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How Can I Improve Air Flow In My Home?

The way air moves throughout the rooms of your home has a significant impact on how it feels and smells.

An unbalanced Heating & Cooling system will struggle to maintain a consistent temperature throughout your home. You may notice some rooms being colder than others during the winter months and some hotter during the summer months. This is due to an unequal amount of air moving through your ductwork and your home.

For example, in the winter, if you have heat registers in rooms that are in direct contact with several outside walls and only one register located on an interior wall, you may need to balance the airflow from each of the register vents. Otherwise, this may cause cold spots (where it feels cooler compared to other parts of the same room).

The opposite would be true for summertime. Rooms that are in direct contact with very little outside walls may feel colder than other rooms in the summer. It’s possible to have too much airflow for some areas and not enough supply air in other areas. The easiest way to resolve this is by increasing or decreasing the airflow supplied to certain registers throughout your home.

This can be done by adjusting the position of damper doors on each register vent or return-air vent. Some HVAC units even have an automatic balance feature programmed into their system, which will detect unbalanced conditions and automatically adjust them for you.

It is possible to balance the airflow from each of your heating and cooling registers by adjusting the damper position yourself. However, it is recommended that you hire a Residential HVAC contractor to come out and complete this job for you. They have the proper knowledge and tools required to get this done right without causing any damage to your home’s ductwork.

If you need help balancing the airflow of your heating & cooling system, Contact Upstate Air.

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