Do you know that your heat pump can lose efficiency over time? While unavoidable wear and tear over the years will impact your heat pump’s efficiency, the main culprit when it comes to heat pumps losing efficiency is lack of maintenance. Ensuring you have regular heat pump maintenance is the greatest way you can keep your heat pump working as it should and possibly save some money on your utility bills.

At Lakeside Heating & Air, we suggest 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 ensure your heat pump is clean and make any necessary adjustments. An important 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 seeing if your air filter needs to be replaced throughout the year.

ENERGY STAR® recommends changing your air filter monthly. You may need to change it more or less frequently, depending on your filter type, your system and your indoor environment. For 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. Air will flow more freely through your home when you have a clean filter. You’ll see improved air quality in addition to a positive increase 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 avoidable wear and tear on its components.

Another item that could decrease your heat pump’s efficiency is leaking ductwork. If your ducts have any leaks, holes or poor connections, it’ll be harder for your system 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 Lakeside Heating & Air.

Your heating and cooling system is responsible for about half your home’s energy usage, so having an efficient furnace is important. At Lakeside Heating & Air, we can help make sure your heat pump is working at peak efficiency. Call us today to book your annual heat pump maintenance at 509-284-4265.