Besides your mortgage, your utility bills might be your most substantial monthly expense. Of course, most of your utility charges are unavoidable. However, there is a good chance that your system is not as efficient as it could be, and that you could reduce your bills quite easily. You don't need to invest in a brand new, energy efficient, natural gas furnace or low wattage condenser unit to reduce your monthly bills. This article explains one way that you can reduce your bills with some basic DIY furnace air pump maintenance.
The Significance of the Furnace Air Pump
Keeping your furnace in good repair and clean is one of the most effective ways to ensure that your AC and heater are working as effectively as possible. The furnace air pump is responsible for creating airflow when either your AC or heater is running. If the pump is not working at maximum efficiency, your system will be wasteful because all of the conditioned air, whether it be heated or cooled, will not be forcefully blown throughout your ducts.
How to Clean Your Furnace Air Pump
To clean your furnace's air pump, you need to open up the main cabinet. Most furnace cabinets need to be properly shut down before you can actually work on the pump. First, you open up the main cabinet panel and look for the power switch. Once the power is turned off, you should also turn off the gas control by twisting the control knob. Now, it will be safe to work on your furnace, without any risk of it turning on.
The pump is the largest component in most furnaces, so it is easy to see and clean. You can use a number of tools to clean your pump, but a hose vacuum with a bristle attachment is probably the most useful. This way you can carefully remove dirt from the pump without knocking any important wires. Also, you want to avoid using too much liquid. You can use a slightly damp rag to wipe down the furnace pump, but you don't want to spray cleaner directly into it, because of the risk of damaging something electrical when the unit is powered back on. Once your pump is clean, make sure you turn the gas and power back on before closing up your furnace cabinet.
This simple and quick job could definitely make your HVAC system more energy efficient.