Changing Your Heat Pump to COOL Mode

March 29, 2012

When most people think about cooling their home, an air conditioner is the first thing that comes to mind. However, for those of us with heat pumps in Cincinnati, we know that isn’t your only option! A heat pump can provide both heating and cooling systems for your home.

Like air conditioners, heat pumps simply use a heat absorbing refrigerant to move heat from one place to another. In the winter, that means moving heat from the outside air to inside your home and, in the summer, moving warm air from the inside to the outside.

Your heat pump won’t know when to switch over from heating to cooling on its own, though. And there are a few maintenance steps that you need to be aware of before you switch your system over for the spring and summer.

Readying Your Heat Pump for Cooling

Change Your Thermostat – The most important step, really, is changing your thermostat from HEAT mode to COOL mode. This is going to reverse the heat transfer process for your home so that your heat pump will be ready for the summer.

Fan Settings – No matter what anyone else tells you, keep your heat pump fan on AUTO all the time. Some misguided friend may tell you that leaving it ON all the time will provide constant comfortable airflow to your home, but they’re wrong! Your heat pump is meant to turn on and off during the cooling process of your home as it satisfies the temperature settings on your thermostat. That means that once the heat pump shuts down, the fan will continue to blow if it’s left in the ON position. Not only will this waste a lot of energy, but it will never allow your heat pump to switch to its defrost cycle, meaning it won’t be long before you’re dealing with frozen coils!.

Check Your Filters – Make sure you check your air filters! Dirty air filters prevent the flow of clean air in your home and keep potentially dangerous pollutants trapped in your home. Your air filters should be changed every 1-3 months depending on how often you run your heat pump.

Setting the Temperature – Keep your thermostat set at the highest comfortable temperature for your home.  This will save you energy and keep your heat pump from having to work extra hard to cool your home (which will increase the lifespan of your system).

Inspections – A good habit to get into is having your heat pump inspected twice a year: once before switching to heating mode and once before switching to cooling mode. These preventative inspections allow our HVAC experts a chance to ensure that your system is running properly and fix any minor problems before the start of the busy season when getting a heat pump repair in Cincinnati can be a real hassle.

If changing your heat pump to COOL mode gives you any trouble this season, call Rick’s Heating & Cooling today! One of our technicians will come out for your heat pump repair in Cincinnati, Morrow, Lebanon, Maineville or Mason, Ohio.