The Real Value of Keeping Your Heat Pump Maintained 12/01/2017A lot of people debate whether they should spend their money on heat pump maintenance each fall. It’s hard to spend money on something that you can’t necessarily see or touch. That’s why Hopkins Air Conditioning, Inc. is here to tell you what your money will get you—beyond the appointment with your service technician. Read on to learn about the real value of heat pump maintenance. Prevent Damage from Dirty Air Filters You hear about the importance of changing your heat pump’s air filter all the time—and for good reason. Keeping a clean air filter is no joke. A clean air filter can: Prevent poor heating. A dirty air filter inhibits proper airflow through your heat pump and can cause your heat pump to struggle to keep up with your heating needs. Keep your indoor air clean. A dirty filter can hinder one of the air filter’s most important jobs: filtering contaminants from your air. Allergens like dirt, dust and debris can circulate throughout your home with a dirty air filter and cause health problems for those who suffer from allergies, asthma or other respiratory issues. Reduce energy consumption. A heat pump with a dirty air filter isn’t nearly as efficient as one with a clean air filter. Avoid heat pump failure. It may seem too simple to be true, but a dirty air filter can actually cause your heat pump to break down. Furnaces can become overworked trying to circulate air through a dirty filter, and cause certain heat pump components to fail and leave you in the cold. In fact, we see this problem often in West Palm Beach winters. Save money by avoiding unexpected heat pump maintenance or replacement. The cost of a heat pump maintenance appointment is very little compared to the cost of the emergency weekend repair you may need if your poorly maintained heat pump unexpectedly quits working. Just as a dirty air filter can cause problems for your heat pump, so can other components if they’re not cleaned regularly. Your technician will also check for budding problems during maintenance and take care of them before they become big problems. Lower your energy costs. According to the Department of Energy, heating and cooling accounts for about 48 percent of the energy use in a typical U.S. home, making it the largest energy expense for most homeowners. On its website, the department says, “By combining proper equipment maintenance and upgrades with recommended insulation, air sealing, and thermostat settings, you can save about 30 percent on your energy bill while reducing environmental emissions.” As you can see, the cost of heat pump maintenance actually provides great value. If it’s time for your heat pump to be checked out and cleaned up, give Hopkins Air Conditioning, Inc. in West Palm Beach a call at 561-656-4255. You can also conveniently schedule your appointment with us online. We look forward to helping ensure you get all the benefits that come with a well-maintained heat pump.