Two Things To Check If Your HVAC Airflow Is Weak

Are you having issues with the AC system? Does it seem like your airflow is weaker than it used to be? If so, you might be able to find and fix the problem yourself. This article explains a simple checklist that you can run through to make sure that your airflow is as strong as it can be.

Air Registers

First, you want to start at your air registers. Obviously, you need to make sure that they are in the open position. More than that, you want to make sure that your registers are strategically opened and pointing in the right direction. That is, the temperature in your house can vary from room to room. So, some rooms need maximum airflow, while others might not need any at all. If you adjust your registers to always make sure that air is getting where it needs to be, you can probably increase the efficiency of your system.

While you're checking your registers, you also want to make sure they are clean and not severely clogged. It is normal for dust to build up on the register vents. However, if left alone for too long, the dust can build up so much that it completely blocks airflow out of the vents. This is rare, but a definite possibility, especially if your air filters are not working.

Air Filters

This brings us to the next thing to check: the air filters. Some AC systems have air filters in the ducts, in addition to the furnace filter. Usually, larger homes, especially those with multiple stories, have multiple in-duct filters and one large furnace filter. You want to check all of these filters on a regular basis.

When you buy a filter, the packaging will say how often it needs to be replaced. But, this number is really just an estimate. In reality, a filter that says replace every six months might need to be replaced in just three months. At the same time however, the same filter might not need to be replaced for a full year if you hardly run your system and everything else is working properly. Basically, you have to visually check your filter to see if it is dirty. Whenever there is severe dust buildup on the filter, change it out.

Dirty filters and air registers can be the cause of your reduced airflow and poor air quality. You can probably check and fix these problems within a couple of hours. For more help, talk with a company like One Hour Air Conditioning and Heating.