Heat pumps have become very commonplace in homes today, and while they are a great investment for your heating and cooling needs, some people may find the condensing units to be a bit of an eyesore. They can take away from your beautiful backyard appeal so plants and shrubs can be an effective method for screening their appearance while also reducing the noise of the unit. However, heat pumps require free air circulation, so they do require space around them to function properly. Make sure that plants and other vegetation are at least three feet away to allow for proper airflow! This will also allow for space for service technicians to access the heat pump during your annual servicing.
It is important to clean your unit’s interior head on a seasonal basis. Springtime pollen loves to findits way into everything, and your heat pump’s filters are no exception! Cleaning these should be a routine task for any homeowner.
To begin, make sure your heat pump is OFF. Remove the front panel of the unit and remove the air filter and clean with a small vacuum brush attachment or better yet, rinse the filter with lukewarm water until clean, and leave in a clean area to dry completely.
Slide the air filter back into the unit, replace the front panel, and then use the small vacuum or a damp cloth to remove any dust or pollen that has accumulated on the units grilles. This will allow for a better and more efficient airflow!
Lastly, have a professional technician provide annual service for the complete system to extend the life and the quality of your investment!