Without proper airflow, your home will feel stale and stuffy. You may notice a musty odor or perpetually damp feeling around the house. A home with adequate airflow should feel fresh, dry, and comfortable. Adequate airflow is important in any home, but it’s especially crucial in the hot, humid climate of Spring Hill, Florida. You can improve airflow in your home by installing exhaust fans, changing your HVAC system’s air filter, inspecting ductwork, and checking HVAC system vents.
Install Exhaust Fans
Exhaust fans draw moisture and air from rooms and out from your home. Make sure your exhaust fans vent externally and not into an attic where the moisture will gather and create more issues. Exhaust fans are most important in the kitchen and bathroom where you have large amounts of moisture from cooking, showering, and other activities.
Change Your HVAC System’s Air Filter
You should change the air filter in your HVAC system once every one to three months. If you’re ignoring this task, the filter will become clogged with dust, dander, dirt, and other pollutants. When the filter gets clogged, your HVAC equipment has to struggle to pull air through its system. As a result, your system will use more energy in the effort, which can cause your utility bills to increase. Meanwhile, your home’s air circulation will suffer since only minimal air can pass through a clogged filter.
Fortunately, changing your HVAC system’s air filter is a task that takes only a few minutes to complete. Keep a stock of clean filters on hand so that you can make a quick swap anytime.
Inspect Your Home’s Ductwork
You can easily overlook the ductwork in your home. Without a proper professional inspection, you won’t be able to see everything. Blocked, crushed, disconnected, or leaky ducts will hamper airflow throughout your home. You may also find that your ductwork was improperly installed, featuring senseless turns and inefficient design elements.
At The Dan Wright Corp., our custom in-house ductwork fabrication work can resolve all your issues in one job if you’re dealing with a mess with your ductwork. If you have only minor issues, taking care of the proper repair and sealing tasks will enable your ducts to deliver fresh air properly to each room in the house.
Check the Vents
Work your way through your home and find and inspect all your vents. Make sure your vents are clean and unblocked. Do you have long drapes covering a floor vent? These drapes will keep air trapped around the window. Furniture placed directly over a vent will trap the air as well. Rearrange and redecorate as needed so that every vent allows free airflow.
If dust clogs your vents, those vents will blow debris into the room along with what small amount of air makes its way through the mess. Removing and cleaning a vent covering takes only a few minutes. Include this task in your cleaning routine to make sure that your vents are always in great shape.
Use Your Ceiling Fans
Ceiling fans are a simple way to boost airflow in your home. Make sure you clean your fans regularly so that you don’t circulate dust when they are running. Fans should rotate counterclockwise in summer to create a cooling effect and clockwise in winter for subtle warming.
Ceiling fans are particularly useful. Turn to fans during the spring and fall months when you might not run your air conditioner or furnace as often. Don’t forget that your HVAC system has its own fan setting as well. You can use this setting to move air through the house even when you don’t need heating or cooling. Keep in mind, however, that your air conditioner also has a dehumidifying effect. If you run the fan without the air conditioner in warm weather, you may have issues with moisture accumulation.
Do you need some extra help to keep your home fresh and comfortable? Contact The Dan Wright Corp. at 727-233-8633. Our service professionals can help you address HVAC system maintenance, proper air circulation, and indoor air quality for a healthy home.
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