You can optimize your air flow on an HVAC system which can more evenly deliver air throughout your home, making it easier to maintain your desired temperature. More importantly, a smoothly running system will run more efficiently. When your furnace or air conditioner does not have to run hard to distribute air, you save money and prevent extra wear on your system.
What You Can Do to Improve Air Flow
There are many quick fixes that you can perform that will help improve your system’s air flow. These tips take little time or money to follow, but they may lead to dramatic improvements.
- Replace air filters regularly – When air filters are too old, they become clogged with dust. Not only do they no longer filter allergens and other particles out of your air supply, but the clogged filters don’t let air through as well. Depending on your area and HVAC system habits, air filters should be replaced monthly to yearly. Make sure that you are following the recommended schedule for your system. However, don’t hesitate to replace filters more frequently than recommended, especially if you notice an excess of dust in your home or if someone in your home suffers from allergies or respiratory problems.
- Keep air vents clear – It is easy to overlook air vents in the home. But when vents on or near the floor become covered or blocked by carpet, rugs or furniture, the entire system suffers. Make sure that you know where the vents in every room are located, and keep them and the surrounding area clear. Your rooms will heat or cool more evenly, and your HVAC system won’t have to run as hard.
- Seal up duct leaks – Old duct systems can have gaps in their joints. These gaps leak heated or cooled air before delivering it to your rooms. You can diagnose your own system with store-bought smoke testers, or you can hire a professional. Then, simply follow your ducts and find out where smoke is escaping the system. Seal up any gaps with duct tape, and make a note of the locations for future checks.
Keep Your HVAC System Tuned Up
Nothing compares to having your system checked and tuned up by a professional. Experts like Cooper Climate Control know that your air conditioner works hard, and we are available to check your system before summer starts. Regular maintenance includes cleaning air intake areas and topping off coolant and other fluids. A heating & cooling specialist from Cooper Climate Control will also check for cracks or leaks that may indicate a larger problem. These regular checks help prevent expensive repairs, and they will also ensure that your heating and cooling systems will run at their most efficient. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.