Air balancing can make a significant impact on your home, increase your energy efficiency and improve the overall performance of your HVAC system. For you, this means making sure that each room gets the appropriate amount of cold and hot air, and making for a more comfortable, enjoyable living space.
Your first question is probably ‘what the heck is air balancing?’ and well, simply put – it’s the process that modifies your HVAC system to make sure air is more evenly distributed throughout your home. That means one area of your home won’t be hotter or colder than another.
Here’s some tips on how you, yourself can improve the overall airflow in your house and make a more comfortable space to live in.
Keep your air filters clean
Keeping your air filters clean is important for a number of reasons, but in this case it’s important in order for your airflow to stay constant. The common sense thing that happens when there’s too much dirt in a filter is that it clogs airflow, so make sure you’re cleaning up all the debris that builds up. This should also lead to better air quality as well as less grime will be pushed through your home.
Prevent restrictions and obstruction
Make sure that your registers aren’t covered with things like furniture or other things that might prevent air from getting out into a room. When you block the vent, the system has to work harder and that can mean a more expensive utility bill at the end of the month. We recommend about 18 inches or so of space between your vents and any potential obstruction.
Use your fan
One thing a lot of homeowners fail to do with regards to their HVAC system is use their fans enough as they can have a big impact on the air quality of your home. Y putting it on the ‘on’ position, the filter will always be replacing your indoor air and will help keep air steady. This might be a little bit more costly on the old utility bill, but it can be a happy compromise for people who just want a cooler space without the strings of paying a lot more on their utility bill.
The offset trick
If you’re in home with two stories, we always recommend offsetting your thermostats by 2 degrees. What we mean is that there’s a 2 degree difference between the two floors. The upstairs could be set at 74 while the downstairs will be set at 72. This way, you’ll keep both right about the same in terms of temperature and allows for a more even feeling throughout the home.
If you try these and they’re not working, hire a pro to come in and do an analysis. They’ll be able to help you identify weak spots and help you achieve the best possible air quality in your home. Good luck!