Low Airflow Guide
HVAC Company in Cincinnati, OH
The efficiency and performance of your HVAC system are determined by the quality and installation of your equipment, maintenance practices, and airflow. If your energy bills have increased while comfort has decreased, optimizing your home’s airflow may help you save money on heating and cooling costs year-round.
National Heating and Air Conditioning is pleased to offer the following tips for improving airflow throughout your home, which can yield instant and long-lasting results for your home!
Are you experiencing issues with low airflow in your Cincinnati home? Call National at 513-399-5757 to schedule an appointment or contact us online today!
5 Causes of Low Airflow in Cincinnati Homes
There are many things that can contribute to poor airflow in Cincinnati homes, many of which can be easily identified by homeowners. Look out for the following in your home to see what the cause of low airflow may be:
- Clogged Filter: One of the most common causes of poor airflow, a clogged filter traps large particles inside your system, closing off airflow both into and out of the unit.
- Leaky Ductwork: Another problem exists within your ventilation system — if the system has cracks or holes inside the ducts, air pressure will drop and result in low airflow.
- Blower Problems: The air handler (or indoor unit of your AC) can sometimes fail due to issues with the motor or electrical system, which will decrease airflow dramatically.
- Blocked Vent: An easy fix for homeowners is to see if the vent has been blocked or the damper has been closed as this can seriously impact airflow in the home.
- Misshapen Ducts: For those using flex ducts to manage airflow throughout the home, these ducts can be more easily damaged and lead to decreased airflow.
While some of these issues can be easily fixed with a simple DIY, blower problems, misshapen flex ducts, and leaky ductwork should all be addressed by a skilled professional. At National Heating & Air Conditioning, our team delivers the timely, effective repairs and maintenance Cincinnati homeowners need to experience improved airflow and comfort. Contact us today to schedule service for your HVAC system!
Increase Air Circulation
Attempting to divert conditioned air from one room to another by closing one or more vents can have an undesirable result. By intentionally blocking the flow of air, your HVAC system will have to work even harder to combat the increase in air pressure. The added pressure may also force the conditioned air to escape through small cracks or gaps in your ductwork, decreasing comfort and efficiency even further.
Change Your Air Filter
An air filter is designed to trap particulate and prevent it from circulating throughout your HVAC system. As the filter becomes clogged or dirty it is necessary to clean or replace it to improve the quality of your indoor air and increase efficiency.
The type of air filter you choose should be based on the manufacturer’s recommendations for your heating or cooling system, typically ranging between a MERV rating of 8 to 13. Although a higher rating is better, choosing an air filter with a rating that is too high for your system will result in a decrease in efficiency if the fan is not powerful enough to push conditioned air through the filter.
Give Your Fan a Break
While you may be tempted to leave your HVAC fan running continuously in an attempt to cool your home, all you will really do is recirculate the air and drive up your electricity bill—not lower the temperature.
Schedule Annual Maintenance
A clean, tuned, well-maintained HVAC system will operate at peak efficiency. During your appointment, one of our trained technicians will perform a thorough inspection to determine the cause of your low airflow and provide the best solution to resolve the problem.
Schedule HVAC Service in Cincinnati, OH
National Heating and Air Conditioning can keep your HVAC system running in top performance, so your home’s airflow is always optimal!
Call National today at 513-399-5757 or contact us online to schedule an appointment.