How do you know if your home has an air flow issue?
For the HVAC system to operate efficiently, it’s critical for air flow to circulate freely throughout the system. That includes a furnace, air conditioner, and ductwork.
Any number of restrictions could be impacting the air flow within. Common problems include:
Any problem within the system can lead to a weakening HVAC system, poorer air quality, and restricted air flow.
It takes more than blowing air to create a comfortable home. As conditioned air moves through the furnace or air conditioner, it must circulate correctly in order to heat and cool your home properly. Circulation is caused by a change in air pressure. Intake vents create low pressure, while output vents create high pressure. This pressure difference ensures air movement, keeping the air supply from settling in and stagnating.
However, if there’s a problem with the vents or any portion of the ventilation system, it can throw the entire system off. What can you do?
Keep vents open, clean, and operational – don’t shut them off if you’re attempting to control costs. The HVAC system was designed with efficiency in mind. You should also vacuum the vents occasionally, and ensure they aren’t blocked by drapery, furniture, or boxes.
Replace your air filter – this is the first line of defense for ensuring a clean air supply circulates throughout your home. Change it seasonally at a minimum, monthly if you have a busy household.
Seal your ducts – how old is your ductwork? It’s not designed to last forever. Yearly operation can create leaks along the joints, reducing the pressure inside your home. A full analysis by one of our technicians can help you determine if you have a problem with the ductwork, and how sealing may impact the air flow and comfort levels inside your home.
Notice hot or cold spots, or see an unusual amount of dust on your furniture? It could be a problem with your ducts. Improve your air flow and you’ll have a more comfortable home. Give us a call today.