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How to Increase Airflow in Your Home | May the Force Be With You

Not getting enough oomph out of your heating and air conditioning system? Does your home feel stuffy and cool one second, and hot the next? You may have a problem with your HVAC system’s airflow. Awaken the force, you will!

How to Improve HVAC Airflow

1. Check your ductwork

According to energystar.gov, “about 20% of the air that moves through the duct system is lost due to leaks, holes, and poorly connected ducts.” What you end up with is poor airflow, degraded indoor air quality, increased energy bills, and a frequently running HVAC system.

In order to fix your leaky duct problem, call a professional, or take the time to seal your duct leaks yourself. Inspect your ductwork for leaks using an incense stick or thin piece of toilet paper. Most likely, you will need to seal around all of your duct seams.

Use mastic sealant or aluminum foil tape to seal your air ducts; NOT duct tape (ironically, duct tape is a poor tool for sealing air ducts).

2. Check/Clean Air Filter

Make sure your air filter is installed properly:

You should set reminders for yourself to check the air filter every 30 days and wait no longer than 90 days to change/clean it. A dirty air filter impedes airflow and can cause serious problems down the line. Frequent filter changes are necessary for improving your indoor air quality, airflow, and the useful lifespan of your HVAC system.

3. Clean Ducts and Registers

We recommend getting your air ducts cleaned every 5-10 years to improve airflow and indoor air quality. Although it requires a professional to get the inside of your air ducts cleaned, you can DIY clean your vents and registers. Simply unscrew your register plate and take a wet rag to clean around the opening. While you’re there, stick a flash camera inside to see how dirty your ductwork really is.

4. Call an HVAC Professional

When you call an HVAC professional, such as Universal Home Experts, your technician will be able to inspect your HVAC system and ductwork to recommend ways to improve airflow. A couple things we can do is add booster fans, adjust the fan speed, rejuvenate your system with a thorough cleaning, and conduct a troubleshooting test to determine your sources of air loss.

Universal Home Experts is your trusted source for local plumbing, electric, and HVAC services in Houston and the surrounding areas.

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