Have you found yourself asking: “Should I leave my heat pump on all the time?” Heat pumps are an efficient way to heat your home, but you may have heard differing opinions on whether you should leave your heat pump running or turn it off sometimes (like when you are not home). In this post, the professionals at Gold Star Services provide guidelines.
Should I Leave My Heat Pump On All the Time?
Heat pump heating systems are one of the most cost-effective ways to heat your home. Two schools of thought exist when it comes to keeping your system running all the time or turning it off on occasion. Some argue that when you shut your system off entirely, the space cools down so much, your system needs to work extra hard to heat the space again, canceling out any benefits you gained from shutting the system off.
On the other hand, if you live in a well-insulated home, the space will take much longer to lose heat to the point of discomfort after you shut your system off, and it won’t put as much strain on your system to bring temperatures back up. Whether it’s best for you to run your system full-time or shut it off at night and while you are at work will largely depend on your space. Of course, temperatures should always be kept at a safe and comfortable level for pets, children and the elderly, and you’ll want to ensure you don’t put any pipes in danger of freezing and bursting.
Programmable thermostats provide an effective middle ground here––you can set a schedule for your system, allowing temperatures to drop between 8- and 10-degrees Fahrenheit at night, only kicking on in the event of extreme temperature drops. Set the thermostat to turn the heat back on and bring it to a higher temperature about half an hour before you wake up. You can also program your thermostat to a slightly lower temperature while you are away during the day, for example, while you are at work.
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