Additionally, we have a smart thermostat that is much more precise when it comes to managing all that cooling
Our heat pump is enjoying its quiet period. We live far enough south that we just don’t have much demand for heating from the heat pump. There are a few times during the winter when the temps drop and it gets chilly in the house. But honestly, we have a space heater that makes pretty quick work of that. So we pretty much leave the heat pump off during the winter. That’s about to change though. Spring comes quick to this region and I’m already noticing the first signs. It won’t be long before our heat pump is actually producing air conditioning night and day. Of course, we do our best to wait as long as we can in order to acclimate to the heat a bit. Getting adjusted to the heat and humidity makes it a bit easier for getting through the summer. Otherwise, I tend to just go from one space with air conditioning to another space with air conditioning. And we live in too beautiful a spot not to get outside during the summer. But this year, I really want to reduce the load on the heat pump. To that end, I’m going to seal up the house as tight as possible. All I had to do was go to the HVAC company website to find a checklist for getting our home prepared for summer. The tighter the house, the less demand is placed on the heat pump. Additionally, we have a smart thermostat that is much more precise when it comes to managing all that cooling. This year, we’re adding some mechanical solar shades that actually sync with the smart thermostat. I want to get as much longevity from my heat pump as I can so lightening the load a bit is an important step.