VERMONT 802-328-7755 / MARTHA'S VINEYARD 508-419-0660 / BERKSHIRE + CAPITAL REGION 518-320-8354
WE CURRENTLY SERVE VERMONT, MARTHA'S VINEYARD, THE BERKSHIRES & NEW YORK'S CAPITAL REGION.
WHY CLEAN HEAT PUMPS?
FOR YOUR HEALTH
When cleaned annually, your mini-split heat pump purifies the air in your home, capturing mold, dust and debris. Without an annual cleaning, it produces and spreads mold and other allergens that reduce indoor air quality dramatically. This can lead to serious health problems.
Your annual cleaning brings your heating and cooling system back to the high level of efficiency you expect, a 10-25% increase, according to the engineers at the Dept. of Energy. It often pays for itself in savings on your electric bill!
FOR PEACE OF MIND
Protect your investment: It's just like changing the oil in your car, the annual maintenance that keeps your heating, cooling, and air purifying system working for years to come. We stay on top of scheduling your annual cleaning, keep your heat pump working at peak performance, and prevent costly and inconvenient repairs.
Some folks call it a mini-split; some call it a heat pump. Whatever you call it; we clean it!
Love them! Who knew I was due for my annual mini-split cleaning , I didn't- they did. They promptly sent a tech at a convenient time, (who was on time too). Nate, the tech was very professional, incredibly thorough, honest and friendly, with several years of experience. He took the time to explain what he was going to do, and made sure that all my paintings, etc, were out of the way and safe before he started. He changed the filter, was in and out in an hour. Wish every tech was like Nate (I am asking specifically for him again) and that every company was this professional- quick, easy and painless. Thank you!
Toni Temple Navarro
Based on past experience with a previous heat pump maintenance service, we had very low expectations. However, We Clean Heat Pumps was exceptional. Making the appointment was easy. It wasn't then cancelled or postponed and eventually forgotten (what we'd become used to). Phone calls weren't ignored for months. Responses were always quick, informative, and congenial. The day of the service arrived and we got a call from the representative: he was running early! That set the tone for the call. We were able to accomodate the early arrival and Rutger was at the door as anticipated. We have 3 wall units throughout the house and he described the entire process, which actually turned out to be a thorough cleaning and system check (compared to the quick look that we were used to from the previous service). When he finished, there was no doubt our heat pumps had been thoroughly cleaned and checked. Moreover, Rutger was friendly, personable and forthcoming on anything we thought to ask. Highly recommended!
We had our heat pumps (3) cleaned this week by We Clean Heat Pumps. We have never had such a thorough cleaning of our heat pumps and the technician, Rutger, was informative and a pleasure to talk to as well. He was also punctual and left the areas he cleaned neat and tidy like he never was there! Highly recommended!
- FILTERS NEED TO BE CHANGED REGULARLY.
MOLD, DUST & DEBRIS
- ONE YEAR OF ACCUMULATION ON AN INTERIOR CONDENSER.
- SIGNIFICANT MOLD BUILD-UP ON INTERIOR UNIT
- NATURE FINDS A WAY
- BOTH INTERIOR AND EXTERIOR UNITS REQUIRE ANNUAL CLEANING.
DUST BUILD-UPFILTERS NEED TO BE CHANGED REGULARLY.
MOLD, DUST & DEBRISONE YEAR OF ACCUMULATION ON AN INTERIOR CONDENSER.
MOLDSIGNIFICANT MOLD BUILD-UP ON INTERIOR UNIT
WASP'S NESTNATURE FINDS A WAY
EXTERIOR CLEANINGBOTH INTERIOR AND EXTERIOR UNITS REQUIRE ANNUAL CLEANING.
WHO WE ARE
Green Energy Times
We Clean Heat Pumps
Heat pumps get dirty and every heat pump requires annual cleaning. Images WeCleanHeatPumps.
Heat pumps are such a game-changer, heating or cooling our homes using electricity. And doing it cleanly?
Yes, if we clean them, which is something many home-owners don’t take into consideration. But failure to properly maintain mini-splits can have an impact on both efficiency and health.
If cleaned, heat pumps remove mold and bacteria from indoor air. If not maintained on schedule, however, they accumulate dust, dirt, hair, mold, pollen, and grease on the fan and coil, a breeding ground for bacteria which they then circulate. They can also lose 10-25% of their energy efficiency. An annual cleaning by a professional usually pays for itself in terms of electricity costs, with improved indoor air quality as icing on the cake.
But isn’t this something that can be done by the homeowner? No, according to Gabriel Erde-Cohen, owner of WeCleanHeatPumps in Westminster, Vt. Monthly cleaning of filters is essential to keeping a heat pump working efficiently. But most people only use a vacuum cleaner or acidic spray, which Erde-Cohen likens to washing your hands with cold water and no soap. It’s a superficial clean which doesn’t get at the gunk deposited on the coils. These are easy to damage; improper cleaning can leave them bent and rusting, and require costly repairs.
The technicians at WeCleanHeatPumps use specialized tools, a calibrated low-pressure washer, and biodegradable, nontoxic, non-acidic soap to clean deep inside the interior and exterior units, areas the homeowner never sees. “People don’t really know why I’m there until I start cleaning,” says Erde-Cohen. “If I invite a homeowner to watch me clean, they always understand.”
Erde-Cohen got into this business when his wife and father-in-law, heat pump installers with Saxtons River Solar, needed someone to clean the units they install. Erde-Cohen bought the specialized equipment and gleaned information on the internet from technicians in other countries. WeCleanHeatPumps is the first company in the U.S. focused solely on heat pump cleaning.
The environment is a strong motivator for Erde-Cohen, whose background is in small farming. Dirty heat pumps use more energy and deliver less heat or cooling. They’re a drain on the electrical grid. “I want to clean all of them,” Erde-Cohen says.
But indoor air quality is turning out to be the prime motivator for his customers. The difference can be dramatic. Customers mention that they’ve been sick for years, and that the deep cleaning provided by WeCleanHeatPumps has greatly improve their health. That’s even more important now, in the time of Covid-19. “I’m not going to claim that we can stop a virus,” Erde-Cohen said, but notes that air quality has been a significant factor in infection outcomes. As people spend more time at home, indoor air quality has become even more important.
WeCleanHeatPumps employs seven people, and serves Vermont, contiguous areas of Massachusetts, New York, and New Hampshire, and Martha’s Vineyard. The company creates partnerships with installation companies, and cleans all of Green Mountain Power’s leased units, as well as setting up annual contracts and one-time cleanings with individual home-owners. Technicians work alone; the job takes about an hour and a half, and the slurry of dirt and soap removed from the heat exchanger—gross, but biological in origin—can be safely dumped in the drain gutter or on the driveway.
Erde-Cohen sets prices so that he can pay his employees well, and make the cleaning pay for itself in electricity savings. Clean, filtered indoor air is a free and valuable bonus. Learn more at www.wecleanheatpumps.com.
Jessie Haas has written 40 books, mainly for children, and has lived in an off-grid cabin in Vermont.