How to Increase Airflow to One Room
A common complaint among Cincinnati homeowners is uneven heating or cooling between rooms. While there are a number of reasons this phenomenon may occur from inadequate insulation to air leakage, the most likely culprit is a lack of airflow. If you’re looking for ways to increase the airflow to one or more rooms in your home, look no further: the experts at National Heating and Air Conditioning are here to help.
Common Causes of Restricted Airflow
A lack of airflow throughout your entire home can cause discomfort, increased energy bills, and damage due to excess humidity. To ensure your HVAC system is operating at peak performance, there are a few steps that homeowners can take to increase the overall airflow, including:
- Change your air filter – A dirty air filter restricts the flow of air throughout the system by forcing it along an alternate path. Air that can continue through the filter may carry particulates with it which may cause premature wear and tear on system components and reduce the quality of your indoor air.
- Clear your vents – Supply and return vents should remain open and unencumbered by furniture, drapery, or other large objects.
- Seal leaky ducts – Perform a visual inspection of exposed ductwork to determine if there are areas where the ducts have become damaged, or there are holes or gaps. Small repairs may be made using duct mastic or foil-backed tape but avoid using duct tape which will deteriorate over time.
Causes for Weak Airflow
If there is little to no airflow in only one room, the issue may stem from one or more of the following reasons:
- Disconnected air duct – During construction, installation, or renovations, ductwork may become disconnected, allowing conditioned air to escape and reducing airflow. A professional duct inspection can help to locate any areas of disconnect so that repairs may be made.
- Crushed or kinked flex duct – Flexible ducts can be easily crushed or become compressed by nearby materials, and the original shape will need to be restored to ensure adequate airflow.
- Damaged duct – Holes, cracks, or corrosion can permit conditioned air to escape. Professional duct sealing services can help to detect and repair problem areas.
- Closed damper – Your HVAC system may include a series of dampers throughout the ductwork to help direct airflow. If one or more dampers become closed, airflow will be restricted to that area. Open up closed dampers to restore functionality to every room in your home.
- Blockage in ductwork – Construction debris, small toys, or other materials may have found their way into your ductwork, cutting off the airflow. Pull up the vent cover and see if any materials are visible before calling National for a duct inspection.
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Since 1930, National Heating and Air Conditioning has provided top quality HVAC services to homeowners throughout the Cincinnati area.
If you are experiencing issues with poor airflow in your home, call us at 513-399-5757 for professional, reliable duct inspection, sealing, and cleaning services. Contact us online today!