Poor airflow can ruin the efficiency of your furnace, and in extreme cases it may lead to necessary repairs. For example, if the warm air isn't flowing well through your vents, or if the heater isn't drawing cool air in for reheating, this can put stress on the motor, fans, and belts. With time, this can cause these parts to wear out prematurely. Solving an airflow problem can prolong the life of your furnace, while also keeping you warmer and saving energy.
The simplest air flow problems to diagnose and remedy yourself are the vents – both the registers and the air returns. In most homes, heater registers are placed near or on the floor, since hot air rises. This means it's really easy to accidentally block them with rugs, furniture and other items. Before firing on the furnace for the season, walk around your house and make sure every vent is unblocked and open. You may want to repeat this task daily or weekly for the remainder of the heating season, especially in kids' rooms where toys or clothes sometimes end up on the floor.
Clean the Ducts
Dirty ducts can lead to blockages and decreased air flow. One place where blockages tend to occur is at the first bend in the ductwork behind a vent. Dirt can collect there, or small children may drop items down the vents. Removing the vent cover and vacuuming it out once a season can increase the flow and efficiency of your furnace. If you have recently had construction, or if you have shedding pets, you may need to consider professional duct cleaning from an HVAC company like Kook & Son Inc. They can remove blockages deeper inside the duct system.
Change the Filters
Most furnace filters need changed monthly during the home heating season. Do this chore on the same day every month to make it easier to remember. If you have a reusable filter, you can simply vacuum it off and then replace it, while disposable filters require a full replacement. Some reusable filters advise hosing them off to get them completely clean. In this case, dry the filter completely before sliding it back into place and operating the furnace.
Leaks are usually caused by a poor seal at the duct joints or from damage to the duct work. These leaks can lead to diminished air flow. The simplest solution is to have your ducts professionally inspected for leaks, and then have them sealed. You may be able to find a few leaks on your own if you have a basement and your duct work is fully exposed. Look for gaps between duct joints and seal them with HVAC repair tape.Share
19 June 2015
Do you know when to call a plumber? I had it in my head that plumbing was a simple system in my home that I could manage myself, but quickly learned otherwise. After completing a bathroom renovation myself and having a few of the water and drain pipe connections fail, I quickly learned that it was one job that I should have left to a professional. My website offers you simple solutions to small plumbing issues and a short guide to help you determine if your best option is to call in the professional plumbers. Hopefully, my mistakes will help you learn what not to do in your home.