We are taking the following precautions due to the COVID-19 virus. All of our technicians have masks, glasses, latex gloves and shoe booties if they have to enter your home. Our technicians also have hand sanitizer and disinfectants that they use after every call.
If we are there to do maintenance and we don’t have to come inside your home to get to the equipment, we are asking homeowners to adjust the thermostat for us so we can do the system maintenance without entering the home. We will not be shaking hands and will keep our distance from customers.
Heat pumps are all about airflow. They require airflow to drive heat exchange, comfort and efficiency. If you haven’t performed a basic maintenance check this season, or if you’ve noticed uneven airflow and temperatures, check these components.
Air Filter: The air filter is a vital device that helps protect heat pump components from inefficient operation and damage caused by debris accumulation, such as early air handler failure. Check your air filter monthly during regular heat pump use, making sure it fits snugly in the slot. You should select at least a mid-efficiency pleated filter for better performance.
Outlets and grills: The supply outlets and return grills should be wiped or vacuumed each season. This helps maintain airflow and eliminate the re-introduction of airborne contaminants.
Evaporator coil: The evaporator coil is located inside the air handler (in split-system heat pumps). Keeping the evaporator coil clean promotes better heat exchange and lower energy bills. The evaporator coil can be recognized by its copper tubing and closely-spaced fins. Using a soft brush and cloth, wipe away any dust and debris buildup on the coil. If your coil is very dirty, it may need to be chemically cleaned or steamed by an HVAC professional.
Condenser coil: Your outdoor condenser coil needs a strong airflow as well. You should periodically check around your unit for debris, vegetation and ice accumulation during the heating months. You should spray your unit off during the fall and spring with a garden hose to help remove debris that has collected inside the cabinet.