March 24, 2015

Vent Cleaning, AC Filters And More: 5 Basics To Increase Home Airflow

Do you feel like your HVAC system just isn’t doing the trick anymore? There could be a number of reasons why your unit isn’t performing up to snuff, but one of the most common is low airflow. Do you need a vent cleaning? Have you changed your air filter in a while? Here are five simple tips to increase the airflow of your HVAC system.

  1. Change Your AC Filter Monthly — If your air conditioner filter is blocked, your HVAC system has to work significantly harder to cool your home. Dust particles are unavoidable, no matter how spotless your home is, and these get sucked into the filter so you don’t breathe them in. But this means that your filter needs to be changed once a month. Regular and habitual filter changes allow for freer, cleaner airflow and improve your indoor air quality. Plus, they aren’t very expensive and can be purchased in bulk.
  2. Check Your Vents — If just one or two rooms in your house are stuffy, your vents should be checked. It seems like common sense, but these are easy to forget! Return vents that pull air in are just as important as supply vents that push air out. Vent cleaning quickly solves this problem. Just remove the vent cover and vacuum out excess dirt and dust. Then, use soapy water to wash the vent cover. Make sure your air conditioning system is turned off before you start HVAC vent cleaning to avoid having dirt blown in your face!
  3. Inspect Your Ducts — Look for breaks or gaps in your air duct lining. You don’t want air that should be circulating through your home seeping through gaps in your air ducts. Calling in a professional to repair your ducts is the easiest and most effective way to get the job done.
  4. Close The Gaps — Not only should you avoid gaps in your air duct lining, but you should also avoid them in your house. To keep the air flowing freely from your HVAC system to each room, you must address gaps in your windows and doorframes. If you feel outdoor air seeping in, you can be sure that indoor air is flowing out as well. Seal these gaps with caulk, or keep heavy drapes closed over your windows.
  5. Insulate As Much As Possible — Most homes have wall, floor and attic insulation. But, there are still improvements to be made! Consider having your insulation replaced or added to. Since warm air rises, your attic is a vulnerable spot for air to escape. Keep air in with attic insulation, and maintain regular airflow.

Now that you’ve got a handle on airflow, you’re set to tackle more DIY projects around the home.
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