How To Maximize Your Home’s Air Flow
Stale air in a home is not only uncomfortable, but it can increase your family's risk of illness. A house with good air flow has less exposure to potentially infectious microorganisms, dust, and pollen. To keep your family healthy and comfortable in your home, here are a few tips to maximize your home's air flow.
Check That Vents Are Open
Air vents in your home could be closed for a number of reasons. If you forget to open those vents, you'll have dead spaces in your house where the air doesn't move. Take a walk through your home and check that all air vents are open fully.
Check For Broken Ductwork
Check all of the ductwork that you can see coming from the furnace and air conditioner to the rest of the house. Someone may have bumped against some ductwork while moving boxes or doing repairs and caused the ductwork to separate where it comes together. If that's the case, then air is leaking out of the system and doing no good in the house. Contact a local heating and air conditioning service, such as Airrow Heating to repair the ductwork and get the air flowing into the house again.
Check For Weak Air Flow
If you have opened all of your vents but there is still little air coming out of them, you may have a clogged air filter. Dirty air filters in the furnace can reduce air flow significantly. They are inexpensive and easy for the homeowner to replace. Make it a habit to change air filters twice a year or monthly during high pollen and dust seasons. If you have a pet that sheds, consider changing the filter at least every two months.
Have Your Heating and Cooling System Checked
Another reason for bad air flow in your home could be a poorly running system. Have your heating and air conditioning system checked annually by a licensed HVAC company, such as Airrow Heating. They will clean your system and look for areas of excess wear. They will help you keep your system in top shape to keep the air flowing smoothly through your house and keep you and your family healthy.