Sometimes increasing airflow in a home via the HVAC system will improve its comfort level, especially if it feels stuffy or has problem areas in some locations. It may be as simple as performing normal maintenance, or require the services of an HVAC professional. Either way, improving airflow is a cost-efficient way to get more enjoyment from your heating and cooling system.
- Clean the air filter. A dirty air filter for your home's HVAC system decreases the amount of air the fan inside the blower compartment can pull, reducing the amount of air that reaches each of your rooms. Check the filter monthly when your system is running routinely, and change it when it's dirty.
- Keep the registers clear and clean. Dust can gather on the register covers that impedes airflow into the room. Check to see the register isn't covered or blocked, especially if they sit low on the wall or the floor.
- Seal leaking ductwork. HVAC professionals, like those at P.K. Wadsworth Heating & Cooling, can identify how much and where leaking ducts contribute to poor airflow. Not only do ductwork leaks waste energy dollars, they degrade indoor air quality.
- Boost the airflow. Rooms that are further from the blower compartment sometimes have lower levels of airflow that results in uncomfortable rooms. You may need to ask an HVAC expert to balance the airflow inside the ductwork. Booster fans are another way of increasing airflow in a home. These fans pull more air into remote ducts and may solve the problem.
- Increase the fan speed. The motor inside the blower compartment may be set at a lower running speed. While it's fairly simple to increase its speed, the job calls for an HVAC professional. If the fan is set too high, the air will blow too fast through the blower compartment to efficiently condition your home. It will raise energy costs and may harm your equipment.
The pros at P.K. Wadsworth Heating & Cooling can help you with increasing airflow in a home. We've provided trusted HVAC services for greater Cleveland homeowners since 1936.