Finally, the heat of the summer will soon give way to cooler temperatures in the Florida Panhandle. That means you’ll soon be able to switch to heat. If you have a heat pump in your home, you’re using the same equipment that brings you that joyous air-conditioned chill on those sticky summer days. You should take care of your heat pump unit to ensure it keeps you warm on those cold and frosty nights.
Here are 5 ways to prepare your heat pump for those cooler temperatures that are about to come our way.
- Protect your heat pump from the elements
Your heat pump shouldn’t be installed underneath the awning of your roof where rain can pour directly into it. If it does, during the warmer weather, it’s not a problem. But in the cold, the rain can get downright icy which means it can freeze your entire unit. The easiest fix for this, or to simply protect a heat pump that has been properly installed, is to use a cover from the manufacturer to block these icy elements from getting in. You can also use plywood to lean over it as a makeshift shelter. Just don’t block the whole unit or you could cause problems with the heat pump’s performance.
- Set your thermostat to “heat”
When it cools down, you likely turn off your entire unit and enjoy the fresh air from your open windows. But once it gets too cold in your home, you’ll want that heat on. Simply make sure you’ve selected “heat” and you’ll be good to go. Your heat pump has a reversing valve that activates once you change your setting, drawing the heat from outdoor air and bringing it into your home for that warm and toasty feeling.
- Don’t panic about the defrost cycle
It’s very normal for moisture in the air to condense and freeze onto your heat pump. The sensors automatically turn on the defrost cycle which will send heat outside to help melt ice from your unit.
- Don’t forget your filters
Just like when you’re running the air conditioning, you need to be on top of checking your filters. If it looks dirty, change it. Keep extra filters on hand at all times and make a habit of checking it on the same day every month.
- Schedule maintenance as a preventative measure
You should make sure to have a professional check your heating system in the fall before the temperatures drop and again in the spring before that oppressively hot weather returns. Doing this will ensure all systems go, plus it will keep your utility bills from getting too high.
For your best service, call Air Care Air Conditioning & Heating Service in Crestview, FL at 850-682-1883. Family-owned and locally-operated since 1987, they can handle your heat pump needs in the Florida Panhandle so you’ll enjoy a cozier season.