How To Adjust The Airflow Inside Your Home

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How comfortable your home is partly depends on the amount of airflow you have going through it. You can make adjustments to the airflow throughout your home by making changes to your homes vent's, heating ducts or even by opening a window or two. When you ensure there is sufficient airflow throughout your home, it can also help minimize your cooling and heating bills:

What You Will Need

  • Permanent Marker
  • Flashlight
  • Electric Fan
  • Ceiling Fan

Adjust the Ducts

Step 1. Search your home to find all of the ducts that carry the conditioned air throughout your home. These are usually located in your basement, crawlspace or attic. With a flashlight, locate the small levers on the ducts that control the dampers.

Step 2. Check the angle of the lever relative to the ductwork. If the lever is parallel to the ductwork, it means the damper inside is completely open. However, if it is perpendicular to the ductwork, this means the damper is fully closed. If the damper is closed, then little or no air is coming through that duct.

Step 3. Turn the lever to increase or reduce the amount of airflow going through the duct. When you're doing this, you should adjust only one lever at a time so as to see how it impacts the overall airflow throughout your home.

Step 4. Use a permanent marker to mark the position of the levers once you've got them adjusted the way you want them. This will make it easier each year when you want to switch from summer to winter settings or back again.

Adjust the Registers

Step 1. Find the registers in every room in your home. Depending on how old your home is and the type of system it has, the registers may be in the wall, floor or ceiling.

Step 2. Use the lever on each register (if it has one) to adjust it. If the register doesn't have a lever, you'll have to remove the register so you can manually close or open the vent.

Step 3. You should wait a couple of days after adjusting each register so you can determine how it affects the airflow in your home.

Make Use of Fans

Step 1. If you're still having a problem of stuffiness or lack of air circulation in certain rooms, try adding a fan. A ceiling fan or a floor fan can significantly increase air circulation without greatly impacting your electricity bill.

Step 2. In summer nights or during warm winter days, try opening a window or two to allow air from the outside to flow through your home. On a particularly hot day in the summer, try opening an upstairs window to vent the hot air floating up from the first floor.

Step 3. Make sure you use kitchen and bathroom fans to expel any moist hot air produced by cooking or showering. This will increase airflow in your home and reduce the chance of mold and mildew in these areas.

If you have more questions or want more help, then you'll need help from a company that can teach you more. Try contacting a company like McKinney Heating & Air Conditioning with any questions or concerns you have.

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