heat pumpWinter is coming, so don’t wait until it gets cold to prepare your heat pump system. If you’re proactive about taking preventative steps, your HVAC system will be able to weather the winter without much trouble.

Top tips for preparing your heat pump to withstand winter:

Clear the area around the system

Airflow problems could be caused by branches, leaves, or snow located within two feet of your unit. These items can lead to North Myrtle Beach heat pump efficiency problems and restrict airflow.

Clean your HVAC system filter

Dirty filters can block airflow, making your HVAC system work harder, use more energy, and result in higher utility bills. Air filters should be changed based on the type of filter and the amount of dirt they collect. Regularly changing your filter will help your system perform better.

Adjust the thermostat settings

You have three settings to choose from: heat, cool, and emergency heat. Set your thermostat to heat mode if you plan to use your heat in the fall. Emergency heat mode should only be used if your unit is not working properly or is iced up. Note: Emergency heat can be more costly than regular heat mode.

heat pumpSchedule maintenance

It’s important to inspect your system annually, ideally before the arrival of colder weather. Waiting until the coldest season can make it difficult to schedule an appointment, as this is the HVAC industry’s busiest season. An HVAC maintenance plan can help prevent 90% of equipment failures caused by dirt, increasing efficiency and extending your equipment’s life.

Maximize Heat Pump Performance in Winter

Heat pumps operate differently in winter compared to summer. During the winter months, it’s crucial to be cautious with your system to get the most out of it and prolong its life.

Why is it different in winter?

Heat pumps in North Myrtle Beach don’t produce heat; they move heat from one place to another. They can draw heat from the air even in cold temperatures, although their efficiency may decrease below freezing. With careful usage, you can ensure that your winter performance remains high.

Here are some tips to maximize the performance in winter:

  1. Avoid setting the thermostat too high (e.g., to 90 degrees) to heat your home as it will slow down the heating process and consume more energy. Consider using a smart thermostat for  systems to save money and maintain comfort.
  2. Reserve emergency heat for actual emergencies. This mode is highly inefficient and can lead to increased energy bills.
  3. Regularly clean your filter to prevent air blockage, extend your system’s life, and improve indoor air quality.
  4. Ensure that your outdoor unit is free from leaves and other debris to allow optimal airflow.
  5. Avoid covering your system; it’s designed to withstand outdoor conditions during winter. Covering it can lead to issues like mold growth and pest infestations.
  6. In extremely cold temperatures, prevent ice buildup on your system. Keep your unit in defrost mode, which is a normal function. If it remains in defrost mode for an extended period, it may require heat pump maintenance.
  7. Schedule regular professional cleaning and maintenance at least once a year to maintain efficiency and prevent unexpected breakdowns.

If you have any questions about winter heat pumps or need assistance in choosing the right unit , don’t hesitate to reach out to North Myrtle Beach Heating & Air. We can help you schedule routine maintenance.

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