Do you know what affects airflow?
As we head into the hotter months, it’s important to keep things in mind that can help you get the most out of your air conditioner in the most efficient way possible. There’s nothing worse than getting a massive utility bill during the summer.
A major component of efficiency and performance is airflow. And, there are a lot of different things that can affect airflow. Here are some things to keep in mind.
Don’t close registers and vents.
Your HVAC system is designed to provide warm or cool air to a designated amount of space. That’s why it is so important for your contractor to properly size your equipment. Closing registers and vents affects the amount of space your unit is conditioning. The same principle applies to doors. Keep doors open, even when there isn’t someone in the room. If you want customized airflow, talk to your contractor about a zoning system.
Aim grass clippings away from your air conditioner or heat pump.
It’s grass cutting season! While you’re taking the time to make your lawn look trimmed and healthy, make sure you keep your HVAC system in mind. Grass clippings can get stuck on the exterior of your system and block airflow.
Plant far enough from your air conditioner or heat pump.
You want to make sure that your outdoor equipment has adequate room to pull air from the outdoors. It is a good idea to plant at least two feet away from your condenser.
Have a contractor check your ductwork once a year.
Your ductwork can become scary without proper attention. You never know what may be hiding in your ducts. A good duct cleaning is not just a good idea to improve airflow, it is also a good way to find out if there are any unseen problems with your home – like rodents, mold or other pests.
Regularly change your furnace filter.
Disposable filters need to be replaced at the very least once per season. It is actually a better idea to change them more frequently than that. For example, households with pets may want to consider changing the furnace filter once a month.
Clean your permanent filter frequently.
Whether temporary or permanent, your system needs a clean filter for proper airflow. Make sure you follow proper cleaning procedures for your permanent filter. Make sure you take it outside to clean it off. You don’t want to reintroduce the particles that the filter took out of your indoor air back into it!
Ductwork design is important.
There is a lot of work that goes into installing new HVAC equipment – especially if a new duct system must be installed as well. Make sure your contractor takes the time to properly design your duct system. This can be the difference between having a comfortable home and having a home that experiences uneven temperatures.
Have a contractor come out and clean your condenser.
It’s never too late to have your contractor come out and clean your air conditioner before the peak cooling season. A lot of gunk can accumulate on your air conditioner – restricting airflow and forcing your air conditioner to work harder to draw air in.
Any maintenance, repair or installation starts with the search for a qualified local contractor. Do some research and find the professional in your area that is going to get the job done right the first time.
Do you do these things to assure proper airflow? What is something you are going to start doing?