In order for your home to be comfortable, it’s essential that your
heating system produces good airflow throughout your home. If there isn’t
enough warm air travelling through your ducts, it will be much harder
for your furnace to heat your home and your system will have to work longer
and consume more energy during every heating cycle. Today we’re
going to help you ensure that every room gets an adequate amount of warm
air by talking about how to improve furnace airflow in your home!
How to improve furnace airflow in your St. Louis area home
- Make sure all your air vents are open and clear. The supply and return
vents in your rooms are what allow air to flow in and out of your ducts.
If any of those vents are closed or blocked, airflow will be obstructed.
Closed supply vents will cause pressure to build up in your ducts, and
closed return vents will restrict the amount of air that goes back to
your furnace. You can easily avoid these airflow problems by ensuring
all of your home’s vents are completely open and free of obstructions
like furniture and rugs.
- Clean dirty air vents. Dirt can build up on your air vents just like it
builds up in other places around your home. If a vent is dirty, it can
block the flow of air through the vent and hinder airflow to and from
your furnace. Make sure to wipe any of your vents clean if you notice
dirt building up on them.
- Change your filter every month. A dirty air filter is one of the leading
causes of airflow problems in homes. When a filter is clogged with dirt,
it will restrict the amount of supply air that your air handler can deliver
to your home. Check your air filter every month and be sure to change
it as soon as you notice that it’s dirty.
- Make sure your filter is the right efficiency. Every furnace’s air
handler can work with a filter up to a specific efficiency rating. If
you use a filter with a MERV rating that’s too high for your air
handler, your system will not be able to properly push air through the
filter. Check your owner’s manual or consult with Jerry Kelly to
find out the highest MERV rating that your system can work efficiently with.
- Get a tune-up for your furnace. One of the most important tasks that we
perform during a furnace tune-up is to inspect and clean the air handler.
This ensures that your air handler can work efficiently and effectively
to deliver proper airflow to your home. Make sure to schedule a tune-up
for your furnace every year to maximize your air handler’s performance
and your system’s airflow.
If you have any questions about how to improve furnace airflow, or if you’d like a heating system serviced or installed in your home, contact Jerry Kelly, your furnace installation and repair contractor in St. Charles, MO. We provide service all over the St. Louis area, including towns like Weldon Spring, Wentzville and Winghaven, MO.What Humidistat Settings Should You Use with Your Furnace’s Humidifier? » « Why Is My Furnace Leaking Water?