Since their mainstream introduction in the 1980s, heat pumps have become one of the most popular home heating and cooling options. There are several reasons for this, but the most important is that they are by far the most energy-efficient option in home HVAC systems.
Properly installed and maintained, a heat pump system can lower your electric bills while providing excellent year-round temperature control. Ductless heat pumps take this even further by giving you precise room-by-room control of your climate.
How does this happen, and how can you maximize your energy savings with a heat pump? Let’s take a look.
How Heat Pumps Reduce Energy Use
The key to heat pump efficiency relies on physics and chemistry to provide the most effective temperature control. Simply put, they move heat between your house and the outside – which is how they derived their name. Electricity is only used to run the core system and air blows.
This method is different from traditional heating and cooling systems, where electricity elements directly alter the temperature.
So, heat pumps have outstanding electrical efficiency. They can typically provide 3-4 kW of heat for every 1 kW of electricity used. Some newer models can even exceed this, up to a 5:1 ratio. That results in much lower electric bills for the same amount of heat as a traditional HVAC system can produce.
How To Maximize the Efficiency Of Your Heat Pump?
There are a few easy ways to ensure you keep getting high levels of energy efficiency year-round.
Seal any air leaks
Leaks are the bane of all air conditioning systems and can quickly raise your electric use through waste. Taking a little time to seal up any cracks (such as leaky windows) will go a long way!
Keep your system well-maintained
Ductless heat pump maintenance isn’t complicated, but your system should be checked out by pros about once a year to ensure it’s operating effectively.
Keep the outdoor unit(s) cleaned
You’ll have one or more outdoor units for your heat pump. These are vulnerable to trash and debris, particularly if they clog up the vents and intakes. Keep the outdoor unit(s) clear of litter for best performance.
Room-by-room climate control
With a ductless heat pump, you’ll be able to control each room’s climate separately. Make use of this to reduce energy use in rooms you don’t use so often.
Ductless Heat Pumps & Maintenance in Happy Valley
Mt. Hood Ductless is your Happy Valley ductless heat pump expert! To start saving money on your electric bills, contact us to know all about ductless heat pump maintenance and more!