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Tidying The Yard? Tend Your Heat Pump While You're At It

May 29, 2012 | Blog

Your heat pump or air conditioner is crucial to keeping your home cool during our sizzling Coastal Bend summers. By keeping your cooling equipment in good working order, you may help it run 20-25 percent more efficiently, saving substantial utility costs. While you’re tending to the yard, take a little time and tend to your heat pump as well.

Boost your system’s efficiency

Well-maintained heat-pump systems match any high-efficiency air conditioner for minimizing energy consumption, while comfortably circulating conditioned air evenly through your home. The components most important to this task are the blowers, heat exchangers and refrigerant. Keep these components in optimal condition by following a few simple tips:

  • The outdoor casing needs to be free of airflow obstructions, such as leaves and debris that the wind may blow around.
  • Keep shrubs, fences and other obstacles two or more feet away from the unit.
  • The outdoor casing is exposed to the elements. This, of course, is normal, but you should still use a garden hose to rinse off the casing once in a while.
  • Use caution with landscaping equipment so you don’t damage any of the components such as wiring and tubing.
  • If you have a lawn sprinkler system, make sure the casing isn’t getting sprinkled, too. Chemicals in the water such as sulfur and chloride may lead to deterioration.
  • Inside your home, make sure you check your air filter regularly. A dirty filter reduces efficiency, and leads to poor indoor air quality.

Your heat pump is perhaps the most complex machinery in your home. This is the perfect time of year to have your system serviced by a heating and cooling pro. These are some of the checks performed:

  • Visually inspect the entire system.
  • Lubricate parts.
  • Inspect electrical connections and components.
  • Take airflow measurements.
  • Inspect your ductwork for leaks.
  • Check for refrigerant leaks.
  • Check refrigerant levels, and charge as needed.
  • Check cycles (heating, cooling, and defrost).

If you haven’t serviced your heat pump lately, contact CCAC, Inc. in Corpus Christi, and we’ll get your system up to speed.

Our goal is to help educate our customers about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).  For more information about heat pumps and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.

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