Heat Pump systems operate on electricity, which can be produced with solar energy if you want to maximize your savings and they are ideal for homes in moderate climates. But the question arises, are they long lasting? The answer to this is simple- “they are not long lasting but their lifespan and efficiency can be maximized”.
1. Choose the right contractor - since it is a huge investment to make, think about the company wisely. Check their litigation history, paper work, online reviews, references and then make your final irreversible decision.
2. Check for warning signs - no matter how trusted a brand your HVAC is of, it won’t be immune to time or poor maintenance, even the most reliable equipment can break down, so check for early warning signs to avoid huge expenses. Warning signs like:
- Leaking refrigerant or water.
- Rooms in the home that aren’t cooling or heating the way they should, or the way that they used to.
- Thermostat malfunctions.
- Smells, particularly electrical smells, burning smells, or musty smells.
- An unexpected increase in utility or fuel costs.
- Frequent headache or nausea that may be a symptom of carbon monoxide from a furnace in need of immediate service.
- Increased sensitivity to or presence of dust and allergens
3. Regular servicing - in a given year, your heating and cooling equipment does an extraordinary amount of work. Moving huge volumes of air in order to control your climate requires a lot of energy, and a lot of moving parts that experience a lot of wear and tear. Over time, degradation and damage is inevitable. So regular servicing and tune ups will work wonders for the longevity of your HVAC systems.
4. Keep changing your air filter - Filters are in the air handler, capturing dust and other particles so they don’t go flying around your house with the temperature-controlled air. If these aren’t cleaned or repaired frequently, they can lead to a whole slew of very serious problems, including:
- Air restrictions
- Overheating of furnace
- Freezing of evaporator coils
- Higher bills
5. Programmable Thermostats - programmable thermostats are the way to go. They allow you to avoid unnecessary heating, and they lower your utility costs. Best of all they help maintain even, regular ON/OFF cycles for your HVAC system, which keeps efficiency high. As an added bonus, many modern thermostats are wi-fi capable and allow you to control your home’s heating and cooling from any approved and connected mobile device, including your cell phone.
6. Keep the ducts checked - ensure that the ducts are laid out efficiently and in a way, that adequately and evenly distributes air to rooms in your home. They are properly sealed and insulated. They are clean and free of dust, mold, and bacteria.
7. Appropriateness of ceiling fans - these are not summer specific, but can be used in winters too to make your HVAC’s more efficient by circulating air in reverse direction so that heat trapped distributes quickly and evenly through your home.
A heat pump helps offset your heating needs, but it does not replace the need for primary heating like a furnace. However, it does eliminate the need for a window AC unit completely, and it can be used all year long due to its duel heating and cooling capacity. Efficiency is the key to longevity. All the afore mentioned issues tend to shorten the lifespan of the equipment. Simply by paying attention to owner maintenance like filter changes and vent cleaning, you can be a part of maintaining your system at peak performance levels.