Tips to Improve The Airflow in Your Home For Better Air Quality
Installing even the most efficient and expensive air conditioning system will not prove useful if there are things causing blockage of airflow in the house.
This will result in the room not cooling enough and not quickly enough. The AC will thus have to run for longer, reducing energy efficiency and pushing up your monthly bills.
Here are a few tips and tricks to keep in mind, in order to get an even, uninterrupted air flow.
- Avoid blocking vents
The most common reason for faulty air flow is blocked vents. This is generally caused due to placing of furniture or curtains in front of the vents, not allowing the AC to cool the area properly.
- Change filters regularly
Air filters in your AC prevent dust and debris from entering the system. Over time, the filter gets clogged with dirt. This will stop air from being able to go into the system and cause stuffy air. Your AC thus has to work harder to cool the place and this can lead to frequent breakdowns.
- Keep outdoor units free of debris
The outdoor units of ACs can catch a lot of dust, grime, leaves and sticks which will obstruct regular functioning. The outdoor unit must remain free of debris in order to prevent overheating.
- Clean the coils
Condenser coils, that are located in the outdoor unit can many times get covered with dust and grime. They won’t be able to expel heat properly in that case. More common in regions that are highly polluted, the condenser coils need to be cleaned regularly to ensure smooth functioning.
- Get ducts inspected
AC ducts that are easily accessible can be inspected by someone in charge of maintenance. The person will check for any holes, cracks and leakages which may be causing cooling problems. Repaired in time, it will help avoid big expenses later which means you can save that money or perhaps eat a little better and who does not want that?
If the ductwork is inside the walls or crawl spaces though, you will have to call a trained technician for the inspection.
- Check refrigerant levels and fans
Refrigerant leaks lead to your system losing its cooling capacity. A slow leak doesn’t get detected quickly and you will not notice it till the AC blows out warm air.
Blower motors and fans help circulate the conditioned air to different parts of the house through the ducts. If the fans are unclean, they will not run at the required speed.
- Ensure correct system size
An AC unit that’s the wrong size for your house will prove inefficient and not cool your place well at all. If it is undersized, it will have to over-work, causing wear and tear of parts.
If it is over-sized, it will switch On and Off too often, not letting the system run long enough to remove humidity from the air. Your rooms will thus feel stuffy.
- Have the right HVAC system design
Ductwork of your AC unit must be in accordance with your space layout. Redesigning the ductwork may help if your rooms are not receiving adequate cooling. The Bay Area summers can be dry and hot – you don’t want to not have power during the summer.