It’s That Time of Year

Posted On: November 26, 2018

Schedule Your Heat Pump or Furnace Maintenance Before You Need Heating Repairs

With winter just around the corner, it’s time to start preparing your heat pump and furnace units for the cold weather. By starting your preparation early, you’ll help keep your systems running efficiently all winter long. Your heat pump and furnace are two of the most important parts of your home. Without proper maintenance, your home may not stay warm, you might waste energy and drive up energy costs, or harmful emissions could enter your home causing safety hazards.

Maintenance doesn’t have to take a lot of time or cost a lot of money, but it can help you save time and money in the future. Here are the top heat pump and furnace maintenance tips to keep your home warm this winter.

Heat Pump Maintenance

A heat pump is an energy-efficient way to heat your home in milder climates. Rather than generating heat by burning fuel, a heat pump uses electricity to move heat energy from one area to another. Even in winter, the cold air has heat energy that a heat pump can transfer into your home. A heat pump can work effectively in temperatures as low as 35 degrees Fahrenheit. When the temperature drops further, the heat pump’s electrical backup heater kicks in.
To keep your heat pump working efficiently, there are some simple maintenance steps that you should take now to prepare for winter.

Clean or replace your heat pump air filters.

  • Keep the heat pump clear of debris, as debris can block the coils and fan and can potentially damage the unit.
  • Ensure proper airflow around the heat pump by clearing the area around the pump and trimming trees and bushes if necessary.
  • Have your heat pump inspected by the team at Short Pump Heating and Air.

Your heat pump provides energy-efficient heat to your home, so to save on costs and keep your family comfortable this winter, set aside some time to complete these steps and schedule a service call with our team.

Furnace Maintenance

A furnace is another common and effective heating system that uses natural gas, propane, or electricity. Air is heated in one area and then dispersed throughout your home through your ductwork and vents. The combustion process quickly generates heat, and the heat exchanger transfers the heat to the airflow in your home’s duct system.

Your furnace keeps your home warm even during extreme temperatures, so here are some ways to keep your furnace running efficiently this winter.

Ensure all exhaust pipes and drainage tubes are securely fastened.

  • Test the area and smell for gas. If it smells like rotten eggs, the furnace has a gas leak, and you should contact a professional.
  • Dust the internal components of your furnace and clean the flame sensor.
  • Change your filter at least every three months.
  • Schedule a full inspection with the team at Short Pump Heating and Air.

Spending a few minutes on regular maintenance can help your furnace perform better during the winter. It’s always a good idea to have the team at Short Pump Heating and Air inspect your furnace or heat pump system before you turn it on for the winter season.

Partner with Short Pump Heating and Air

The best way to prepare your home’s HVAC systems for winter is to partner with the heating experts at Short Pump Heating and Air. By scheduling a routine inspection, you’ll keep your family safe and warm this winter. Contact us today to set up your heat pump or furnace inspection service.

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