How to Increase Airflow Through Vents
Have you noticed that the airflow from your HVAC vents isn’t what it used to be? If the airflow has diminished, it means the cooled or warmed air from your HVAC system isn’t making its way into your home efficiently. Low airflow means your house is either too hot, because the cold air isn’t getting circulated, or too cold because the warm air from the furnace can’t get through. Wondering how to increase airflow through vents in your house? You’ve come to the right place.
Below, we’ll look at four common causes of low airflow from HVAC vents and provide effective solutions to improve your HVAC system’s airflow.
The Air Filter
Your air filter is the gatekeeper to your HVAC system. It catches and traps dust, dirt, pollen, and other airborne particles before they can get into your heating and cooling system. While it keeps your indoor air cleaner, it also protects your HVAC equipment from getting clogged with dirt and debris.
If the air filter is clogged or dirty, or if the filter is the wrong fit and is too narrow, you may notice weak airflow from vents in your house. A clogged filter means that the system has to work harder to pull in the same amount of air. This not only affects your energy efficiency but also compromises the flow through the system and out through your vents. To address this issue, check your air filter regularly and replace it as needed, typically every one to three months. Regular maintenance and tune-ups for your HVAC system can also prevent this problem and reduce the chance of airflow issues.
If your ducts have any cracks, holes, or seams that leak air, it can significantly impact your airflow. Instead of blowing steadily and consistently through the ducts and out the vents, the air escapes through those leaks, reducing the amount of air that reaches the vents.
To tackle duct leakage, a thorough inspection of your ductwork is necessary. Look for visible signs of damage such as gaps, cracks, or disconnected sections. Sealing these leaks with duct tape or mastic sealant can help restore proper airflow. For more extensive ductwork issues, it’s recommended to seek professional assistance. An HVAC technician can conduct a comprehensive inspection, identify any leaks, and provide the necessary repairs or recommend duct sealing services.
Undersized or Oversized Ductwork
Your ducts are the channels through which the heated or cooled air flows to the vents, playing a critical role in delivering air into your home. If the ducts are too big, the air gets lost on its way to the vents. Conversely, if the ducts are too small, the HVAC system can’t effectively push the air out. Whether they are too big or too small, improperly sized ducts will affect your airflow.
To address this issue, it’s important to consult with an HVAC professional who can assess your ductwork system. They will evaluate the size and layout of your home, consider the HVAC system’s capacity, and recommend appropriate duct sizing or modifications. Upgrading or resizing your ductwork can significantly improve the airflow throughout your home and enhance the overall performance of your HVAC system.
Too few Return Vents
Return vents play a crucial role in allowing air to flow back into the HVAC system for reconditioning. If there are too few return vents in your home, it can restrict airflow, similar to trying to water your lawn with a soaker hose that only has a few holes. The HVAC system will heat or cool enough air, but it only has limited pathways to distribute that air to the rooms in your home.
To address this issue, consider consulting with an HVAC professional who can assess your home’s layout and recommend additional return vents in strategic locations. By increasing the number of return vents, you provide multiple pathways for air to return to the HVAC system, enhancing overall airflow and improving the temperature consistency throughout your home.
Improve HVAC Air Flow with Help from Velocity Heating & Air Conditioning
You don’t have to suffer in an uncomfortably warm or cool home. If you have issues with the airflow through the vents in your home, contact Velocity Heating & Air Conditioning for an appointment. Our team of expert technicians is experienced in diagnosing and resolving airflow problems. They will assess your HVAC system, identify any underlying issues, and provide effective solutions to improve your airflow. Don’t hesitate to call (813) 370-0299 to get started today. Breathe easy knowing our experts are on the job, ensuring your home is comfortable and your HVAC system operates at its best.