We know that with the continued mild weather of this fall that the last thing you want to think about is snow. However, if you use a heat pump HVAC system, you need to keep the outdoor unit of your heat pump clear of snow throughout the winter months. This is a simple but critical step needed to keep your heat pump running well. Not sure why? Let us explain more below.
How Your Heat Pump Works
You already know that your heat pump provides your home with both heating and cooling. To change modes, all you have to do is press a button on your dual-mode thermostat. But a lot more goes on with your heat pump.
During the winter months, your heat pump, with the help of the refrigerant in the system, absorbs the available heat in the outdoor air (there is always heat in the air, even when it is cold outside). The heat collected is concentrated inside the heat pump and then dispersed to your home’s living spaces.
The problem that develops when snow covers the cabinet of your outdoor unit is that it blocks your heat pump from access to the air. This means your heat pump will struggle very hard to absorb the heat needed to heat your home. By brushing the snow off the top and sides, and clearing the base of snow build-up, you can ensure that your heat pump has access to all the air it needs.
What Happens If I Don’t Clear the Snow?
Your heat pump will be under undue stress if it doesn’t have access to the outdoor air. This may manifest by showing an inability to heat your home properly or by overall malfunction.
The experts from Boehmer Heating & Cooling are here to help you with all of your heat pump needs in Upper St. Clair – all you have to do is give us a call!