Heat pumps are a wonderful invention, particularly for residents of South Florida and other areas with very mild winters. They transfer hot air from inside the house to the outside and can keep your home cool throughout the steamy summer months. That same unit can also get rid of the chill that settles in the air around January and February each year. However, to keep your heat pump working smoothly, you need to change the air filter in your heat pump regularly.
How the air filter in hour heat pump works
The air filter in your heat pump should be removing dust, allergens and other tiny particles from your indoor air before it gets circulated throughout your home. Obviously, the cleaner the filter, the more efficiently the filter can do its job. When shopping for an air filter for your heat pump, look for the MERV (minimum efficiency reporting value) rating. The higher the number, the more efficient the filter. The scale runs from 1-16 for residential use, and unless you have special air quality concerns in your home, most professionals recommend a MERV rating between 6 and 12 for a good balance between maintaining clean air and proper system airflow. Your trusted HVAC professional can advise you on the best air filter in your heat pump.
Why you need to change your air filter often
For most heat pump systems, heating and cooling professionals recommend changing the air filter in your heat pump as often as once a month during the seasons when it works the most, and as needed during the rest of the year. Changing your air filter regularly helps to extend the life of your heat pump. Plus, a heat pump with a dirty or clogged air filter uses more energy than one with a clean filter, causing your utility bills to increase.
If you need help with your heat pump or if you'd like to schedule an annual service visit for your unit, please contact us at Robert R. McGill Air Conditioning. We've been helping residential and commercial clients in eastern Palm Beach, northern Broward and southern Martin counties since 1979.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Palm Beach County, Florida about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).
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