How Can Air Balancing Maximize Comfort in Your Home?
Air balancing can have a lot of benefits for your home. It will improve air circulation, increase overall energy efficiency, and enhance the overall performance of your air conditioning and heating system. For a homeowner in the Tallahassee area, it means delivering the right amount of air (hot or cold) to each room making your home more comfortable.
Basically, air balancing is the process of testing and adjusting HVAC systems to ensure the best harmony.
In this article, we’ll share a few ways you can adjust the airflow in your home. Because air balancing can become complicated, we suggest calling a trusted John D. Jones technician to handle any problems or answer any questions you may have. We are always excited to help!
1. Try a 2 Degree Offset
Sometimes there are two thermostats in your home, (especially in two-story houses) set the temperatures to have a 2-degree off-set. For example, upstairs could be set at 74 degrees and downstairs at 72. This will help with uneven temperatures. Not every house is the same, so experimenting with two-degree off-sets will help create your ideal comfort level.
2. Check Filters for Cleanliness
Here at John D. Jones, we really encourage our customers to prioritize the cleanliness of their home filters. There are numerous reasons to keep filters clean:
- Improves your air quality – cleaning the dust that builds up on your filters will aid with the flow of air and if allergies are an issue in your home, this can help alleviate some of those symptoms.
Reduced airflow through your heating and cooling system can cause overheating and shut off too quickly. Keep the filter clean and it will aid in the efficiency of your furnace. This is extremely important as we enter the winter in the Panhandle! Would you believe the most common reason an HVAC breaks down is due to a dirty filter? A dirty filter makes your system work harder causing it to overheat.
Heating your home typically makes up about 42% of your utility bill. A clogged filter simply cannot provide as much airflow as one that is cleaned. This alone will help keep your energy costs down.
3. Prevent Airflow Restrictions
Do not cover vents with furniture, rugs, or any other items that will restrict airflow. When you block a vent, your system has to work harder. Vents are there to supply the free flow of air. Vents need about 18 inches of space. Your furniture should be placed strategically around vents.
4. Place Thermostat Fan Setting to “ON”
Most systems have two fan settings: On and Auto. By enabling the “ON” setting, the fan will blow continuously which will filter and will consistently keep indoor air moving-unlike when it is placed on “auto.” Both settings come with pros and cons. When flipping to the On setting, you may see an increase in your utility bill.
5. Fix Your Duct Work
Fix any ductwork damage and or defects. Problems with ductwork can cause uneven distribution. If the duct airflow system is out of balance you will find that when heating, some rooms are not warm enough while others are too cool.
We highly suggest calling us at 850-539-7294 to set up an appointment with Tallahassee’s trusted Heating and Cooling technicians at John D. Jones for ductwork fixes. Not using professional services can lead to bigger problems with your system. To check the air balance, HVAC technicians will need to test your system’s performance.
When choosing John D. Jones, we will be able to help with any HVAC issues, as well as identify any underlying problems before they become bigger complications.
If ever in doubt, the best recommendation is getting a professional opinion from an HVAC technician. John D. Jones provides trusted, professional heating and cooling services to Tallahassee, as well as most of the Panhandle. If you’re looking to improve the air balance in your home, visit our website, www.johnjoneshvac.com, or call us at 850-539-7294. for assistance. John D. Jones A/C, Heating, and Refrigeration is fully licensed and insured.