Is Your Home HVAC System Making Your Home Dusty?
Air circulation is an important and often overlooked aspect of home comfort: proper movement of air through your home will reduce dust, even out indoor temperatures, prevent mold growth, and even help you control humidity in your Pennsylvania home.
Of course, there will always be some days where outdoor conditions will work against airflow – a sticky summer day in PA, for example – but you can still encourage circulation and relieve some of the burden on your home cooling system by following these six tips.
6 Tips For Home Air Circulation
- Let the air in – Whenever possible, open windows to keep fresh air circulating, especially on low-humidity days. If you have an attic, consider installing an attic fan to remove stagnant hot air from your home.
- Clean regularly – By minimizing dust and dirt with frequent cleaning, you’ll lighten the load on your A/C filters (see #3 below), which will keep air moving freely and your equipment running more efficiently. Mop hardwood, tile, and composite floors once a week and vacuum carpets regularly – preferably with a HEPA-rated filter.
- Change or clean your air filters – A clogged filter will inhibit airflow within your home cooling system, making your home less comfortable, raising your energy bills, and overworking your system. Check air filters once a week, cleaning or changing them (depending on the model) when needed.
- Consider professional duct sealing – Holes or cracks in your ductwork can draw dust in from the cavities of your home and redistribute it throughout the house. Unfortunately, not all of those cracks or holes are in places that can be easily seen; to solve the problem, you need professional duct sealing – an investment that could be worthwhile, considering that you could be losing up to 15 percent of the air you pay to cool via duct leaks.
- Service your A/C equipment – When it comes to getting the most out of your home comfort equipment – including making sure air is flowing the way it should – there’s no substitute for a comprehensive tune-up from a qualified technician. With proper maintenance, your cooling equipment will keep the air clear and moving throughout your home.
- Upgrade old cooling equipment – An old, inefficient central air conditioner has a harder time moving air than a new, high-efficiency unit; if your cooling system is well into its second decade, consider an A/C upgrade – it will likely pay for itself in just a few years in energy efficiency alone, not to mention keeping your family more comfortable along the way.
Follow these six tips to keep the air in your house moving this summer!
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