Operating your heating and air conditioning system requires a significant amount of energy and comprises a good portion of your yearly energy costs. This is why it pays to take the necessary steps to ensure you’re getting the most out of your system in terms of performance. One of these steps is making sure the warm or cool air gets distributed to every room in your house. In this blog, Custom Air Systems discusses how proper HVAC airflow translates to better energy efficiency.
An Overlooked Aspect of Your HVAC System
The type of thermostat you have and its location in your home are things worth considering when upgrading to a new HVAC unit. However, you shouldn’t overlook the importance of quality airflow, because this impacts the efficiency of your heating and cooling system. Yours might be properly sized for your home, but if the ductwork and registers are restricting airflow, you may not be able to make the most of your investment.
Understanding HVAC Airflow
As air moves and flows, it works to create a balance between areas of high and low pressure. If there’s a gap and pressure difference, you can expect the air to move along that path no matter what happens. Barriers, therefore, are put up to control the path the air takes. In this context, the barriers are the air ducts that distribute heated or cooled air throughout your house. Negative pressure, however, is created when there’s a leak, causing air to flow into areas it’s not supposed to be, including behind walls and in crawl spaces.
Signs of Airflow Issues
A thorough inspection carried out by heating and cooling technicians can help determine if there’s an airflow problem in your home. The following are the signs to watch out for:
- Uneven temperatures – Inconsistent heating and cooling is an indication of an airflow problem. One or two of the rooms in your home might feel hotter or colder than the rest if your house has airflow issues.
- Weak airflow from registers – There’s also a problem if some of the registers are blowing less warm or cold air than others. Airflow into any part of your house should be the same.
- Pressure imbalance – Door movement, whistling sounds and drafty areas all mean there’s a pressure imbalance resulting from poor airflow.
Keep your home thermally comfortable while ensuring energy costs are minimal by turning to a reliable HVAC installation and maintenance contractor like Custom Air Systems. Give us a call at (281) 489-1830 to learn more about our heating and air conditioning services. You may also fill out our contact form to schedule a free estimate or service appointment.