Our HVAC systems keep us cool during toasty weather and warm throughout the cooler months, which is why it’s important for you to be vigilant of potential system issues. But you also need to be wary of malfunctioning ductwork or other problems with the channels through which clean heated or cooled air travels to reach each room in your house. Air leaks, faulty materials, obstructions—these are all not good.
Do you think you might have home airflow issues? Let’s ask an HVAC contractor in Albany, OR about the most common signs and causes.
Signs of poor airflow
• Lack of air coming in: It’s not difficult to tell whether there’s a lack of air coming through a particular vent. To feel for weak, nonexistent or normal airflow, hold your hand up to the vent for a minute.
• Different temperatures in areas: If you figure out that you’ve got poor airflow, then you are going to experience a temperature variance throughout the house. The air temperature in the rooms closest to the duct leak or blockage will not feel comparable to the rest of the house.
• Stuffy and stale air: When there’s little to no airflow, the air will get stuffy because it’s not getting pushed around your space. You might think the problem is with your heater or air conditioner, but it also may be the ductwork itself.
Common causes of airflow issues
• Clogged filters: Air filters are in place to trap unhealthy air particles, like dust, pollen, pet dander and mold. They need changing every one to three months—otherwise, they get clogged and hinder airflow.
• Blocked vents and registers: Make sure that furniture and other items are not blocking vents, and check that registers are not closed. This could be the reason some rooms are colder or warmer than others.
• Blocked ducts: Your home’s ducts need cleaning from time to time to clear away airflow-blocking dust, dirt, cobwebs and other debris. And ducts that are too small for the size of the unit will likely clog quicker than ductwork that’s the appropriate size.
• Slow moving fan: The blower fan on an HVAC system blows air through the ductwork and out into your house. A weak blower is not going to be successful in moving HVAC air.
• Suffocated main unit: If it’s air conditioner season, consider the fact that an obstructed condenser unit could be to blame. At a home, the unit is located on the side of the house or on the roof. Since it’s outside, leaves and other debris can accumulate around it to block airflow.
At Larsell Mechanical Service, we offer a number of services to keep your heating and cooling system working properly so you stay comfortable all year round. For one, we use our in-house sheet metal shop to manufacture custom ductwork that will fit your home perfectly. Other services include thorough ductwork inspections to check for leaks and airflow assessments.
If you want to discuss the best way to increase the functionality of the airflow throughout your home, give us a call to speak with a professional, certified HVAC contractor in Albany, OR.
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