A heating unit uses thermal energy from a heat pump to absorb the warm air in a cold area and transfer that into your home. How well that the heat pump is able to transfer heat depends largely on how well maintained your heating unit is. If you increase your heating usage during the winter months, then you will also need to maintain the device more often. Something as simple as air flow can cause problems with your heating system's efficiency. If your heating system is struggling, it will work harder in order to meet your needs. Eventually, this can cause your system to overheat. Fortunately, there are a few tips that you can use in order to maintain your heating unit during winter.
Clean Out Your Filters Before Use
Your heat pump's filters clean the warm air before it is transferred throughout your home. Over time, dirt and debris will accumulate on these filters. When the dirt and debris become too thick, this cuts off the air flow from the heat pump to your rooms. As a result, your heat pump may be working, but your home may not feel warm because of the dirty filter. Therefore, check your filters before you turn on your heating system to ensure that the filters are clean. You can keep your filters clean by using a light cloth or brush to remove the dirt. If you have a disposable filter, you can just replace it with a new one.
Make Sure Snow is not Blocking the Outdoor Unit
If you live in colder areas, then it is not uncommon to experience a light frosting around your heating unit. However, when this frosting becomes extremely thick, then this can be a huge problem. This means that the heating unit is not heating properly. A major cause of this could be a blocked outdoor unit. Any snow that is allowed to build up around the outdoor unit can reduce its efficiency. The snow prevents the heating unit from generating enough air flow to warm up your entire home. Therefore, check the outdoor unit before each use to ensure that there is nothing blocking it from functioning properly.
You will most likely get more use out of your heating unit during the colder months than during summer time. Increased use of your heating device will require more maintenance. Therefore, use these tips to keep your heating unit in good condition during that time.
For professional assistance, contact a company such as All American Plumbing & Heating.