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How to look after your heat pump in winter.



A heat pump is an efficient and environmentally friendly way to heat your home in the winter. However, like any heating system, it requires maintenance to operate at peak efficiency. Here are some tips on how to look after your heat pump in winter:


1. Clean the Outdoor Unit. The outdoor unit of your heat pump can become dirty and clogged with leaves, dirt, and debris. Clean it regularly, especially before the winter season begins. Remove any debris and hose down the unit to remove any dirt buildup. Consider adding a canopy or free-standing cover like OUTSTEEL which provides extra protection against garden debris.



2. Check the Filters. Heat pump filters should be checked and cleaned or replaced monthly. Dirty filters can cause the heat pump to work harder and less efficiently, which can result in higher energy bills.

3. Inspect the Ductwork. Inspect the ductwork to ensure there are no leaks or damage. Leaky ducts can reduce the efficiency of the heat pump by allowing warm air to escape. Seal any leaks with duct tape or mastic sealant.

4. Test the Thermostat. Make sure the thermostat is working properly by testing it before the winter season starts. If it's not working correctly, replace the batteries or call a technician to repair or replace it.

5. Schedule a Maintenance Visit with a professional technician to ensure your heat pump is working properly. A professional technician will inspect the heat pump, clean it, and perform any necessary repairs.


6. Clear the Snow and Ice. If you live in an area with snow and ice, make sure to clear it away from the outdoor unit of your heat pump. Snow and ice can block airflow and reduce the efficiency of your heat pump. Again, you may consider installing a canopy or free-standing cover like OUTSTEEL to provide extra protection against unpredictable winter weather.




7. Don't Overwork the Heat Pump. Avoid overworking the heat pump by setting the thermostat at a moderate temperature. Don't turn the heat up too high, as this can cause the heat pump to work harder and less efficiently.


In conclusion, looking after your heat pump in winter is essential for efficient and cost-effective heating. By following these simple steps, you can ensure your heat pump is working correctly, and you can stay warm and comfortable throughout the winter season.


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