There are several reasons why cleaning your heat pump regularly is important. Routine cleaning not only ensures that your heat pump is working properly, but protects you from pollutants that gradually accumulate inside heat pumps such as dirt, dust, or mold.
Cleaning the internal and external components is essential for the optimal performance of your heat pump. Keep reading to learn more about the importance of cleaning your heat pump to maintain performance and reduce pollutant exposure inside your home.
The Importance of Cleaning Your Heat Pump
For optimal performance and cleaner air, heat pumps need routine cleaning for maintenance and upkeep. The internal and external components of heat pumps naturally accrue pollutants as air circulates through the heat pump. When neglected, these pollutants will decrease the efficiency of your heat pump and force your heat pump to work harder, which will hike up your utility bill.
In some cases, replacing or cleaning the filter and a quick wipe down of the exterior is sufficient to keep your heat pump running efficiently. If not, then your heat pump may need a deep clean before your heat pump’s performance sees any improvement.
The Drawbacks of Using a Dirty Heat Pump
Using a dirty heat pump for a prolonged period increases the wear on internal components and poses a health risk, especially to those with pre-existing respiratory problems. Some symptoms of using a dirty heat pump are:
- Mold growths
- Emission of strange odors
- Reduced lifespan of your heat pump
- Decreased efficiency in heating or cooling
You can prevent these symptoms through regular cleaning and maintenance of your heat pump. Heat pump filters should be cleaned or replaced at least once a month to prevent the over-accumulation of dust, dirt, and other pollutants. When filters are not cleaned or replaced, the efficiency of the filters is drastically reduced and results in the re-circulation of pollutants back into the air.
Depending on the temperature and humidity levels, mold will also grow inside heat pumps if not cleaned properly. When breathed in high enough quantities, mold poses a health risk and can cause illness. Mold typically grows inside the drain pan where condensation is collected.
As particles accumulate inside your heat pump, your heat pump will have to work harder and use more energy to expend the same amount of heat. Aside from a higher utility bill, this also wears down the components inside your heat pump at an accelerated rate.