Unlike a boiler or furnace, a heat pump can be used in both the winter and summer months. With a flip of a switch, you can easily change between heating and cooling modes. For you to get the most out of your heat pump, the professional AC troubleshooting and replacement experts at Air Products & Services share these do’s and don’ts to keep in mind:
Do Let in Just Enough Light
You get great benefits from natural light, including your daily dose of Vitamin D, less reliance on artificial lighting and increased productivity. However, windows transfer a large amount of heat indoors, which can affect your heat pump’s ability to maintain comfortable temperatures. You don’t have to close all your curtains, blinds and shutters during the day though — just in some areas where natural light won’t be needed. This ensures your heat pump doesn’t have to work harder than necessary, which may otherwise lead to higher energy consumption.
Don’t Rely on Auto Mode
Some homeowners assume that “AUTO” mode is the most efficient setting to use on their heat pump during the summer season. But most technicians advise against using this setting simply because it can toggle between heating and cooling modes. Automatically switching between modes isn’t necessary and it only leads to more energy consumption, while your home isn’t as cool and comfortable as it should be. Instead, set your heat pump to “COOL” during summer to maximize its efficiency.
Do Minimize the Space That Needs Cooling
Another way to keep your home cool and comfortable efficiently is to reduce the amount of space your heat pump is trying to cool. You can do this by closing any open doors to prevent the cool air from escaping as well as closing the vents in unused rooms. This shortens the amount of time needed for your heat pump to cool key areas in your home that are occupied while also keeping the energy expenditures low.
When it comes to heat pump and AC repair and replacement, Air Products & Services is your best choice for the job. Call us today at (818) 989-2030 or submit an online form! We serve customers in Tarzana and the surrounding areas.