Did you realize that your heat pump can lose efficiency as time goes on? While unavoidable wear and tear during 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. Making sure to schedule regular heat pump maintenance is the greatest way you can keep your heat pump operating as it should and possibly save some money on your energy costs.

At Fal-Ken Heating & Cooling Corporation, we recommend 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. 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 checking and replacing it throughout the year.

ENERGY STAR® recommends changing your air filter monthly. You may need to change it more or less frequently, depending on your filter type, your system and your home’s environment. 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’ll begin to figure out how often you should change it. Air will flow more freely inside your home when you have a clean filter. You’ll notice improved air quality in addition to an increase in heat pump efficiency. You could also extend 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 thing that could decrease 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 experts at Fal-Ken Heating & Cooling Corporation.

Your heating and cooling system is responsible for approximately half your home’s energy usage, so having an efficient furnace is critical. At Fal-Ken Heating & Cooling Corporation, we can help ensure your heat pump is working at peak efficiency. Call us today to arrange your annual heat pump maintenance at 631-460-5159.