When you set your desired temperature on your home’s thermostat, you do so assuming that your HVAC system is going to heat or cool your house to that temperature. However, in order for your system to achieve that temperature efficiently, it’s crucial that your home Dunedin, FL, receive the proper amount of airflow. This guide will discuss how improving airflow can help you maximize comfort and efficiency in your home as the temperatures rise this summer.
Why Airflow Matters
While we don’t need to explain what airflow is, you may not know exactly why it’s so vital for heating and cooling. Getting a better understanding of the role that it plays in your home’s HVAC system is crucial. Airflow is the most important aspect of your home’s comfort and also has a direct correlation to your energy efficiency.
Summer highs in Dunedin easily reach the upper 90s, so air conditioning is essential to keep your home cool and comfortable. When your HVAC system doesn’t have to fight hindrances to airflow, your entire home gets access to the cool, refreshing air you need.
Proper airflow also means that your system doesn’t have to work harder to get your house to the temperature you set on your thermostat. When the system doesn’t have to work as hard or run for longer periods of time, your energy efficiency increases, producing lower monthly utility bills.
How to Improve Airflow
While we never encourage any type of DIY repairs for your HVAC system, there are steps you can take to improve the airflow in your home. When you take those steps and trust us with the rest, you can maximize your comfort and efficiency, regardless of the temperatures outside.
Regularly Replace Air Filters
Changing air filters is one of the HVAC maintenance tasks that you can tackle on your own. Over time, air filters can become clogged with dust, dirt and all sorts of debris. When filters become saturated with pollutants, the impact on your HVAC system is unavoidable.
Not only do clogged filters diminish your indoor air quality, but they also make it harder for your HVAC system to push air into your home. When your system has to work harder to get air through your filters, you may notice less cool air in your home and an increase in utility bills. We generally encourage customers to change their air filters every three months, for more frequently, if needed.
Have Your Ductwork Cleaned
This isn’t something that you should tackle on your own. Instead, you should allow one of our service technicians to regularly clean your home’s ductwork.
Just like air filters, ductwork becomes dirty and dusty over time. When that happens, your system has to work harder to push air through the dirt, debris and other obstacles present inside your ducts. With regular duct cleaning, your system can easily push the air that you need into every room of your home.
Remember Your Vents
The air vents inside your home are strategically positioned to maximize the amount of airflow into the rooms of your house. When you’re deciding where to place furniture, bookshelves and other items in your home, you need to keep in mind where your vents are and not block them.
Making sure that the area directly in front of and around your home’s vents is clear is one of the easiest ways to maximize your home’s airflow. Doing something as simple as ensuring that you don’t put a bookshelf or a sofa directly in front of a vent can make the difference between enjoying the full comfort of your HVAC system and struggling to get adequate airflow into your home.
Our team of service technicians can work with you to maximize the amount of airflow into your home, ensuring that your system in Dunedin, FL, operates efficiently while providing the comfort that you need. Call Pinellas Comfort Systems today to find out more about all our HVAC services.
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