Heat pumps are more efficient than typical HVAC systems, hence the reason an increasing number of homeowners are having them installed in their homes. They decrease energy costs, as homeowners can save as much as $400 to $1,000 each year. If you have a heat pump in your home and want to enjoy additional savings, follow these heat pump money-saving tips.
Schedule Regular Inspections and Maintenance
Expert HVAC technicians strongly recommend that you schedule regular inspections and maintenance on your heat pump once a year. Scheduling regular inspections and maintenance will not only maximize the lifespan of your system, but it will also enable you to become aware of small problems. You can then have them repaired before they balloon and cost you thousands of dollars. The following are some expenses you can expect to pay if you neglect to have an HVAC technician regularly inspect and maintain your heat pump.
- Heat pump compressor replacement– $1,000 to $2,500
- Replacing the condensing capacitor– $170 to $400
- Motor replacement–$250 to $650
- Replacing the wires– $150 or more
- Total heat pump replacement– $4,000 to $8,000
Keep in mind that the charge for service calls will be added, and these can cost you an additional $85 to $95.
The cost of an annual inspection and maintenance service call costs between $100 and $200. This cost is far cheaper than the thousands of dollars you will pay to fix problems that never had to happen in the first place.
Avoid Adjusting Your Thermostat Frequently
Frequently adjusting your thermostat will cause your heat pump to waste energy. Your heat pump will have to work harder to reach the desired temperatures in your home. The same is true if you continue to shut your thermostat off and then turn it back on after a certain period. Experts recommend that you set your thermostat to a comfortable temperature and leave it there, and allow the heat pump to remain running. This wastes less electricity and saves money on energy bills. Not to mention, changing your thermostat frequently will cause you to contend with system breakdown, which will cost significant amounts to repair.
Protect Your Outdoor Unit From High Winds
Another way to prevent premature system failure and keep money in your wallet longer is to protect your outdoor unit from high winds. To provide such protection, have your unit installed under your deck or at a section of your home that is shielded from the wind.
If you have not scheduled an inspection or maintenance appointment for your heat pump this year, now is the time. If you are ready to keep more money in your wallet and ensure your Charleston, SC home is comfortable, contact C&C Myers to make sure your heat pump is in top condition.