April 2, 2020 Uncategorized

Heat pumps are slowly becoming a popular alternative to traditional heating and cooling systems. If you’ve recently bought one and had it installed, knowing how to properly use it will help your unit work as efficiently as possible.

Marsh Heating and Air Conditioning is your leading HVAC company in Edina MN. We offer a full range of home comfort systems, including heat pumps.

Here are a few tips to consider and help you maximize your heat pump’s efficiency.

Temperature Setting

In terms of reading the temperature of a room, a heat pump works differently compared to your old heating system. Set your heat pump to a comfortable temperature and make precise adjustments over a few days until you’ve reached your desired setting.

To save energy, lower the temperature a few degrees overnight or when you’re away for several hours. Some heat pumps are equipped with programmable thermostats that are designed to automatically make adjustments without relying on additional heating systems.

Normally, the backup heating unit automatically starts when the temperature drops below 32 degrees Fahrenheit. To increase your system’s efficiency, set the thermostat to 68 to 70 degrees during the cold season and 78 to 80 when the days are hot. This will enable your thermostat to work without triggering the automatic start of the backup heating system.

Restart Procedures

In case of a power outage of more than 30 minutes, you will need to manually restart the system. While the power is still out, you can use the heat pump’s emergency heat. When power comes back, wait for about an hour before programming the heat pump to its normal setting. The refrigerant may need to heat up first before turning the unit back to a normal setting.

Cooling Option

The versatility of heat pumps is what attracts homeowners. It can reverse the cycle and suck the heat out of your home. It can also serve as a dehumidifier by using the cooling mode.

Keep in mind that the cooling option in your heat pump uses the same amount of energy as heating, so use it accordingly. If the temperatures are mild and you can do without cooling, shut the system down to save energy. If your unit has a “circulate only” mode, use it to move cool air from the cooler part of your home to the warmer parts.

Proper Airflow

Any HVAC equipment needs enough space to have proper airflow. For the indoor part of your heat pump, be sure to clear the area surrounding it and keep all furniture away from the unit. Avoid blocking the vents and registers to ensure proper airflow. For the outdoor unit, keep it clear from plants, shrubs, leaves, and similar items.

Keeping the Heat In

Operating HVAC systems can be expensive, especially if you’re not taking the necessary steps to conserve energy. When running your heat pump, keep your doors and windows closed to prevent any drafts and keep the heat in. During the day, leave the curtains open while the windows are closed in rooms that receive direct sunlight. This will help the heat pump warm up the room more easily.

Auto Mode

When the heat pump is set on auto mode, the unit will run on heat or cool depending on the room and set temperatures. This should be avoided as this can cause the system to heat on a cool summer night or cool on a sunny winter day.

DIY Maintenance

As the owner of your heat pump, there are things you can do to ensure it works as effortlessly as possible. There are simple steps you can take on your own, such as:

  • keeping the filter clean
  • dusting
  • clearing the area surrounding the indoor and outdoor units
  • and clearing it from snow during the cold months

Questions? Call Marsh Heating and Air Conditioning

For more information on how to maximize your heat pump’s efficiency, be sure to give us a call. It would be our pleasure to help you make your home more comfortable and energy-efficient. We can help you tune up your unit to make sure it’s thoroughly clean and ready for the season. We are your reliable Minnetonka heating and air conditioning company.