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With the weekly cold fronts that are sweeping through the Tampa Bay area during the winter months, it’s becoming even more critical to make sure that your heating equipment is working up to par. Here are three things you can do to keep your heat pump efficient all winter and ensure you and your family enjoy toasty comfort.

Pay Attention to Your HVAC Filter

A clean HVAC filter helps keep your heating system operating at peak performance. Dirty or clogged filters reduce airflow, causing your unit to work harder. Low airflow can also damage your compressor, which can be a costly repair. You should clean or change your filter at least every 3 months and more frequently, if needed.

Weatherize Your Home

Your heating system won’t be very efficient if the heated air escapes your home through leaky air ducts or attic hatches. You also don’t want cold air streaming in through gaps around your doors or windows, causing your heating unit to work continuously. Home weatherization saves you money by cutting down on energy usage, keeps you warmer, and reduces the workload on your heating system. Even small weatherization projects can significantly impact your comfort.

Opt for Programming

Typical average winter temperatures in the Bay Area fluctuate from the mid-70s to the mid-40s. To avoid constantly changing your thermostat to account for temperature change, consider installing a programmable thermostat. Programmable thermostats save on energy consumption and eliminate inconsistent heat. Whether you opt for a basic programmable thermostat or one with Wi-Fi capabilities, you’ll enjoy the enhanced comfort that comes with precise control.

Hopefully, you’ve already had a heat pump tuneup heading into the winter season. If not, it’s not too late to schedule one with our service pros. To learn more about keeping your heat pump operating smoothly and efficiently, check out the heating maintenance services we offer at Scott’s One Hour Air Conditioning and Heating or call 813-651-3485.