How can you maximize your heat pump’s potential for cooling and heating your home? The answer is to make sure the rest of your home is as energy efficient as possible. When it is, the heat pump can keep your home comfortable and your energy bills at the lowest levels possible.
Tips for Maximizing Your Heat Pump’s Potential
Here are a few tips on how to improve home energy efficiency and maximize your heat pump’s performance:
- Check your attic insulation levels. Inadequate insulation means higher amounts of heat penetration in the summer and heat loss in the winter. If you need to add extra insulation, you can go with additional batt insulation, add blown-in paper or fiber insulation, or go with a modern foam insulation.
- Add a radiant heat barrier on the underside of the roof. In a hot Florida summer, the amount of heat that builds in the attic is extreme. By adding a radiant heat barrier, some of the sun’s energy will reflect back out. This helps moderate attic temperatures which keeps the air conditioned space below cooler.
- Seal leaks between the attic and the living space below. Check around any ceiling openings and verify insulation levels. Use caulk or spray-in foam to seal these openings. Make sure HVAC vents running through the attic are properly sealed.
- Check windows and doors for air leaks. Many homes experience a 40 percent loss of conditioned air to the outside due to leaks. If you find a leak, use caulk or weather stripping to close the gap.
- Replace your appliances and HVAC equipment with Energy Star rated equipment. As your old appliances get to the end of their useful lifetimes, replace them with energy efficient products. This includes the water heater, HVAC system, stove, refrigerator and dishwasher, among others.
If you need more recommendations on how to improve home energy efficiency, contact us here at Aqua Plumbing & Air. We have been serving Sarasota and Manatee counties since 1974.
Written by John Miller