How to Improve Air Flow in Your Home
If you’re struggling with finding the perfect temperature in your home, or constantly having to adjust the thermostat because you’re too cold or too hot, you might need to take a closer look at the air flow from your vents. Continuously cranking the thermostat up or down won’t make much of a difference if you have blocked or limited airflow from the vents into your home. Take these steps to increase air flow and energy efficiency of your heating and cooling system.
Change Your Air Filter Regularly
If you aren’t already, you should be regularly checking your air filter for dirt and debris that can slow down or completely block the flow of air. During months of heavy usage (in the summer for your air conditioner or the winter for your heater) you should be checking and changing the filter on a regular basis. Change your filter at least every 3 months in order to help your system efficiently and effectively cool or warm your home without wasting energy and money.
Clean Your HVAC System
Airflow problems that are not solved by regular air filter changes are possibly caused by a dirty coil or blower in your system. Dirty coils/blowers result in reduced air flow passing through the air handler, which causes the air to die off in the ducts before reaching the vents to warm or cool your home. It is also possible that ductwork has come loose in your system, and a simple reattachment repair will solve the airflow problem you’re experiencing. Call a repairman to determine if your system needs repairing or just a simple cleaning.
Have an Inspector Examine Your Duct Design
If changing your air filter on a regular basis or having your coils and blower cleaned doesn’t solve the problem with your air flow, you may have duct design issues. When systems have issues with the duct design, air flow is blocked or slowed severely, and it often dies off before reaching the vents. In order to determine if you have duct design issues, contact a professional to test and repair ductwork issues.
It’s important to remember that you should always contact a professional before attempting to clean, repair or diagnose your heating and cooling system for problems. Changing and checking your air filter on a regular basis is something that can easily be handled without the need for a professional. If you’re unsure how to check or change your air filter properly, a repairman or the manufacturer will be happy to provide more information. Serious repairs to your heating and cooling system need to be handled by a professional to avoid accidental damage.
Problems like limited air flow generally turn out to be minor and repairable. Make sure to have your system inspected if you suspect that you may have poor duct design or dirty coils blocking the airflow into your home. Adjusting the airflow into your home will help to keep your home the right temperature without costing a fortune in utility bills.