Airflow Issues? Maybe It’s Time To Check Your Air Ducts
It’s frustrating when your HVAC system struggles to heat or cool your home to the desired temperature. Not only does this decrease your comfort level, it can also send your power bill skyrocketing. When you have to set your heat level higher just to keep it warm enough for comfort in the winter, or when you have to plunge your thermostat to a deep-freeze just to keep the heat and humidity at bay in the summer, you’ll see the effects on your power bill, and you won’t like them.
One of the easiest and most reliable ways to improve the efficiency of your HVAC system is to change the filters in your system and make sure the supply-air and return-air grilles are clean and unobstructed. Over time, dirt, dust and debris will inevitably collect in your ductwork and on the grilles, causing blockages that diminish airflow. This diminished airflow is one of the most common causes of an HVAC system’s inability to heat or cool your home to the desired temperature.
If you’re still not feeling warm or cool in certain rooms in your home, it might be time to call in someone to check out your duct system itself. Ductwork designed for an older home may not be the right size for a new heating and cooling system. If you’ve added on to your house or remodeled recently, your ductwork may not have caught up to your needs. Sometime the addition of an air return can make a big difference.