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A heat pump can be a great way to heat your home if your local climate allows for it, but like any heating system, when you turn it on, you expect it to heat your home to a certain temperature. If you want your home at 72, but your heating pump is struggling to keep your home at 68, there could be a few causes you can check.

Ice on The Outdoor Unit
If your heating pump can’t keep up, you will want to check the outdoor unit. If it is just the condenser that has frosted over, running the defrost function on the heat pump can fix that. However, if ice is more widespread or the outdoor unit isn’t running at all, you will want to call your HVAC technician.

The Vents are Closed
It happens more often than you’d think. If the supply or return vents got closed accidentally or were never opened, it will affect how your heat pump runs. The efficiency of your heat pump depends on its ability to receive fresh air and dispense air to your home. When you are inspecting your heat pump to see if it is still functioning, you will also want to check to see if all the vents are fully open.

Too Much Cold Air Is Entering the Home
If your heat pump doesn’t have a supplemental heating system to fall back on, it can struggle when it gets colder. However, its performance can also be affected by cold air entering the home. This includes more than just having a window open. Instead, it can mean leaks in your duct work or poor insulation in the attic. Both issues let cold air into your home and allow the heat produced from the heat pump to dissipate before it even gets into your home. Contact us today for more information!

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