Did you recently move into a Wisconsin home that has a heat pump? If you’re new to having a heat pump, you’re probably wondering exactly what it does and how it can run most effectively. Allow us at Abner Boiler & Heating Company of Fitchburg, WI to give you an overview on the residential heat pump.

How It Works

Unlike a furnace or radiant heating, a heat pump does not create its own heat. Instead, a heat pump pulls warmth from the outside air and then pumps it into your home. Many people in moderate climates prefer a heat pump because it also can double as a cooling unit during the summer months.

Tips for Heat Pump Use

Many industry professionals note that a heat pump can be an energy-efficient way to heat your home, depending on the climate in which you live. If your home has a heat pump, help it work at peak efficiency with some of the following maintenance and usage tips:
  • Utilize a programmable thermostat. When you aren’t home or when you’re cozy in bed, program your thermostat to run at a lower temperature (during winter months). A few degrees can save you many dollars over the course of the month.
  • Check the sealing and weatherstripping around your windows and doors. Drafts in your windows or doors can easily let cold air in and warm air out. By sealing these cracks or small holes, you can keep the warm air where you want it.
  • Determine whether your home is properly insulated. Without good insulation in your walls and attic space, you can often heat your home in vain. If you’re unsure whether you have enough insulation, you may want to hire a home professional.

Heat Pump Repair

If the heat pump in your Wisconsin home doesn’t seem to be operating properly, contact Abner Boiler & Heating Company at (608) 274-3077. We serve the home owners of Madison, Sun Prairie, Fitchburg, Stoughton, and the surrounding areas. Our heat pump repair technicians can assess your heat pump and determine whether repairs or replacement is in order.