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Improving Energy Efficiency with Your Heat Pump System

If you own a heat pump system, chances are you’re already operating with energy efficiency. Here in Olympia, heating systems need to keep the cold wet weather at bay, and because heat pumps don’t actually generate heat – merely transferring it from refrigerant into the surrounding air – they don’t need nearly as much energy as more traditional forms of heating do. That being said, you can still take steps toward improving energy efficiency with your heat pump system. Here’s how.

For starters, it’s important to have your heat pump regularly maintained with help from a qualified Olympia heating systems technician. He or she will clean the dust off of the internal components, clear clogged lines and tighten any loose bolts and fittings. It helps the heat pump waste less energy, which can lower your heating and cooling bills accordingly.

In addition, you may want to consider augmenting a stand-alone heat pump system with a smaller auxiliary system, such as n electric heater. Heat pumps tend to lose their efficiency on days when the temperature drops below 40 degrees Fahrenheit. We have fewer of those than people back east do, but we still get our share. A smaller electric furnace joined with your heat pump can help it through those cold days while still retaining an overall efficiency.

Finally, it pays to monitor the flow of air form your heat pump and to watch for signs of a refrigerant leak. Both can cost your heat pump in terms of efficiency and both can be readily corrected by a trained technician. Air flow should run between 400 and 500 cubic feet per minute, and you can spot refrigerant leaks by looking for frost build-up on the system’s coils.

For more tips on improving energy efficiency with your heat pump system, contact the experts at Sunset Air. We operate out of Olympia, heating systems like heat pumps are standard subjects of our services, and we have the experience and expertise to make your heat pump system as efficient as it can be. Call us today to make an appointment. You’ll be happy you did.

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