3 Tips for Improving Airflow in Your Clearwater, FL, Home

Summer is finally over and fall is bringing cooler temperatures to Clearwater, FL, yet you may still run your air conditioner. But what if some rooms in your home are too hot while others are too cold? Here are three quick tips to help you improve airflow in your home so that you can feel comfortable this fall:

Clean and Seal Air Ducts

Gaps and holes in the ductwork is a common cause of weak airflow, especially in older homes. Air leaks waste energy and prevent cooled or heated air from reaching rooms farthest from the system. A pressure test will reveal if you have air leaks in your ducts.

If you haven’t cleaned your air ducts in years, dust buildup could also be restricting airflow. Cleaning dirty air ducts and then sealing them against air leaks is a job for professionals, so don’t hesitate to call and schedule an inspection.

Check Vents and Registers

Blocked air vents and closed registers are another cause of poor airflow that many homeowners forget to check. You might adjust a register or cover a floor vent with a throw rug in the summer and then forget to uncover the vent when fall rolls around. Or some folks might move a tall bookshelf around in the living room and not realize that it now blocks the wall vent.

Make sure to unblock all vents and open all registers to improve airflow and balance air pressure from room to room. And if there are any dust bunnies clogging those vents, wipe them with a damp rag to get the air flowing freely again.

Adjust Dampers to Balance Airflow

Many larger homes use dampers inside the system of air ducts to direct airflow, sending more air to larger rooms and less air to smaller ones. But sometimes, the exact settings might be a bit off, causing some rooms to get too much air and others to get far too little. One family member might prefer their bedroom to feel warmer or cooler, so adjusting dampers a couple of times a year to customize airflow to certain rooms will be necessary.

Don’t let poor airflow leave hot and cold spots in your home. Try these tips to balance the airflow so that everyone can feel comfortable at home. Contact Arctic Air Systems today if you need AC repairs to solve your airflow problems.

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