Operating a Heat Pump
For the homeowner, operating a heat pump is similar to operating a furnace. The thermostat or programmable electronic control is set at a comfortable level, 20 degrees Celsius is a good starting point, and adjusted up or down until the homeowner finds their preferred comfort level. Once established, it is left there. If there is a setting for the fan, generally leaving it in the “auto” mode will result in the best performance.
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Additionally, the ductless mini-split systems often comes with a remote control so that room occupants can easily adjust the system if needed.
Compared to a furnace, the homeowner will notice that heat pumps tend to run longer because their heat output is lower. However, today’s high efficiency electric motors keep electricity consumption to a minimum.
Maintenance is similar to a furnace as homeowners need to check and replace filters periodically. As with a conventional furnace, a contractor should be called in once a year to do an annual maintenance check-up on the system.
Learn more and locate a qualified contractor to service your air conditioners by going to the Heating, Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Institute of Canada (HRAI) Contractor Locator page, or calling 1-877-467-HRAI (4724). All HRAI member contractors have been pre-screened and have the required trade licences, technical certifications and insurance coverage to service on your system.
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