How Does Heat Pump Maintenance Impact the Energy Efficiency of Your Home? 01/12/2018Were you aware that your heat pump can lose efficiency as time goes on? While unescapable wear and tear over the years will impact your heat pump’s efficiency, the most popular culprit when it comes to heat pumps losing efficiency is lack of maintenance. Ensuring you have regular heat pump maintenance performed is the greatest way you can keep your heat pump working as it should and potentially save some money on your energy costs. At B&D Air Conditioning, we advise biannual heat pump maintenance. At every visit, we will inspect your heat pump for any probable problems and recommend repairs if they’re needed. We’ll also make sure 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 could need to change it more or less frequently, depending on your filter type, your system and the environment in your home. For example, if you have pets, you might need to change your air filter more often than someone who doesn’t. By checking your filter every month, you’ll start to understand 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 experience improved air quality in addition to an 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 unnecessary 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, your system needs to work harder to efficiently deliver air throughout your home. And even though your heat pump will be working overtime, you could still have issues staying comfortable. If you are curious how well-sealed your ducts are, ask our experts at B&D Air Conditioning. Your heating and cooling system is responsible for approximately half your home’s energy usage, so having an efficient furnace is key. At B&D Air Conditioning, we can help confirm your heat pump is running at peak efficiency. Call us today to schedule your annual heat pump maintenance at 928-432-6018, or you can schedule an appointment with us online.