HIBLOW Teaches Homeowners About the Importance of Air Pump Enclosures

Why air circulation and shade are critical to the life of your air pump.

SALINE, Mich. - Michimich -- For the past 20+ years, linear diaphragm air pumps have been the heart of most residential aerobic septic systems – also referred to as aerobic treatment units (ATU's).  However, that was not always the case.  For years, rotary vane compressors were the most common and the technology required an enclosure to keep the pump protected from the elements. As a result, enclosures (seen below) were installed and became the standard.

Linear Diaphragm Technology – Outdoor UL
HIBLOW aerators and other linear diaphragm pumps in the industry are rated outdoor UL, meaning they can stand alone without an enclosure, regardless of the weather. A HIBLOW aerator has an aluminum housing that in essence is the enclosure.  However, much of the industry still uses the same enclosures designed for the rotary vane with the belief that it's required.  While some enclosures can be beneficial, others can be detrimental to the life of the aerator.

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Heat is the Enemy
HIBLOW's diaphragms are made from EPDM rubber. The hotter the environment, the faster the diaphragms will wear and rupture. Other rubber materials such as the base and filter gaskets will wear quicker in the heat as well. You can't control the temperature at your location, but you can put the pump in the best position to be successful. Keeping the aerator out of direct sunlight and allowing sufficient air circulation is the best way to extend the life of your pump.

Read our article to see the results of our heat test! https://www.hiblow-usa.com/2023/04/25/linear-diaphragm-air-pumps-covered/

If you want to extend the life of your aerator and save yourself some money, find a way to maximize air circulation and keep the pump shaded. If you have any questions regarding enclosures or your HIBLOW air pump, please give us a call.  We would be happy to make some suggestions on how to improve your set-up.

About HIBLOW USA: With the help of our HIBLOW aerators, wastewater systems serving homes and businesses are ensuring that only treated water is entering the environment. Aquaculture systems, powered by our air pumps, are working to feed a growing population. Our air and hydrogen blowers can be found inside fuel cells—helping to provide cleaner electricity and more efficient backup power.

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