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8 Ways NOT to Use Your Heat Pump

We spend most of our time teaching you how to use your heat pump and other HVAC systems. But, it’s equally important to know what not to do with your home heating systems. Learning how not to use your heating system can extend its life and improve energy efficiency and home comfort. That’s why this article explains all the ways NOT to use your heat pump.

Heat Pumps: What NOT To Do

1. Obsess about the temperature reading.

Heat pumps measure room temperature a bit differently than other heating systems. Take a few days to find the temperature that feels right for you and set it at that. Then, leave it alone.

2. Leave your existing heating system temperature up high.

If you crank up your existing heating system, it’ll compete with your heat pump, resulting in more energy consumption and higher energy bills. Use your existing system as a backup heat source by setting it to about 10 degrees lower than you’re used to. You might also consider installing integrated controls.

3. Be easy on the heat pump.

Although it might seem strange, you actually want to use your heat pump for as much heating as the system can handle. This way, you can truly benefit from the superior energy efficiency that a heat pump offers

4. Adjust it all the time.

You shouldn’t change the temperature of your heat pump like you might be used to doing with your old or existing heating system. For example, if you normally adjust the thermostat in the morning before work or at night when going to bed, don’t do that with your heat pump. Heat pumps are different. They operate most efficiently by maintaining a set temperature. Find the setting you like and leave it to do its job.

*Note: You can turn it down if you’ll be gone for more than 24 hours.

5. Set it to “Auto” mode.

“Auto” mode is not the most efficient setting. If you set your heat pump to “Auto”, it might change between heating and cooling unnecessarily. Set it to “HEAT” in the winter and “COOL” in the summer to achieve maximum efficiency. 

*You can set your heat pump to “AUTO FAN”, as it’s a different setting and totally fine to use.

6. Use the lowest fan speed.

It might seem counterintuitive, but your heat pump will run most efficiently when the fan is set to a higher speed. A higher fan setting will produce more air movement and result in more noise. So, set the fan on the highest speed that you’re comfortable with and program your desired temperature.  

7. Worry about the swap-over point.

A swap-over point is the exact temperature below which it costs less to run your backup heat system than your heat pump. However, it’s difficult to determine since there are a variety of factors involved. You should use your heat pump as much as possible unless your backup heat source is really affordable. You might only need to use your backup heat source on extremely cold days.

8. Forget regular maintenance.

Just like any heating system, you can’t forget to maintain your heat pump. Look in your manual for what you need to do to upkeep your unit and make sure to schedule annual maintenance for your heat pump. And always keep the outdoor unit clear and free of snow and ice. This will keep your heat pump running well and efficiently.

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