How Does Heat Pump Maintenance Impact the Energy Efficiency of Your Home? 01/12/2018Did you realize that your heat pump can lose efficiency after a while? While inevitable wear and tear over the years will have some effect on your heat pump’s efficiency, the most popular culprit when it comes to heat pumps losing efficiency is lack of maintenance. Taking the time to arrange regular heat pump maintenance performed is the greatest way you can keep your heat pump performing as it should and possibly save some money on your energy bills. At American Premier Heating & Air Conditioning, we suggest biannual heat pump maintenance. At every visit, we will assess your heat pump for any possible problems and recommend repairs if they’re needed. We’ll also ensure your heat pump is clean and make any necessary adjustments. A critical part of a clean heat pump is a clean air filter. While we’ll always change your air filter during heat pump maintenance, you can help keep your heat pump efficient by checking and replacing it throughout the year. ENERGY STAR® recommends changing your air filter on a monthly basis. You might need to change it more or less frequently, depending on your filter type, your system and your home’s 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 will start to get a feel for how often you should replace with a new one. Air will flow more freely inside your home when you have a clean filter. You’ll experience improved air quality in addition to a rise in heat pump efficiency. You could also improve 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 factor that could shrink your heat pump’s efficiency is leaking ductwork. If your ducts have any leaks, holes or poor connections, it forces your system to work even harder to efficiently deliver air throughout your home. And even though your heat pump will be working overtime, you still may not be as comfortable as you expect to be. If you are curious how well-sealed your ducts are, ask our professionals at American Premier Heating & Air Conditioning. Your heating and cooling system is responsible for about half your home’s energy usage, so having an efficient furnace is critical. At American Premier Heating & Air Conditioning, we can help make sure your heat pump is working at peak efficiency. Call us today to arrange your annual heat pump maintenance at 818-370-7266, or you can schedule an appointment with us online.