3 Things That Will Improve the Air Flow in Your Home
Spring is in the air! It’s time to think about being outside and prepping for the heat of summer. Some homeowners may be focused on spring-cleaning and may too busy to realize that their electricity bill is higher than normal. One of the factors that may be making your home uncomfortable is decreased airflow.
Airflow may not be on your mind very often, but it should be! It is a critical component of home comfort. In fact, your heating and cooling system depends on the ability to access and condition the air in your home.
If your system is having airflow trouble, you may be experiencing some of the following issues:
- Lowered efficiency: Your system may be working harder than it should be. This will lead to decreased efficiency and may shorten the lifespan of your equipment.
- Weak air stream: If you notice that it’s taking longer and longer for your home to reach your desired temperature, it may be due to less treated air being able to reach the rooms of your home.
- Poor indoor air quality: Have your allergies been acting up more than usual? It may be due to weakened airflow triggered by dirty filters.
- Higher utility bills: When you opened your last utility bill, did it feel like they were playing a joke on you? If your bills have become outrageous, it’s time to call for a maintenance appointment.
- Emergency repairs: If you wait too long, you may be in for a very expensive repair/replacement.
There are a few common culprits that can cause poor airflow:
- Closing registers and vents: Although it may seem like closing vents in one room will up the airflow in another room, it may do more harm than good. Closing a supply vent will not signal to your air conditioner to work less, but it will increase pressure in your air ducts. This will put unnecessary strain on your blower. If the blower fails, you are in for a costly repair.
- Loose ductwork: When was the last time you had your ductwork inspected? Leaks will allow treated air to escape. If you suspect a leak or disconnection, have a technician take a look.
- Items are too close to your outdoor equipment: Your HVAC system needs room to work! If there are plants, toys, or gardening equipment too close to the unit, it may prevent the equipment from working properly.
- Dirt and debris on your outdoor condenser: If your outdoor unit isn’t shown some love from time to time, it may cause your equipment to become less efficient.
- Dirty filters: It doesn’t seem like an important step, but it’s a simple step that can make a big difference.
So, what can you do? Luckily, there are three, simple things you can do to make sure your equipment is receiving proper airflow.
1. Change your filter frequently: Set a reminder on your phone to change your filters when the seasons change.
2. Schedule an annual ductwork inspection: By setting up an annual inspection, you will have one less thing to remember and a technician can check for small problems before they become big issues.
3. Set up maintenance appointments for your equipment: Schedule time to have your cooling equipment maintained in the spring and your gas furnace maintained in the fall. This will put you ahead of the HVAC busy seasons (summer & winter) when it is much harder to schedule an appointment.