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What Temperature Range Should You Set Your Heat Pump at in Spring

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As a homeowner with a heat pump for your heating and cooling needs, you strive to find the right balance between comfort and energy efficiency. How you optimize your heat pump temperature settings will depend on your heating or cooling needs. You can save upwards of 10 percent on heating and cooling costs by adjusting your heat pump thermostat for seasonal climate changes.

The spring months often present a challenge for most homeowners when it comes to the correct heat pump temperature settings. High temperature settings require more energy use and it’s therefore important to be conscious about your thermostat’s set points if you want to avoid high energy bills. On the other hand, temperature settings that are too low can result in heat pump inefficiency.

Over time, you usually figure out the temperature settings that best suit your needs, but the recommended ranges are a great place to start. Below is a comprehensive guide on the ideal temperature range settings for your heat pump during spring to fulfill your heating needs without high utility costs.


The Problem with Spring


There is a good reason why optimizing temperature settings during spring can leave many homeowners racking their heads. While spring is a sign of warm days to come, it also comes with unpredictable weather that can be a hassle to adapt to. A warm spring day almost feels like summer, meaning you can have open windows and turn off the heat. The following day, the temperatures can drop well below zero.

Spring can present a constant cycle of needing to adjust your heating and cooling solution for sporadic warm and cold days. For many homeowners, this uphill battle can last all season. The good news is that heat pumps are an excellent solution for the dodgy spring weather. With the correct temperature settings, a heat pump will ensure comfortable living all spring while being energy efficient and reducing your utility bills.


Understanding How Heat Pumps Work


Before you get into your heat pump temperature settings, it’s important to understand what makes heat pump systems different from traditional heating solutions. Heat Pumps are one of the most cost-effective and eco-friendly ways to heat or cool your home. Heat pumps operate on the basic principle of heat transfer. Rather than burning fuel like a traditional gas furnace to create heat, a heat pump moves heat from one place to another.

The appliance pulls heat from a heat source like the air or ground and moves it into a heat sink, like your home, through the compression and expansion of refrigerants (refrigeration cycle). A heat pump can also reverse the process, cooling your home by removing heat from enclosed spaces and pumping it outside.

Traditional gas furnace systems push generated heat into the home intermittently through ducts thanks to furnace blowers. A heat pump also features ductwork. However, it doesn’t blast air through the duct periodically but moves air constantly instead.

Since it is constantly running warm air into the home, the air released is cooler compared to a gas furnace. A heat pump will typically utilize air between 90 and 100 ° Fahrenheit (32 - 38° Celsius), compared to the 120° Fahrenheit (49° Celsius) of a gas furnace system. When setting temperatures for your heat pump, it’s important to note that a little goes a long way since the unit is constantly pushing air into your home.

As such, you should aim for a heat pump temperature setting that reflects how you want your living spaces to feel. It is a misconception that running your heat pump at maximum temperature heats up spaces faster. Doing so only uses more energy for minimal benefits.


Ideal Heat Pump Temperature Settings During Spring


According to the Department of Energy, you should turn up your heat pump thermostat during the day and turn it slightly down at night. If the weather is warm outside, you can set the temperature anywhere between 64 and 68 ° Fahrenheit (18 – 20° Celsius). On cooler days, you can set the temperature between 68 and 72° Fahrenheit (20 - 22° Celsius).

Generally, when your home is occupied with everyone awake, an operating temperature range between 64 and 72°Fahrenheit (depending on the outside temperature) is enough to keep your home comfortably warm while ensuring your unit runs cost-efficiently. To achieve optimal heat pump efficiency, the temperature settings need to remain fairly consistent. You may set back the temperature just a few degrees during day time when you leave the house and overnight.

However, you should avoid setting the temperature too low from your usual operating temperature. Large heat pump temperature setbacks can actually result in inefficiencies instead of improving efficiency.

Conventional heating solutions like gas furnaces often utilize temperature setbacks overnight and during the day to increase energy savings. Furnace owners are usually advised to adjust temperature settings down some 7 to 10 ° Fahrenheit during the day and overnight to achieve energy savings.

It’s not difficult to see how homeowners coming from these heating solutions would assume the same works for heat pumps. However, that is not the case. It is not advisable to create big temperature setbacks for your heat pump.

When you greatly reduce the heat pump temperature setting from your home’s preferred temperature, your heat pump has to make a big jump when you need to get your home back up to the recommended 64 to 72° Fahrenheit range (18-22°Celsius).

It takes an air to water heat pump longer to heat your home compared to a gas furnace heating solution, meaning your heat pump needs to be on longer. A temperature differential of 10 degrees or more can cause your unit to activate the backup electrical heat strips. These are considerably more expensive to operate.

Overall, as the outside temperature fall, the energy efficiency of heat pumps tends to decrease. Therefore, a significant temperature setback is not a good idea considering the tricky spring weather.

Ideally, you want to aim for the temperature that’s most comfortable for everyone in your home, and then you can make minor adjustments from there depending on the outside temperatures.

The above is a general guideline from which you can work. Note that depending on where you live, spring temperatures and daily weather conditions can vary. You can increase or decreases the temperature you run your heat pump at to best suit your location, as long as the differential is not too large.


Additional Tips to Keep Your Heat Pump Functioning Efficiently in Spring


Overall, using your heat pump properly during spring goes a long way in maximizing its energy efficiency and reducing your energy costs. This not only involves setting the ideal heat pump operating temperatures but also practicing proper maintenance and following the steps below to ensure your heat pump functions efficiently during spring:


1. Ensure your home is well insulated


Proper insulation can ensure optimal comfort and reduce your utility bills significantly. With a well-insulated home, your heat pump doesn’t have to work as hard, making it more cost-effective to heat your home.

Insulation also enables you to set a lower operating temperature or even shut off your unit when no one is at home or overnight. If your home is adequately insulated, the temperatures will drop at a slower rate compared to a poorly insulated home. This may eliminate the need to have the heating system on.


2. Invest in a smart thermostat


Investing in a smart thermostat carries a lot of benefits regarding your heating and cooling needs. With a smart thermostat, you can customize your heat pump to only heat or cool your home when it’s occupied to save your utility costs.

The increased temperature controls allow you to improve the efficiency of your heat pump significantly with smart temperature schedules. To ensure you return to a comfortably warm home, you can set a timer to turn your heat pump on an hour before your get. You can also set it to turn on a few hours before everyone wakes up in the morning.

A smart thermostat also enables you to control your heat pump’s operating temperature no matter where you are. You can simply use your phone to connect to your thermostat system for remote access and control. A smart thermostat can also be programmed to adjust temperature settings automatically according to the outside weather.


3. Create a wind barrier around your heat pump


Some spring days can be windy. Strong winds or drafts carry away hot air, making it more challenging for the compressor to sustain adequate heating. This translates to high energy usage and bills.

If temperatures dip significantly, your unit may cease to function properly. It’s a good measure to install an enclosure around your heat pump that keeps away strong winds but ensures sufficient airflow through the unit.


4. Keep the unit lean and clear of debris


Spring is the perfect time to clean your appliance and clear out any debris surrounding the unit. A dirty heat pump unit makes the system work harder to extract heat from the outdoors. Consequently, your home may take longer to warm and force you to set higher operating temperatures, driving up your utility bills. Ensure there are no leaves, tree branches, or other objects on top of the unit.







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