Geothermal heat pumps use clean, renewable technology to provide heating and cooling for your Atlanta home. Just like any HVAC system, maintaining your geothermal heat pump will help you get the best performance out of this appliance throughout its lifetime. A poorly-maintained heat pump can suffer as much as a 25% drop in efficiency, costing you more to run and shortening the functional lifespan of the system. Although these heating and cooling systems are extremely low-maintenance, there are still a few steps you can take to maintain your geothermal heat pump’s efficiency for a comfortable and economical home.
Maintain Your Hybrid HVAC System
If your geothermal heat pump is part of a hybrid HVAC system that also includes a traditional air conditioner or furnace, maintaining these appliances should be considered part of maintaining your geothermal system. Because your geothermal heat pump may share components with your central heating and cooling system, such as the electric air handler and the ducts through which conditioned air is distributed, poor efficiency in these areas will also affect the output of your geothermal heat pump. Have your entire HVAC system serviced twice a year by a professional for cleaning and any adjustments that may be required, as well as maintenance and repairs to keep all of your HVAC appliances functioning at peak capacity. You should also have your ducts inspected periodically to determine if leaks could be affecting your system’s efficiency; duct leaks are common problems that can be sealed in minutes for an instant boost in heating and cooling performance and efficiency.
Change Your Air Filter
Your HVAC system’s air filter plays an important part in keeping your heat pump’s interior components clean and allowing the appliance to draw in air for heating or cooling. Most air filters should be changed every 30-90 days—check your filter packaging or talk to your heating and cooling company about the frequency with which you should change your filter for the best results. If you want to upgrade your filter to one designed to screen out smaller particles, talk to your HVAC service expert first as well—a more effective filter can affect airflow through your HVAC system, and adjustments may be needed to accommodate a new filter type.
Learn Your Thermostat
Your thermostat is the control system for your heat pump. Many of the most common heat pump problems that homeowners experience are simply due to inefficient or incorrect thermostat settings. Make sure you know how to use your thermostat effectively, including how to switch your heat pump from heating to cooling, depending on the season. If your thermostat is programmable, check that the program is set properly or disengage the program option if you need more or less heating or cooling at any given time. Some of the settings you should check for on your thermostat include the “auto” fan setting, which allows your heat pump to turn on and off automatically when the temperature deviates from your desired set temperature. If you need more or less heating or cooling, switching this setting to “on” or “off” will cause your heat pump to run continually or shut down completely to suit your needs.
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