A heat pump is your everyday friend in maintaining your comfort at home, office, or anywhere. Unlike air conditions or furnace, heat pumps can do both the work of cooling down and heating up your place, no matter what the season is.
Heat pump actually functions to flow cool or hot air from outside to your home, rather than generating the air, and thus provides with you the desired temperature. By using your window heat pump in the right way, you can save a lot of energy and receive years of service.
Read along to get a clear idea of what are the best ways to use a heat pump.
Operating Your Heat Pump for Summer Use
The settings for your heat pump should vary from one season to another, depending on the temperature of your area and its weather. In the summertime, you want cool air flowed into your room. So, follow these steps to set up your heat pump for the best performance in summer.
Step 1: In Summer, Set Your Heat Pump System on Cool-Mode
Usually, keeping the temperature on this mode at 78 °F (26 °C)will provide you the perfect atmosphere. However, as the preference varies from one person to another, you can adjust the temperature as per your comfort. But try to keep it constant, don’t keep changing the thermostat every now and then.
Step 2: Keep the Doors of Your Room Open
It will allow the air to easily circulate around. Also, before leaving your home, set the temperature higher, and it won’t cost you extra energy.
Step 3: Turn on the Dehumidifier-Mode
It will remove humidity from your home atmosphere. If you have too much moisture in your room, it will feel hotter than it actually is. Dehumidifying will solve this problem by eliminating the moisture. This mode is also named “dry mode” in some of the machines.
Step 4: Set It to the Fan-Only Option as Well
This option will enable you to keep the air circulation only inside your home and to stop bringing air from outside. Using this option will be cost-efficient as it will use less energy than usual.
Your fan will start running on a low setting when the thermostat reaches your desired temperature, and it will start to cool again when your temperature swings.
Do not use the auto mode for your heat pump. Doing so will enable the machine to switch the temperature every now and then, and thus will cost you more energy than usual. So, make sure that it is not on auto-mode and is always in cool-mode during summer.
However, don’t confuse auto mode with the ‘auto-fan’ option, which is a different setting, and it is okay to be used.
Adjusting Your Heat Pump for Winter Use
Just like your heat pump needs specific settings for summer, it also needs to be altered in winter. In winter, you will actually set it for hot air. Perform these actions to get the best output from your heat pump in the freezing weather.
Step 1: In Winter, Change the System to Heat-Mode At 68 °F (20 °C)
This temperature should provide you the highest efficiency, but as mentioned earlier, you can also adjust it to your comfort. Keep it consistent throughout the day; don’t change it much. Before you go to sleep or leave your home, you can tune the temperature down to save energy.
Do not increase the temperature more than 2 degrees at a time.If you increase it more than 2 degrees at a time, you actually force your machine to generate harder, which ultimately results in more energy consumption.
Also, turning it up faster won’t actually heat your place faster. So, wait a while after turning the thermostat up, and then do it again.
Turn the backup heat unit on if the temperature outside is below 35 °F (2 °C). Because, on such low temperature, your heat pump won’t be able to provide you enough heat. The setting for this heating unit is either named “auxiliary” or “emergency” heat. However, using this mode will use your energy more.
Step 2: Place Your Heat Pump at a Spacious Area
You shouldn’t place your pump somewhere with a lot of objects around. Doing so will block the air and won’t let it spread around. Have the airflow directed at the floor, and not anything else, so that it roams all-around your place.
Maintaining Your Heat Pump
No machine will run efficiently if you do not maintain it properly. A heat pump is no exception. Perform maintenance regularly to keep your heat pump operating.
Clean Both the Inside and Outside Units of Your Heat Pump Every Spring
Before cleaning the units, make sure the power is off. It is recommended to perform the cleaning in the morning so that you don’t have to have it off during the warmest hour of the day.The outdoor unit is likely to have an electrical port with an on/off switch. And the indoor unit will have its on/off option in its control.
Clean Air Filters Once Every Month
This will keep your heat pump fresh and full-functioning. You can wash the filters by drowning them in warm, soapy water and scrubbing them softly with a piece of cloth. After washing, let the soap rinse off, and the water dry up. Anyway, try to replace air filters after 6 months of use.
Apply Foam Cleaner to Clean Outdoor Unit Every 6 Months
Spray the foam cleaner through the side vents, just like it is done with air conditioners. It will clean up the coil. Let the foam do its job for 10 minutes, and then use a steam hose to blow away the foam along with dirt.
Have a Professional to Perform Check Every Year
It is recommended because you cannot access every part of your heat pump and know its condition. A professional will have a deep look and adjust everything that is out of order. This is to ensure that your heat pump operates for as long as possible.
By following all of the said suggestions, you can be worry-free about your heat pump.
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