Are you investigating a heat pump as a cooling solution for your home? If so, you likely have heard the “heat pump vs. central air conditioning” debate. AC units are generally installed with enough power to cool an entire house. But they may not deliver cooling evenly in a larger house. Heat pumps can work modularly, and may be a great addition to a central AC system to cool specific home zones. Heat pumps are now quite popular in the San Francisco Bay Area as a result.
A Heat Pump Adds Flexible Zoned Heating and Cooling to Bay Area Homes
Heat pumps draw heat from outside and transfer it into your home’s interior in winter. In summer, the same unit reverses the process. This which makes them a little more efficient and less expensive to operate than a big AC unit. But, how do you get the most out of a heat pump once installed? Let’s take a look at how you can take advantage of heat pump benefits.
Use Your Heat Pump Throughout the Year
Unlike an air conditioner, a heat pump can heat or cool a home. So, you can use a heat pump in your home throughout the year, even if you’re in the middle of an unseasonably cool summer or a warmer winter.
Keep Your Home at a Comfortable Temperature
Since heat pumps operate throughout the year, you can conceivably set your thermostat to one comfortable temperature at all times. Some heat pumps have an “auto” mode that will adjust the temperature based on the weather, but this isn’t always very efficient. If you want to get the most out of your heat pump’s efficiency, set your pump to an all-purpose cooler setting in the summer and a warmer setting in the winter. Or just set the system to keep your home at one temperature throughout the year.
Clean Your Air Filters Monthly
Whether you connect your heat pump to your home’s HVAC system or to a set of mini-split units, you must still clean or replace your air filters regularly. Check them once a month, and replace them if they’re getting too dirty. That should improve the airflow in your home and raise the efficiency of your heat pump.
Work with Element Home Solutions to Add a Heat Pump to Your Home
If you need more information about how heat pumps work in Bay Area homes, talk to us. Element Home Solutions has been installing them for years in homes from Santa Rosa to Silicon Valley from our offices in Oakland and San Jose. Our staff will be happy to answer any questions you might have about heat pumps and help you decide if having one would be best for your home.