A heat pump is an efficient and energy-saving alternative to furnaces and air conditioners for climates such as the Fayetteville area, with moderate heating and cooling needs. Since heat pumps work by moving heat instead of generating heat, they can provide up to four times the amount of energy that they use. They are so efficient that they can reduce the amount of electricity that your home uses for heating by 30-40 percent.
Another benefit to heat pumps include their ability to dehumidify the air better than most central air conditioners, though modern high-efficiency A/C’s do a pretty good job. This also helps you save on your energy bills and keeps your home cool and comfortable in the summer.
Proper maintenance for your heat pump is vital if you want to reduce energy consumption. The difference in the energy consumption of a heat pump that’s regularly and properly maintained and a heat pump that has been neglected can be as high as 25 percent.
However, maintaining heat pumps is best left to the pros. Heat pumps are complex machines that include many different controls and components that require expert servicing. To give you a general idea of how complicated a heat pump is, following is a list of key parts of a heat pump:
- A high efficiency scroll compressor
- High and low pressure switches
- A filter drier
- Discharge temperature switches
- Vibration isolation plates
- A high-efficiency fan to move air past the outdoor coil
- Wiring and copper tubing
Since heat pumps are intricate machines, you could easily make a mistake if you try to maintain it yourself, and that could result in a costly repair or even a necessary replacement. It’s highly recommended for you to have a professional technician come to your home and do the following in order to maintain your heat pump:
- Inspect the heat pump for dirt and other obstructions
- Find and fix any duct leakage
- Confirm adequate airflow and correct refrigerant charge
- Check for refrigerant leaks
- Inspect all electric terminals and connections
- Apply nonconductive coating to electrical terminals
- Lubricate motors
- Inspect belts
- Confirm correct electric control
- Confirm correct thermostat operation
The professionals at Blanton’s Heating & A/C can help you maintain your heat pump to ensure that it performs at its maximum efficiency. Contact ustoday to schedule an appointment. We can also answer any questions you might have about your heat pump.