As the Omaha temperature gets cooler, your heat pump typically has to pick up the pace to keep everyone in your house comfortable. While it will unavoidably run the longest during colder months, there are some things you can do to prevent excess strain on your heat pump that could lead to a heat pump repair.
Is Your Filter Dirty?
Ah, the golden rule of heat pump ownership: check your air filter often and confirm it is not dirty. We can’t say it enough. This is an inexpensive way to keep your heat pump working as it should and help prevent heat pump repair. When your air filter is dirty and clogged, it becomes challenging for air to pass through and causes your heat pump to work a lot harder than it normally would. All this extra work can mean a breakdown. If you have Interstate Heating & Air Conditioning perform regular annual maintenance on your heat pump, we’ll check your air filter and change it if needed. It’s a great idea to set a reminder for yourself to check your filter monthly and change it again when you start to see dirt building up.
Are Your Vents Clear and Open?
If your vents are dirty or blocked, or even just closed, your heat pump is going to operate harder than it needs to. Keep furniture and curtains from blocking your vents to permit the warm air to flow through your house and reduce the load on your heat pump. If you notice the airflow still isn’t as strong as it should be, or you see dirt accumulating on your vent covers, have your ductwork looked at. Leaks may need to be sealed, or it just might need a good cleaning.
If the end result is that the ducts are clear, but your heat pump still isn’t keeping up, give Interstate Heating & Air Conditioning a call before you flip the emergency heat switch. We might be able to help you find a better way to heat your home.
Are You Using a Programmable Thermostat?
A programmable thermostat can help avert your heat pump from running when it isn’t necessary. Without a programmable thermostat, your heat pump will heat your house during times when it’s not necessary—like when the house is empty or away on vacation. A programmable thermostat allows you to alter your heating schedule around your schedule and heat your home at desired times—which will help you save money on your energy costs and put less strain on your heat pump and help prevent a heat pump repair.
If you want more information on reducing the strain on your heat pump and preventing heat pump repair, give Interstate Heating & Air Conditioning a call at 402-509-5940 and we can help.