Improving your airflow is the most effective way to improve your indoor air quality and avoid duct buildup. Improved airflow will prevent your HVAC system from working harder than it needs to, resulting in increased efficiency. Here are five actions that can help you improve airflow in your Palm Beach Gardens, FL, home.
1. Schedule HVAC Maintenance
The first step in improving airflow in a room is to have your cooling and heating system serviced. Schedule an annual tune-up for your HVAC system to help it run more efficiently. During an annual tune-up, the maintenance technician will inspect your system from the inside out, clean it, and look for issues slowing it down.
As a homeowner, you should hire an HVAC professional to work on your filters, ventilators, humidifiers and UV light to remove indoor contaminants and maintain a clean indoor airflow. During maintenance, they can remove buildup that makes the HVAC system work harder than usual. They can also help detect duct leakage that obstructs airflow to various rooms and propose a solution.
2. Check the Vents
The vent condition can have a significant impact on the airflow in your home’s rooms. For the system to work properly, there should be enough air return vents. When the HVAC system is working properly, it produces high-quality air to distribute throughout your home, and the same amount of air should go back to the HVAC system for redistribution.
It’s critical to ensure that all the vents in each room are in good working order to improve airflow. To avoid overworking your HVAC system, make sure all the vents are open.
The size of the vent will also affect the airflow around the house. A vent that’s too large will reduce air pressure, and the air will not reach the intended rooms. A vent that’s too small will also affect airflow by limiting the amount of air passing through them, so it’s critical to make sure you have the right size vent to keep the pressure balanced.
3. Hire a Cleaning Service
Regular cleaning is important to remove dust that can clog your vents and air filtration components. Cleaning properly around your home will help reduce pollutants circulating in the air and improve the air quality in your home. Clean your air ducts, too.
To avoid damaging an air duct and having poor airflow throughout the house, make sure you schedule an air filter replacement as part of your cleaning. Cleaning your air ducts will improve not only the quality of your indoor air but also the efficiency and overall performance of your HVAC system. Hire a professional to clean your air filters and repair or replace any damaged components.
4. Inspect the Duct Run
If the duct run becomes blocked, disconnected or crushed, the poor or nonexistent connection can affect the airflow. To improve airflow in your home, make sure all ducts are in good working order and delivering the necessary air to all the rooms. If there’s a problem with the duct run, you will notice temperature differences in different rooms throughout the house.
During an HVAC installation, you should hire a professional to ensure that air gets distributed evenly throughout the room and at sufficient pressure. Disconnection or a crushed duct run will affect the air that should circulate in the rooms.
5. Use the Ceiling Fan
Consider turning on the ceiling fan to ensure proper airflow to all your rooms. Ceiling fans are beneficial if you don’t open your home’s windows or doors. The ceiling fan won’t lower the temperature, but it will provide a cooling effect, allowing you to raise the thermostat and save energy.
If you’re having trouble improving airflow in your Palm Beach Gardens, FL, home, get in touch with our team at Stephen K. Denny, Inc. We’ll be happy to provide all your HVAC repair, installation and maintenance services.
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