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 freezing in the house, and but honestly, we have a space gas furnace 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 am already noticing the first signs, but it will not be long before our heat pump is really producing a/c night and afternoon, and 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 a single space with a/c to another space with a/c. And we live in too fantastic a spot not to get outside during the summer. But this year, I certainly want to reduce the load on the heat pump. To that end, I am going to seal up the condo as narrow as possible. All I had to do was go to the HVAC company website to find a checklist for getting our cabin prepared for summer. The tighter the house, the less demand is placed on the heat pump. Additionally, we have a smart temperature control that is much more precise when it comes to managing all that cooling. This year, we’re adding some mechanical solar shades that really sync with the smart temperature control. I want to get as much longevity from our heat pump as I can so lightening the load a bit is an important step.