What do you think the most overlooked component of a good HVAC system is – choosing an adequate location or picking the right thermostat? In many cases, it’s airflow. Without the ability to move air efficiently, your setup will be overworked and underutilized.
Make sure you start by improving the HVAC airflow of your equipment. Obstructed HVAC airflow can signal the death of efficiency and system performance. It makes your equipment work harder to heat or cool your home, putting a strain on critical components, reducing lifespan, raising bills and hindering home comfort.
Improving HVAC airflow is is usually not a hard thing to do. The trickiest part is remembering to do all of the things on this list and having your AC System maintained by a professional service. Here are our suggestions for improving airflow.
Resistance on Your HVAC System
When choosing a new unit, most people select one based on SEER rating. What they might not know is that these numbers do not factor in resistance from ductwork and registers. Even with a highly efficient unit, you might be losing a lot of potential from air restriction.
Sometimes it can be hard to tell if you have an airflow problem, particularly if you live in an older house. Three main symptoms signify an issue, and they’re easy to spot. Learn More about proper system maintenance.
Cold or Hot Spots
Inconsistent airflow will cause certain areas of your house to be a different temperature than others. This is often more evident in homes with multiple stories.
Imbalances in Pressure
Have you ever had a door close or open when your HVAC kicked on? Door movement, whistling sounds, and drafty areas are all signs that your pressure is off due to poor airflow.
Keep registers and vents open at all times.
Do you think it’s important to close registers and vents in rooms that don’t necessarily need heating and cooling power? Don’t! Your equipment is designed to heat or cool a certain amount of space. Closing vents and registers alters this load.
Reduced Air at the Registers
If it feels as if your system is just barely blowing, it’s a sign that something is not right. Air should flow freely from each of the openings in your home.
The Costs of Reduced HVAC Airflow
The biggest potential problem associated with poor airflow is cost, both short and long-term. When your system has to work harder, it’ll be wasting more energy every day. Let’s say that your average monthly power bill is $200. If your unit is losing 10% efficiency due to air restrictions, you’re wasting $240 per year.
Poor HVAC Airflow Can Harm the System
Perhaps the biggest cost of poor airflow is the damage it does to your unit. Under extra strain, the compressor and other components in your HVAC are much more likely to fail. If this happens, you could be looking at thousands of dollars in repair or replacement costs – long before it should be time to swap your unit. When was the last time you have your ductwork cleaned?
Poor HVAC Airflow Is Less Comfortable
If your system can’t properly circulate air, you’re going to have inconsistent temperatures. Some rooms can be several degrees warmer or cooler than others are. In some cases, the flow is so poor that you must take additional measures; many people will resort to window unit air conditioners or floor heaters to make up the difference. This wastes even more energy by adding another component into the mix and still overworking the HVAC.
Sometimes There Is Only One Solution
Unfortunately, sometimes the only solution for many homeowners is to replace the ductwork that is responsible for the problems. This switch is a big task, but it’s often well worth it. New ductwork will help increase the longevity of your equipment and help it perform the way the manufacturer intended.
Cool Connections, Inc. – Your Jacksonville, Florida HVAC Specialists
Our goal is to help educate our customers in the Greater Jacksonville, Florida area about protecting their investment as well as energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). If you require maintenance on your HVAC system, contact us to schedule and appointment.
Cool Connections, Inc. is a locally owned and operated business. We have thousands of customers and the experience for HVAC service, repair, and installations for furnaces, heat pumps, air conditioning (AC), and air quality systems. Be sure to Contact Cool Connections, Inc. in Jacksonville, Florida for all your air conditioning and heating needs. (904) 685-1582