When you invest in a new piece of heating and cooling equipment, you want the biggest bang for your buck. That’s why it’s important to implement tips for top performance when installing a heat pump in your Amarillo home. These include the following:
- Make your home as energy-efficient as possible: Improve attic insulation, install energy-efficient windows, and apply caulk and weatherstripping to windows and doors for an effective outer barrier. Only have your new heat pump sized after making these changes, since your home may qualify for a smaller, less expensive system and enjoy lower operating costs for years to come.
- Install ducts correctly: If your home isn’t already fitted with ducts, never attempt a DIY (Do It Yourself) installation of ductwork yourself. Your contractor will make sure the ductwork installation is up to code. A new duct system will require a certified duct blast test.
- Insulate the ductwork: If duct runs are located in the attic, garage or crawlspace, make sure your contractor insulates them properly to reduce energy losses. All ducts should be sealed, regardless of where they are installed.
- Measure air leakage: The goal is to achieve less than 10 percent air leakage for the most efficient ductwork possible.
- Seek a return register in every room: By having multiple return registers, the pressure remains equal throughout the house, all rooms are heated and cooled more evenly, and you set yourself up for a zoning system if you ever decide to implement one.
These components of installing a heat pump ensure the best performance possible from your new investment. To learn more about heating and cooling your Texas Panhandle home efficiently, please contact Amarillo Air Conditioning today. We have more than 50 years of experience serving Amarillo customers.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Amarillo, Texas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about heat pumps and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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