A poorly maintained heat pump can use between 10 and 25 percent more energy than one that’s cared for regularly. If you want to extend the life of your heat pump, minimize repair costs and heat your home as efficiently and affordably as possible, you must provide regular heat pump maintenance.

Heat pump maintenance takes place both inside and outside the home. In the home, you should change your filters once a month and clean the supply and return registers any time they appear dirty. Outside, you need to keep plants trimmed back from the outdoor unit. Turn off the power and clean the fan periodically.

These simple at-home tasks will keep the air moving freely through your home, so you can operate your heat pump at maximum efficiency, using as little power as possible to warm the home. Once a year, you should have a professional service your heat pump as well. The technician will perform more complex maintenance tasks such as checking for refrigerant leaks, lubricating motors and inspecting belts. If you notice a drop in efficiency that isn’t improved with home maintenance, you should call a professional technician as needed.

Maintaining your heat pump properly may also mean upgrading it periodically. Today’s heat pumps feature two-speed compressors, copper tubing, and variable-speed blowers that are much more efficient than what was available 30 years ago. If you’re scraping by with an older heat pump, talk to your technician about the best upgrades for your system.

You can also reduce the need for heat pump maintenance and repair by using the system only as needed. Some simple tips like closing off unoccupied rooms and setting the thermostat higher can make a big difference in the long run, as they’ll put less wear and tear on your system.

For more expert advice on caring for the heat pump in your Cincinnati home, feel free to contact us at Apollo Home Heating, Cooling and Plumbing. We’re here to assist with all of your home comfort needs.

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