It happens every year: the weather drops and our heat pump use spikes. If this sounds familiar, you might be starting to worry about the state of your power bills this coming winter. But there’s no need to fret – heat pumps are energy efficient source of heating, especially when you use these six hacks that will help save you money this winter.
Clean your filter
It’s the simplest thing yet people forget to do it all the time! The truth is your heat pump is at its best when its filter is clear of the dust and dirt that accumulates over time. Think of it like a vacuum cleaner: get rid of everything the filter catches and you’ll notice a huge difference in how it runs.
Look after your outdoor unit
The heart of the machine needs to be free of debris and bugs in order to keep your house warm. Maintain the outdoor unit by weeding the area, removing any plants encroaching on its space, getting rid of dried leaves that have piled up and spraying it for those pesky cockroaches.
Don’t constantly turn your heat pump on and off
Do you blast your heat pump to warm up, then turn it off as soon as the room reaches temperature, only to then turn it on again a little while later? This on and off technique is not efficient! You’re far better off using it at a moderate heat and keeping it on as long as you are home and cold.
But also, don’t use it 24/7
That said, heat pump specialists also advise against leaving it running all day and night. There is a myth that this is the most efficient way to use your heat pump, but it is not, so give it a break every now and then. Keep it off when you’re out of the house for long periods of time and turn it off overnight, setting it to come on just before you wake.
Make use of the timer
Along with warming the house before you wake, another great use of the timer is to set it to come on half an hour before you arrive home after work. Not only is there nothing better than walking into a cosy house, but this will also prevent you from blasting the warm air in an attempt to warm up fast.
Learn about your heat pump’s modes
Fans, auto, dry, heating, cooling – your Mitsubishi heat pump has a lot of different modes for a reason. While the auto mode can be useful, in this setting it will try to keep the room at the set temperature and ending up sending out cool air if the room exceeds it.
It might take a little trial and error to find what works best for your home, but using the right mode at the right time will keep you warm and dry while saving you money. Your heat pump technician will be more than happy to help you figure out what works best for your house and lifestyle.
Want more information on making the most of your heat pump this winter? Talk to the team at BOP Heat Pumps today.