Winter Energy Saving Tip: Heat Pump
Is your electricity bill higher than normal? If your bill has unexpectedly increased all of the sudden, this means that your heating unit, specifically your heat pump, may be in need of a repair.
There are numerous factors that can cause a higher electricity bill.
- A poorly insulated home
- Inefficient home appliances
- Cracked or open windows
These factors are just wasting energy and causing your heating bill to rise.
If you know that your home is properly insulated, you have efficient appliances, and your windows are closed or sealed, that means there is only one mechanism that could be causing the higher bills. That’s a problem with your heating system.
A higher heating bill usually points to a specific part of your heating system, this is the heat pump. Trane describes a heat pump as: “a mechanical-compression cycle refrigeration system that can be reversed to either heat or cool a controlled space. Installation for this type of system typically consists of two parts: an indoor unit called an air handler and an outdoor unit similar to a central air conditioner, but referred to as a heat pump. A compressor circulates refrigerant that absorbs and releases heat as it travels between the indoor and outdoor units.” So basically, the heat pump extracts outside heat and moves it inside. The heat pump moves warm air and does not generate or make heat.
During winter months, your heating bill will be a little higher because that’s when your heat pump runs more often. A major sign of a heat pump not working properly is almost always a higher than normal electricity bill.
A list of common problems that need a certified HVAC technician to fix the problem include:
- Outdoor unit not running, using back-up heat
- Low refrigerant charge
- Unit needs cleaning and servicing
- Bad valves
- Compressor not running
- Unit has ice on it due to a malfunction
If you have any questions about increased electricity bills and think that it could be a problem with your heating system, call Holland Heating & Cooling at 810-653-HEAT.