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5 Common Causes of Low Airflow in Your Home

When you are at work, school, or exploring the town, you may not have much control of the temperature. Yet, when you are at home, you should have full control of the air conditions so you can relax and be comfortable.

If your home feels uncomfortable, you may have a problem with low airflow. There are a variety of issues that can lead to low airflow. Here are just a few of the most common causes Modern Air Solutions has noticed with homes in the Bensalem and Philadelphia area.

Dirty Outdoor Unit

Your outdoor unit is exposed to all kinds of elements. This includes harsh temperatures, rain, snow, wind, dirt, and leaves. While trees and bushes can help shade your unit to help it run efficiently, they can also cause problems when leaves, branches, and dirt fall into your unit. Small animals can also try to nest in your outdoor unit.

If too much debris gets into your system, it will begin to cause problems. For instance, if the coils are covered in dirt, they can’t release heat. Then your system will have to work overtime to try and cool your space. This can affect the air flow and cause your energy bills to rise. It is important to clear the area around your outdoor unit regularly. You should also schedule biannual maintenance and cleaning from Modern Air Solutions.

Clogs, Leaks, and Disconnected Ducts

If your HVAC system uses air ducts to transport air back and forth, it is important to keep they clean and in working order, otherwise, you run into problems. Leaks or disconnected ducts will allow air to sneak out before it reaches its destination. This means less conditioned air makes it into your home. In this case, you may notice uneven heating.

If too much dust and dirt collect, it will clog the airways by blocking the air that is trying to pass through. The dirt can also blow into your system and cause other problems that may lead to costly repairs. This is why it is important to change the air filter regularly. For most 1” filters, you will need to change them on a monthly basis. If you think your air ducts are clogged, damaged, or disconnected, call Modern Air Solutions for maintenance and cleaning.

Lack of Vents and Return Air Runs

Most homes have vents and return air runs in every room, except the kitchen and bathroom. If you only have vents and return air runs in a few places, the air pressure may not be strong enough to reach all corners of your home. If this is the case, you may notice areas of your home that are warmer or cooler than others.

When you call Modern Air Solutions for a consultation, one of our knowledgeable technicians can help you assess the airflow in your home. If need be we can help you plan for the installation of additional vents and return air runs. Our goal is to help you and your family live comfortably.  

Furniture Blocking Vents

Yet, another way to block airflow is by placing furniture in front of or on top of your vents and return air runs. When you do, the air can get trapped between the furniture and the wall or flow. For the best comfort, keep furniture away from vents and return air runs to ensure the air can properly spread throughout your home.    

Wrong Sized Unit, Ducts, or Vents

Choosing the right size air conditioning unit is very important when installing a new HVAC system. If your air conditioning unit is too small, it will have to work overtime to warm or cool your home. On the other hand, if it is too large, it will constantly cycle on and off and wear down the parts. In this case, it may not be removing humidity which can leave your home sticky and uncomfortable.  

Duct and vent size are also important. The air pressure will drop if the ducts are too large and there will be less force to propel the air out. In this case, you will experience decreased efficiency and higher energy bills. If your vents are too small, they could be restricting the air from blowing into your home. Call Modern Air Solutions for a consultation to ensure your unit, ducts, and vents are properly sized for your home.

Call Modern Air Solutions to Solve Your Low Air Flow Problem

These are just a few of the most common causes of low airflow. There are a variety of other issues that can be causing discomfort in your home. The best way to make sure any issues are fixed properly and your systems are running efficiently is to call the professionals at Modern Air Solutions. You can do so through our website or by calling 1-(215)-490-6433.

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