Proper airflow is critical for peak performance and efficiency.
Is your air conditioner located under a deck? Have you had your ductwork inspected recently? Have you changed your furnace filter recently? These are all great questions to ask if you are wondering about proper airflow.
Did you know that restricted airflow is horrible for your HVAC equipment? Restricted airflow can lead to hot and cold spots, inefficient performance, malfunctioning components, and even a shorter system lifespan! Your heating and air conditioning equipment is expensive both upfront and month-to-month (utility bills). So, it’s important that you do the little things to make sure that you get the most out of your equipment.
Here are some things you should do to make sure that your HVAC system has proper airflow.
- Have your ductwork inspected once-a-year to check for buildup and collapsed ducts.
- Make sure to change your furnace filter at least once-per-season. But, this all depends on your household. For example, if you have pets, you may want to consider replacing your filter once-a-month.
- Make sure you don’t plant within two feet of your air conditioner or heat pump.
- Make sure you have proper space between the top and sides of your air conditioner or heat pump. A good rule of thumb is about 18-24 inches.
- Have your condenser cleaned at least once-a-year to make sure dirt and debris is not restricting airflow.
- Keep your vents and registers open ALWAYS. Your heating and cooling system is designed to make a certain amount of square footage feel comfortable.
Make sure you schedule a professional cleaning twice-a-year with your local HVAC contractor – once during the spring for your cooling equipment and again during the fall for your heating equipment. Remember, fall is just around the corner. It’s never too early to start thinking about preventative maintenance.
Do you make sure to schedule preventative maintenance twice-a-year?