Avoid Stale Air In Your Home With Proper Ventilation
As it starts to cool down outside, you and your family will most likely be spending more and more time indoors. If your vents are compromised, your home will feel stuffy and uncomfortable. In addition to feeling stuffy, poor ventilation can cause your HVAC system to become less efficient over time, wasting both energy and money. If your indoor air seems stale, check out these four ways you can improve airflow through your vents, so you and your family can breathe easy!
4 Quick & Easy Ways To Improve Airflow In Your Home
Check Your Air Filters
Naturally, if your air filters are clogged with dirt and debris, clean air will not be able to travel through your system. Additionally, whatever air does exit your vents will carry airborne particles and allergens that can lower your indoor air quality and worsen respiratory issues such as asthma and allergies. We recommend that you change your air filters at the beginning of each new season and check them once a month to see if they need to be changed sooner.
Look Out For Blocked Air Vents
Blocked air vents can greatly impede air from flowing through your system. Make sure all chairs, couches, tables and other furniture items are not directly in front of your vents. Moreover, many people believe they can save money but shutting vents in rooms that aren’t usually occupied. While this may seem like a good idea, in theory, ventilation systems are designed to properly circulate air only when all vents are open. In fact, closing your vents can actually damage your HVAC system as it forces air back into your ducts.
Maintenance Is Key
Winter is on its way, meaning it’s time to schedule preventative maintenance. It can be easy to skip your seasonal tune-up, but just like us, your HVAC system needs the occasional checkup to diagnose and treat small problems before they become worse. During a tuneup, your trusted technician will thoroughly inspect and clean your system, which will allow air to flow smoothly through your system without picking up any debris along the way.
Even if you have the best air filters on the market, dust and other irritants can still find their way into your ductwork through small cracks between duct connections. If you suspect your ducts might be clogged, you may want to schedule a duct cleaning service to give your filters a break. If dirt is building up within your ductwork over and over again, it might be a good idea to check if your system is properly sealed.
If you’re experiencing poor airflow in your home, Hydes can help! Just give us a call at (760) 360-2202 to speak with our team. We are more than happy to help you in any way we can!