Do you know that your heat pump can lose efficiency after a while? While unavoidable wear and tear over the years will cause some impact on your heat pump’s efficiency, the leading culprit when it comes to heat pumps losing efficiency is lack of maintenance. Ensuring you have regular heat pump maintenance is the best way you can keep your heat pump working as it should and possibly save some money on your energy bills.

At Three Rivers Heating & Cooling, we advise biannual heat pump maintenance. Each time, we will assess your heat pump for any potential problems and recommend repairs if they’re needed. We’ll also confirm your heat pump is clean and make any necessary adjustments. A key 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 might need to change it more or less frequently, depending on your filter type, your system and the environment in your home. For instance, if you have pets, you may want to change your air filter more frequently than someone who doesn’t. By checking your filter every month, you will start to get a feel for how often you should change it. 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 improve the life expectancy of your heat pump by keeping its filter clean. That’s because your heat pump has to work so much harder when you have a dirty air filter and that puts avoidable wear and tear on its components.

Another item 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 may not reach your ideal comfort level. If you are curious how well-sealed your ducts are, ask our experts at Three Rivers Heating & Cooling.

Your heating and cooling system is responsible for approximately half your home’s energy usage, so having an efficient furnace is key. At Three Rivers Heating & Cooling, we can help confirm your heat pump is running at peak efficiency. Call us today to arrange your annual heat pump maintenance at 503-213-4433.