How to Keep Your Heat Pump in Its Best Shape

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Heat pumps are becoming increasingly popular in the mid-Atlantic region. It’s easy to see why. This type of system both heats and cools your home, requiring just one system for year-round comfort. In addition, a heat pump uses less energy by transferring heated air from the ground outside your home to the interior—saving you money on your monthly bills. Other advantages include quit operation and consistent, even heat.

But keeping your unit in its best shape isn’t as simple as installing it and letting it run. The key to keeping your heat pump in tip-top shape during its 15-20 years of operation is in heat pump maintenance.

The Importance of Heat Pump Maintenance

If you want to keep your heat pump running as smoothly as it should be, you should have your system cleaned and serviced before both the winter and the summer seasons. The air filter should be changed at least once a month and the area surrounding the exterior unit should be kept clear of vegetation.

Just a few of the reasons that regular heat pump maintenance is important include:

  • A well-maintained system is more energy-efficient. Since one of the chief benefits of investing in a heat pump is to save energy, you don’t want to negate this effort by neglecting your heat pump maintenance. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, the difference in energy-efficiency between a well-maintained and a neglected system can be as much as 25 percent!
  • Dirt and debris can shorten the life of the system. When the system has to work harder to push air through a dirty air filter, it uses more energy and tends to wear out more quickly.
  • Vegetation allowed to grow around the outdoors unit can damage the system. It’s important to keep bushes and other plants well-trimmed around the exterior portion of your heat pump.
  • Regular maintenance helps prevent expensive repairs. When your heat pump is examined and cleaned regularly by an HVAC professional, it’s easier for the technician to identify and diagnose potential problems before they have time to develop into expensive heat pump repair issues.

Get Your Heat Pump Taken Care of by Maryland’s HVAC Experts

Michael Bonsby Heating and Air Conditioning has been helping homeowners in the Montgomery County, MD and nearby NW Washington, DC areas with their heating and cooling needs for more than 20 years. We’re experienced in keeping heat pump systems running at peak efficiency, providing comprehensive heat pump services to area residents. To schedule your heat pump maintenance visit with our experts, call us at 301 990-7970 or fill out an online contact form.

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