With March beginning, summer will be in Arizona before you know it. So we are shifting our focus to your air conditioning systems.
Have you ever felt like it takes forever to cool your home or that some rooms in your home never get cool at all?
The problem may not be with your air conditioner, but with improper airflow.
Airflow is essential to your air conditioner’s performance and your home’s comfort.
Airflow is a measure of the amount of air that enters and exits your air conditioning and heating system. In order to work properly, your system’s airflow must be properly balanced (the amount of air it takes in is equal to the amount of air it supplies to your home.)
Balanced airflow is important because it:
Problems that disrupt the balance of airflow are usually related to your:
Let’s discuss these in more detail.
One of the biggest problems that affect airflow is problems with your home’s ductwork.
Imagine your internal ducts are like the blood vessels in your body’s circulatory system. Your ducts transport air just like your blood vessels transport blood around your body. So if your blood vessels were leaking, your body wouldn’t function properly since it couldn’t properly transport the blood.
Similarly, if your supply or return ducts have a leak, your home can’t properly transport air where you need it.
Leaky air ducts cause you numerous problems including:
If you can reach your ducts, you may be able to seal the small leaks in your air ducts by yourself using a mastic sealer. But many leaks occur where you can’t easily access them. In that case, it’s best if you call a professional.
Your supply vents are where cold air is blown into your home. The three most common supply air vent problems that affect airflow are:
Whether your vents are undersized, blocked or dirty, all of them cause your air conditioner to run longer, which wastes electricity and increases your utility bill.
You can unblock and clean your supply vents. But if they’re undersized, you need a contractor to come out and fix them.
Your return air vents are where air is sucked up into your ductwork and returned to your air conditioner. Return air vents have similar problems to supply air vents, including being:
It affects you the same as the problems with your supply air vents. You can clean the grill and replace the air filter, but if the vent is undersized, you need a professional to fix it.
Your air conditioning system will be more energy efficient and provide better comfort this summer if its airflow is properly balanced.
Do you need help sealing your air ducts or installing properly sized air vents? Contact Fountain Hill Air for help. We serve the the Fountain Hills and the entire East Valley.