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4 Ways to Get the Most from Your Heat Pump This Winter

As we turn over yet another page on the calendar of 2018, we welcome in those freezing cold winter months where we rely on our central heating system to keep us toasty. We start adjusting timers and ramping up thermostats to take the edge off on those dark, dreary winter mornings.

 

But fiddling with the dials and buttons of the central heating system opens up the possibility not only of spending a lot of money and resources on getting a warmer home for longer, but also increases the chances of the absolutely dreaded breakdown.

To keep those scenarios at bay, we’ve compiled a small guide on how to get the most out of your ground source or air source heat pump this winter. These four simple tips are designed to help you get the most out of your heat pump without sacrificing cost.

 

1. Make sure your heat pump is ready for winter

The very first thing you should be thinking about is ensuring your heat pump is ready for the colder months with your annual maintenance service. This will ensure your unit is running well and will include simple system checks such as air and system filters, anti-freeze levels, leaks, loose electrical connections or tightening any vibrating components. This can go a long way to ensuring your heating system will stay fully operational during freezing cold temperatures.

While heat pump systems are generally low-maintenance, an annual service by a trained installer is highly recommended for peace of mind that your system is working to its full capabilities.

 

2. Maintain a constant temperature

For a heat pump to fully heat a property from cold, it requires a considerable amount of electric. Heat pumps do take longer to warm up from cold than their gas/oil counterparts because they are sized to match the continuous heat loss of a building. An oil or gas boiler, on the other hand, are typically three-times oversized related to the property, meaning they have excess power to heat a property from cold.

To get the absolute most from your heat pump, and to reduce the amount of electricity required to keep your property warm, we recommend to leave your thermostat on constantly at a set temperature (approximately 18 – 21 degrees) during the winter months. This way, you’ll be using a lot less electricity to heat the system from cold and at a fraction of the cost.

Systems such as those in the MasterTherm range are Inverter driven units and have a tremendous advantage over other units that have a fixed temperature output. The sophisticated on-board controller will speed up or slow down the heat output to match the exact amount of heat a property needs. Keeping the property at a constant temperature allows the heat pump to operate at the maximum possible efficiency.

 

3. Don’t let the warm air out

A well-insulated home can make all the difference in getting the most out of your heat pump. Heat escaping through those little nooks and crannies, or even a mistakenly left-open window or door, can make a huge difference to the efficiency of your heat pump.

For best results and maximum cost-saving, ensure that all windows and doors are closed and curtains are drawn at night, keeping all that toasty warm heat your home and your hard-earned money in your pocket.

 

4. Only fully heat the space you need

One of the common ways to lose heat in your home is by warm air escaping into an un-used space such as a study or spare bedroom.

As tempting as it may be to shut off the heat to a room that’s not being used frequently, this cold space will act as a vortex for the heat you’ve generating elsewhere in the house. Another downside is that when it comes to use the spare room for your last-minute gift wrapping, it’ll take a lot longer to feel the warmth of heating from a heat pump than a traditional boiler.

To avoid this, it’s recommended to have the heating system continuously running but setting the thermostat at approximately 14 - 16 degrees when not in use. That way, you’ll reduce the chance of losing warm air and less energy will be required to heat the space when it comes time to using it.

 

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Following these four simple guidelines over the winter months will ensure that your heat pump and central heating system are running at maximum efficiency, saving you money and keeping you warm until the summer sun returns again.

For more information about ground source and air source heat pumps, click here to see our FAQ page.