As soon as I purchased my first home, I realized that it was going to be difficult to take care of all of the appliances. I was worried that some components would fail or that others would simply suffer from neglect. Unfortunately, I had no idea what to do in order to avoid these types of problems. To ward off my worries, I decided to hire a professional HVAC contractor who could help. I was able to find an incredible business in my area who really cared about their products and services. They taught me how to look for problems and how to troubleshoot a lagging system. Check out this blog for more information about protecting your HVAC system.
Have you noticed that the hot air from your furnace isn't coming out of the air ducts as well as it could? If so, you could have air flow problems from the furnace. Look into it being one of these 3 problems when trying to fix it.
Dirty Air Filter
The simplest solution can sometimes be the most effective. Start by taking a look at the furnace's air filter. Can you remember the last time that you changed it? If not, you are long overdue for a filter change. If an air filter is filled will dust, dirt, and debris, it will limit the amount of air that can pass through the filter. This leads to reduced air flow in your home, which only makes the furnace work harder to get the temperature of your home to match the thermostat settings.
Air Duct Leaks
If you have a basement, many of the air ducts should be exposed. You'll want to let the furnace run while checking for leaks in the air ducts. If the air is escaping the ductwork before it ever gets to a room, it could be causing the air flow to be diminished.
Thankfully, it's easy to fix this problem on your own. You can buy special air duct tape at your local home improvement store. It has an aluminum foil backing that prevents air from seeping through the material. Simply wipe the air duct down over the seam so that it is dry, and apply the tape over the part that is leaking.
Incorrectly Installed Air Ducts
Does your home have an addition that was added after the HVAC system was installed. If so, the ductwork going to that room may have been installed incorrectly. Air ducts need curves to allow heat to naturally travel to each room of your house. When building an addition, the previous owners may have taken shortcuts, and added onto the existing HVAC system by putting a hole in the ductwork and sticking the pipe in at a 90 degree angle. The result will be air flow to the addition that is significantly worse than the other rooms of your home.
To fix this problem, you'll need to hare an HVAC contractor that will replace these sections for you. The new curved portions that they put in will be able to take natural air flow in the vents and direct it more efficiently in the addition.