When considering our home's heating and cooling needs, most of us think about the standard furnace or air conditioning units to do the job. We're all familiar with these heating and cooling units, as they've been an essential part of the home for more years than we've been around. But, these days, there's another system, called a heat pump, that can be a viable and often more efficient green alternative to traditional systems. There are several kinds of models, and they each operate a little differently, but basically, a heat pump sucks in air from one locale, and can either cool or heat it, depending on the season. Then it transfers the treated air back into your home, keeping you comfy all year long. If you're unfamiliar with heat pumps and how they work, it should be noted that they're operated by the same thermostat you have on the wall in your home and require no special gadgetry or training.
Like traditional HVAC units, heat pumps require regular maintenance to operate at peak efficiency and save you money on your energy bill. A licensed pro from Davenport Service Company, dedicated provider of HVAC service in Olathe, can come to your home and perform this important heat pump maintenance, but in the meantime, there's one important thing you can do yourself. Keep plants and other obstructions away from your heat pump. Obstructions restrict airflow, reducing its ability to heat and cool your home.
Like traditional air conditioning units, most heat pump models are meant to be installed outdoors. This is due mainly to the fact that some models can generate a lot of noise. It's tempting to locate it in a closed off area to minimize the noise, but take care in screening it off. Heat pumps require a fair bit of space in order to get the airflow they need to do their job. Some HVAC experts say the average heat pump requires 2-3 feet of free space on each side, so don't let plants like shrubs or bushes grow too close. Keep them trimmed away for the heat pump, and if possible plant them well back from the unit. If it's impossible to keep them trimmed, consider removing the intruding shrubbery altogether.
It's not just plants that can be a problem. Playground equipment, large toys, gardening sheds, garbage cans, recycle bins, outdoor patio walls, and even old-fashioned laundry lines can block important airflow, reduce efficiency and raise your energy bill.
If you're noticing extra high energy bills, or reduced effectiveness on your heat pump, give us a call. You may fear refrigerant issues or thermostat problems, but more often than not, it's a simple obstruction that's costing you money. Let one of our qualified technicians help you!
Founded in 1980, Davenport Service Company has provided "Customer First" service in Johnson County, Kansas for over three decades. We provide 24/7 emergency service, preventive maintenance service, and seasonal tune-ups for commercial and residential heating and air conditioning systems. Call 913-441-2222 for hassle-free scheduling today!