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Autumn and Heat Pumps: What You Need To Know

October 16, 2018

Changing of the seasons is upon us and a welcome reprieve from the heat has arrived. Fall is the ideal opportunity to perform those heat pump maintenance tasks you have been meaning to do all summer. The citizens of Aberdeen, North Carolina, know the importance of keeping their HVAC systems working at peak efficiency.

Proactive Fall Maintenance Tips

Heat pumps are efficient pieces of equipment. Well-managed heat pumps provide years of comfort and cost savings. Poorly maintained heat pumps typically cost a homeowner in repairs. To ensure optimal performance, here are a few tips. Keep debris at least 18 inches from your heat pump, prune shrubs, and clear the debris. Make certain there is plenty of airflow around the unit.

Make a habit of regularly checking the unit for a buildup of debris.

Monthly and Semi-Annual Maintenance

Changing your filters every month is the easiest way to ensure the heat pump is working properly. Clean filters allow the heat pump to cycle dirt-free air and have maximum airflow.

Fall is a great time to upgrade your thermostat to a programmable unit. Smartphone apps let you control heating and cooling when you’re not at home. Setting your system on a schedule is one of the best ways to get great cost savings.

Clean the coils on the heat pump regularly. Decreased airflow to the system results in poor performance. Turn the unit off before you begin. You can use a hose to gently clean the fins. We recommend waiting for your service technician to use a cleaner for the coils.

Call the Professionals

A homeowner can perform several maintenance tasks. However, to achieve the best results, have your system checked at least once a year by a professional. If you are running the heat pump constantly, it may be wise to have service performed on a semi-annual basis.

Always keep the phone number for your neighbors at Sandhills Heating, Refrigeration and Electrical hanging on your refrigerator. Call us at 910-338-3723 for heat pump service or any other HVAC needs.

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