Improve The Airflow In Your Home: Here Are 6 Ways
Air circulation is one of the most overlooked aspects of home comfort: properly moving air will keep temperatures more even, reduce dust accumulation, prevent mold growth, and even help you control humidity in your New Jersey home.
Of course, there will always be some days when the thick, muggy air will make maintaining consistent airflow a challenge, but you can greatly reduce those days and relieve some of the burden on your home HVAC system by following these six tips.
6 ways to get the air moving in your home:
- Keep your house clean – Dust and dirt are natural enemies of forced-air heating and cooling equipment; by keeping your house clean, you won’t overburden your HVAC filters (see #3 below), which means your air will move more freely and your equipment will run more efficiently. Mop hardwood, tile, and composite floors once a week and vacuum carpets regularly – preferably with a HEPA-rated filter.
- Open windows and doors on dry days – Whenever possible, keep fresh air circulating in your home. On low-humidity days, open windows to encourage cross-ventilation and run ceiling fans to keep air moving. If you have an attic, consider installing an attic fan to remove stagnant hot air from your home.
- Clean/change air filters regularly – A clogged air filter will reduce airflow from your home heating or cooling system. That will make your home less comfortable, raise your energy bills, and overwork your system, which could lead to avoidable (and costly) heating and air conditioning repairs.
- Consider professional duct sealing – Did you know that your forced air heating and cooling systems could be making your home dustier? Holes or cracks in your ductwork can draw dust in and redistribute it throughout the house. Unfortunately, not all of those cracks or holes are in places that can be easily seen; to solve the problem, you need professional duct sealing – an investment that could be worthwhile, considering that you typically lose about 10 percent of the air you pay to heat or cool via duct leaks.
- Get routine maintenance for your HVAC system – When it comes to getting the most out of your home comfort equipment – including making sure air is flowing the way it should – there’s no substitute for a comprehensive tune-up from a qualified technician. With proper maintenance, your heating equipment and cooling equipment will keep the air clear and moving throughout your home.
- Replace old heating and cooling equipment – An old, inefficient central air conditioner or furnace has a harder time moving air than a new, high efficiency unit; if your A/C or furnace is well into its second decade, consider an upgrade – it will likely pay for itself in just a few years in energy efficiency alone, not to mention keeping your family more comfortable along the way.
Follow these six tips to keep the air in your house moving, and you’ll stay comfortable this spring, summer and beyond.
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