Operating Your Heat Pump Maintaining your new heat pump is essential to its performance and ultimately its longevity. It is important to remember the following tips to ensure the highest level of heat pump performance. Clean the air filters once a month, or as needed. The inside air handling unit needs a constant flow of air to work efficiently. When the filter gets dirty, it causes the air handler to work overtime just to get air through the unit. Some air filters can be cleaned with water or by lightly vacuuming them. Keep the outdoor condensing unit free from debris. If leaves, dirt, and other debris clog the intake, this will cause the unit to work less efficiently, and can lead to damage of the components. It is very important to remove snow or ice buildup during the winter. Don’t cover your heat pump to try to protect it from outdoor elements, the units are designed for outdoor use. Make sure vents inside the home are clear. If you have furniture blocking a vent or have curtain/drapes in front of unit the room won’t warm or cool properly. This makes the entire system work harder. Clean the vents. When you’re clean air filters, take time to clean the air intake vents. Like the filters, if the vent gets clogged, it causes the air handler to work harder than it should. Have an annual checkup. An HVAC technician can check the entire system and see if there are any leaks or other problems that need to be addressed. This helps the system to work more efficiently, and also prolongs its life. Winter Heating Tips Try not to set your thermostat over 70. Make sure your home is properly insulated so heat doesn’t escape. Lock the windows to reduce the warm air escaping your home. Make sure all heating vents are clear from obstruction. Lower thermostat when hosting a large number of guests. Summer Cooling Tips Try not to set your thermostat below 72 degrees. Make sure your attic is properly ventilated. Draw blinds or drapes to block the sunlight during the hottest part of the day. Set your ceiling fans to rotate counter-clockwise. Use your grill and cook outside as much as possible..