In order to maintain good indoor air quality, it’s important to have good ventilation. A steady supply of clean air helps eliminate moisture, odors, and other contaminants. Your HVAC system is key to getting the best ventilation for your home. Here are three areas to focus on.
Are Vents Good for the Best Ventilation?
One of the biggest hindrances to your home’s ventilation is blocked vents or registers. If there’s furniture set against them or drapes hanging down over them, air won’t be able to flow properly. Make sure there’s at least 6 inches of clearance around each of your vents to ensure proper airflow.
Don’t close your vents either. Many people think that closing the vents when they’re not in the room will save energy. However, not only does this impede proper ventilation, it can also cause a pressure imbalance which will waste energy and damage your system over time. If you want to save energy by not heating or cooling empty rooms, invest in a zoning system instead.
Finally, you should clean your vent covers every six months or so to prevent dirt buildup. Remove the covers with a screwdriver and wash them with soap and water. Then, replace the covers.
Are Filters Good for the Best Ventilation?
Change your HVAC system’s air filter regularly. As dirt and debris build up over time, they can restrict airflow. Not only does this cause ventilation problems, it also lowers your IAQ and forces your system to use more energy.
Check the filter every month and replace it every three to six months, depending on the quality of the filter. If the filter is white and translucent, it’s still good. However, if it’s turned gray and opaque, then it’s clogged and should be replaced.
Is Duct Sealing Good for the Best Ventilation?
Pinhole leaks and other damage to your ductwork prevent conditioned air from reaching your home. They can cause energy losses of up to 30%. Call your HVAC technician to inspect your ductwork and seal it properly to improve ventilation.
For more help getting the best ventilation for your home, contact us at Mowery Heating, Cooling and Plumbing. We take care of all of Indianapolis’ home-comfort needs.