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As a homeowner, you must maintain your HVAC system to ensure that it functions properly, especially through the long season of hot days. In Inverness, FL, there are several ways to optimize your airflow. Read on for a better understanding of why you should improve your home’s airflow and how to go about doing so.

Unblock the Vents

The air conditioner circulates air, supported by the vents, to deliver air to each room. If the air conditioner’s vents are closed or blocked, it will reduce the airflow, affecting the temperature in the house. Unblocking the vents will help improve the airflow around the house.

If a vent is blocked; not only will the room not cool down, but it will increase air pressure and put additional stress on your HVAC system. This additional stress could cause your system to have a shorter lifespan.

Turn on the Ceiling Fan

Improving your home’s airflow will ensure that you have a comfortable environment all year since it will be easier to cool and heat the room. Moisture can be reduced as well with optimum airflow.

Ceiling fans provide an easy way to increase airflow. In the summer, it’s very helpful to switch on the ceiling fan and make sure it’s spinning counterclockwise to blow air down. This creates a wind chill effect on your skin, making it feel cooler. In the winter, switch it to run clockwise to pull warmer air up throughout the room.

Identify Leaks

Improved airflow will aid in temperature regulation and limit the growth of biological pollutants in the home. Stale or damp air has a hard time escaping with poor airflow. It’s critical to enhance ventilation at home to prevent these contaminants from gathering in dark, moist corners.

Because air pressure varies when there is an air leak within your ductwork system, it might be difficult for air to move properly. If you suspect a leak in your ductwork, you’ll need to contact a professional who can assist you in repairing it.

Air leaks make your system work harder to cool or heat your home, resulting in higher energy bills and a shorter lifespan. It is important to repair the leaks to help prevent the growth of biological contaminants. If your vents are not closed or blocked by furniture, but some rooms in your home are much warmer than other rooms, you should schedule a service visit with an HVAC professional to determine if your ductwork is at fault. If one or more leaks are discovered, an experienced technician will be able to professionally re-seal them.

Resizing Your Ducts

Ductwork is responsible for the airflow in your home and has a direct impact on how effective the cooling and heating system works. If you’ve tried everything you can to improve your airflow but haven’t improved the situation, it’s possible your ductwork isn’t large enough or wasn’t designed to effectively cool and heat your home. To successfully keep your home warm in the winter and cool in the summer, ductwork design and size should be correct for your home’s size.

When ductwork is too small to push warm or cool air to each vent, it will force the system to work overtime trying to compensate. It’s also important that the length and sharpness of turns are correct for the efficiency of your system. It is critical to call a professional who will check the ductwork and determine its overall effectiveness.

Improving the airflow in your home has many advantages. If you are experiencing problems with airflow, please contact us at Senica Air Conditioning Inc. for assistance.

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