here’s what you can do to keep costs low, and your home nice and toasty this winter.
How to Keep Your Heat Pump Costs Low
A heat pump tune-up should consist of cleaning the coils, checking the compressor, oiling belts and checking pressure levels. On your end, good filters are important. Change them regularly to keep your system running most efficiently.
Beyond that, you want to make sure that you are aware of the danger signs that your air conditioning and heating unit isn’t running as efficiently as it should.
Major problem signs are:
- Ice is forming on the unit or lines.
- The unit is running but not cooling.
- The machine is making mysterious noises.
- Any water is leaking around the exterior unit.
If your current unit is around 10 years old, you can expect to need to search for a new heat pump soon. The average life span of a heat pump machine is 12 years at most. The industry is constantly making advancements in efficiency, but if your heat pump was installed more than a decade ago, you’re probably looking at a replacement by the end of winter, or else facing higher heating prices than average.
If your equipment is old or not keeping your house comfortable, consider having it evaluated by a professional heating and cooling contractor. You can click here to search for a wonderful contractor in your own area.
For heat pumps that pay for themselves in the long run, consider a unit that has earned an ENERGY STAR. Replacing old equipment with an ENERGY STAR qualified unit can cut your annual energy bill by nearly $200. To really maximize on these savings, do your part to make sure that you have addressed any big air leaks in your duct system.
On the other hand, an improperly installed or inefficient running system can reduce your system efficiency by 30 percent. So take time now to check out your system, and make necessary improvements.
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