Insufficient air flow results in an array of problems within a building, beyond simple discomfort. Identifying and fixing the issue causing your inadequate air flow can provide a multitude of benefits to your building. Understanding the common causes of insufficient air flow can be beneficial in improving the air flow through your vents. Here are a few things that you need to know about the air flow in your home.
Problems with Reduced Air Flow
When you have insufficient air flow, it often causes the heating and cooling system of your property to work much harder. This both raises the energy bill and can lead to breakdowns with the HVAC system. This creates far more expenses than fixing the underlying issue. It also tends to cause uneven and inadequate heating and cooling throughout the building, which creates an uncomfortable environment. It is important to have these issues resolved to ensure that your HVAC system can continue to function as necessary to protect the level of comfort within your building and prevent substantial expenses from arising.
Causes of Reduced Pressure and Steps for Improving the Air Flow
When you need to improve the air flow of your building, it will first be necessary to discover what problem is causing the inadequate air flow. This will help you to take the necessary steps in order to improve the air flow and keep your building as comfortable as possible. Here are many common problems that result in inadequate air flow, as well as tips for improving the air flow.
Regularly Replace Filters
There are many reasons that air filters need to be replaced on a regular basis. For one thing, filters are one of the main factors in the overall air quality within the building. When they become dirty or clogged, it makes it more difficult to circulate through the building. This can substantially reduce the air quality within the building. In addition, clogged filters reduce the ability of the air to flow freely. When you regularly replace your air filters you can prevent the filter from impacting the air flow through your property. Replacing your air filters on a regular basis can also help to improve the efficiency of your building’s heating and cooling system. It will also help to improve the air quality within your property.
Check the Efficiency of the Filter
This can certainly seem counterintuitive, but an air filter that is too efficient will cause issues with the air flow of your property. Though there are certainly situations in which these air filters can be beneficial, they can also become clogged far more quickly. This substantially reduces the ability of the air to penetrate through the filter. Consult with us to determine the best air filter thickness in order to ensure that it effectively filters the air in your building without having a substantial impact on the air pressure of your heating and cooling systems.
The ductwork of your building has a major impact on the efficiency and quality of your heating and cooling systems. When ductwork becomes crushed or otherwise damaged, it can easily lead to a reduction in the air pressure of your system. This makes it more difficult for the air flow to reach the various vents of your building. There are also ways in which ductwork can become blocked. Ensuring that your duct system is free of blockages can help to improve the air flow through the building. This can go a long way toward effectively heating and cooling each room within your building.
Improperly Planned Ductwork
Ductwork needs to be planned properly in order to ensure that it functions effectively. When ductwork is too small or large, it won’t properly distribute air to the vents. With too large ducts, it will require far more pressure to ensure that the air reaches the vents. Alternatively, when ducts are too small, they can cause the air flow to become restricted, which also impacts how efficiently air reaches to the vents. It is crucial to ensure that your ducts are installed properly and planned carefully. This will allow the system to function more effectively and can prevent substantial issues from occurring over time.
Leakage in the System
Ductworks can easily have leaks. These leaks allow the air to flow out of the ducts before it reaches the vent. By the time the remaining air reaches the vent, its pressure is substantially reduced. In order to combat this, you should regularly inspect your ductwork for signs of leaks. If leaks are present in the system, they will need to be thoroughly sealed. This will help to ensure that all of the air makes it to the vent. Having leaks sealed makes a heating and cooling system more effective and can improve the air flow through your system.
Blocked or Closed Vents
This often seems like such an obvious factor that it tends to get overlooked. If the uneven temperature is limited to a single room inside of your building, it is likely that the vent is either closed or blocked. Ensure that it is open to allow air to escape from the vents. In addition, you will need to remove any furniture that may be in front or on top of the vent opening. These steps can ensure that the room will be able to more effectively have the temperature regulated. It is important to keep vents open, even if you don’t regularly use the room. This is because closed vents will simply force your HVAC system to work overtime.
Here at Utah Heating & Air, we are dedicated to providing you with the services that you need to keep your building comfortable year-round. These can help ensure that it is far easier to regulate a comfortable temperature inside of your property. To learn more about how our services can ensure that your HVAC system continues to function effectively, contact our experts at Utah Heating & Air today!