If you need to keep down utility bills in order to manage your budget more comfortably, the HVAC system is a good place to start. That is, if you can improve the efficiency of HVAC system, you can cut into your utility bills by quite a lot. One of the best ways to reduce your utility bills is to clean your heat pump.

What the Heat Pump Does

The heat pump is a vital part of the air conditioning system. Some people mistakenly think, because of its name, that the heat pump is only associated with heating their home. In fact, the heat pump transfers heat out of your home and circulates the refrigerant through the lines. Basically, in order for cold air to be pumped into your home, warmer has the exit, and the heat pump does this.

How to Clean Your Heat Pump

The most important part of the heat pump is the evaporating system, which is made up of coils on the outside and inside walls of the unit. These are thin metal sheets that have small ridges. The biggest problems occur when the space between the individual ridges becomes clogged with dirt and debris. To put it as simply as possible, this will slow down the heat transfer process, make your heat pump use more electricity, and reduce airflow. It will also put more stress on the pump motor, which is going to reduce its lifespan. Basically, it is going to be detrimental to your system, so you want to try to keep your coils as clean as possible. 

Cleaning your coils is something that can be done with a hose and coil cleaning brush. Coil cleaning brushes are cheap and easy to find. These wire brushes are designed so you can basically comb dirt out of your coils. This straightens the coils and losses the dirt. Then, you get out the hose. Spraying out the coils with a strong water stream will remove most of the dirt. If water alone is not getting the job done, you will need to use a liquid cleaner to break down the grime.

Clean and straight coils are key to a well-operating heat pump. As you can see, the work is easy and the supplies will only cost about $10. It could have a positive effect on the efficiency of your system, so it is a job you should get started on right away. To learn more, contact an HVAC repair technician.