It’s that time of year again. The leaves are falling and the wind is getting chillier. If you’re a homeowner with a heat pump, now is the time to prepare it for the fall and coming winter. With just a few simple tasks, you can maintain the efficiency and effectiveness, as well as extend the lifespan, of your heat pump.
5 Tips to Prep Your Heat Pump for Fall
1. Change/Clean Air Filters
This is one of the most important and yet overlooked steps a homeowner can take to improve the function and efficiency of a heat pump. Dirty filters restrict the airflow in the ductwork, therefore overworking the system. This runs up your utility bills as well as places unnecessary stress on the heat pump. To ensure airflow, check the filter once a month and change it when it appears dirty. Wait no longer than three months between filter changes. You might change your filter more frequently if you or someone in your household struggles with allergies or asthma, or if you have pets.
If you have a ductless heat pump system, try this four-step method to clean the filter on your heat pump’s indoor unit:
- Turn the heat pump off.
- Pop off the cover on the top of the heat pump and remove the filters.
- Vacuum dust from the front side of the filter. If the filter is sticky, wash it with mild soap and a soft nylon brush. Rinse until clear and allow to dry fully.
- Take care not to bump the metal fins when replacing the filter. Close the cover and turn the heat pump back on.
2. Check Outdoor Unit
Leaves, foliage, branches, and other debris can obstruct your outdoor unit and affect the operation of your heat pump. Take a look around the outdoor unit and remove any obstructions, cut down foliage that may block airflow, and keep this area clean.
3. Set the Thermostat
Next, adjust the thermostat if you haven’t already done so. Heat pumps work best and most efficiently when left at a consistent temperature. Don’t constantly adjust the thermostat. Also, consider making the switch to a smart thermostat if you don’t have one. It can help optimize energy efficiency and home comfort.
4. Seal Air Leaks
Help your heat pump by sealing up any cracks or air leaks in your home. Inspect windows, doors, and other gaps where air may be able to escape, making your heat pump work harder than necessary.
5. Schedule a Fall Tune-up
Finally, don’t forget to schedule a fall heat pump tune-up. Your heat pump has just finished the cooling season and is about to enter winter, when the demand on the system increases. Give it the attention it deserves by scheduling a fall tune-up. A tune-up will ensure your heat pump is ready for the winter and is operating at maximum efficiency.
Get Ready for Fall & Winter
These steps are important for homeowners to take care of their HVAC equipment. However, the most important step is to schedule regular maintenance. Proper maintenance keeps your system up and running reliably and it helps reduce the chances of sudden breakdowns or issues. The best way to stay on top of heat pump maintenance is with a protection plan. It includes annual inspections and discounts for added savings!
Make sure you’re ready for fall and winter.
Delta Air Systems Ltd. has been proudly serving the HVAC needs of the Kitchener-Waterloo, Cambridge, and Guelph regions since the 1950s. We strive to provide our clients with reliable service and cost-effective solutions.