How to Get Better Airflow from Your AC System

January 25, 2022 6:20 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Efficient HVAC systems heat and cool the air at a steady pace when they’re running efficiently. They’re designed to circulate air at a consistent rate, heating or cooling the house to maintain the temperature of your choice. If your HVAC system—particularly the air conditioning component—isn’t working efficiently, you’ll likely notice low airflow.

Follow these tips to improve the performance of your air conditioner and help your AC get better airflow.

Keep vents clear

As your air conditioner circulates air throughout the home, the air flows in a circular pattern. The system pulls in air through vents in the handler, pumps it through air ducts and sends it through vents into the rooms of your home. Air pressure continues to circulate the air in the house, and if any part of the cycle is disrupted, airflow slows down throughout the entire system.

One of the best things you can do to get better airflow from your AC system is to unblock all the vents. Make sure all internal closing systems are in the open position, and move anything that could be blocking the flow of air, like furniture or other household objects.

Clean all AC vents

Dust and debris accumulate on AC vents over time—it doesn’t even have to pass through the system to stick on the vents. Dust and dirt buildup impedes the flow of air coming out of the vents, so give your vents a thorough cleaning on a regular basis. As you’re cleaning, look inside the vents to make sure no debris is trapped inside. If your vents and air ducts are looking dirty, invest in professional air duct cleaning. Not only can it improve airflow in your home, but it can also improve your indoor air quality.

Check filters

The cleanliness and condition of your filter is essential to maintaining good airflow and good indoor air quality from your HVAC system. Check your AC unit’s filter regularly, and as a general rule, change it every three months. Choose your replacement filter carefully; remember that higher-rated filters can catch more allergens, but the tighter weave also restricts airflow. Look for a filter that promotes good airflow while catching allergens, like one with a minimum efficiency reporting value (MERV) rating between 8 and 13.

Fix leaks

If your HVAC system has air leaks, they can affect the air pressure in your home, making it harder for air to circulate efficiently. Even small leaks let air escape the system before it should, reducing air pressure in the vents and slowing down airflow. It takes specialty equipment to detect air leaks, so make an appointment with your preferred HVAC maintenance technicians to determine whether leaks are to blame for poor airflow.

The best way to improve the performance of an air conditioner is by scheduling a routine inspection with an HVAC maintenance professional. Contact Dailey Heating & Air Conditioning today to make your appointment. We’ll inspect your system and determine what actions to take to improve efficiency and extend the lifespan of your AC unit.

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