It may seem hard to believe, but we’re coming to the end of the summer season. That means that soon you’ll be relying on your heating system to keep your home comfortable, rather than your air conditioner. That is, unless you’re using a heat pump as a climate control system. If that’s the case, you’re going to need to make sure that you schedule maintenance for the system before you start using it heavily this fall. Yes, even if you’ve already had the system looked at this year. Read on to find out why it’s important to schedule maintenance for a heat pump system twice a year.
The Benefits of Maintenance
Far too many people think that they can save money by avoiding calling for repairs unless it’s absolutely necessary. The truth, though, is that avoiding using preventive maintenance will actually cost you more in the long run. Most problems that afflict HVAC systems, including heat pumps, don’t give off easily recognizable signs until they’ve had the chance to develop for a while. By the time you notice that something is wrong with your system, it is likely too late to prevent the problem from causing damage.
By contrast, preventive maintenance allows your HVAC expert to find and repair problems with your system before they have the chance to harm it. Studies have shown that climate control systems that receive preventive maintenance regularly are up to 40% more energy efficient, and up to 90% less likely to develop problems in the future, than systems that do not. If you consistently schedule preventive maintenance for your system on an annual basis, you can expect to save potentially thousands of dollars in repair and operating costs.
When to Schedule Maintenance for Your Heat Pump
The majority of climate control systems only need preventive maintenance once a year. This is because they only have one season out of the year during which they are put under heightened strain. For heating and air conditioning systems, this is obviously during winter and summer, respectively. Heat pumps, however, operate a bit differently.
A heat pump is used as both a heater and air conditioner, and so it has twice as many high-stress seasons as other systems. This means that the system accumulates double the amount of wear and tear as its single-season counterparts. If you want your heat pump to benefit from preventive maintenance as much as other climate control systems do, you’re going to need to schedule it twice as often.
Ideally, a heat pump should receive professional maintenance once during spring and once during fall. This resolves any preexisting issues the system might have, and ensures that it’s in the best possible shape for the coming high-usage season. If you are not able to schedule maintenance during those times, for whatever reason, then you should still make every effort to have maintenance done on the system twice a year.