If you want to live comfortably in your home, you would be surprised just how important the role of good airflow plays. Get it wrong and you can suffer from uneven cooling or heating, and poor indoor air quality, as well as end up with higher-than-needed fuel bills.
So, what can you do to ensure that the air flows smoothly and efficiently throughout your home? Well, perhaps the best way to look at the situation is to imagine your home as a living being, and all living beings require air.
In older property, often that air can enter the property through small cracks and gaps around doors and windows. Modest amounts are no bad thing as freshly circulating air helps to reduce problems with damp and can help the property “breathe”. However, with modern properties, these are virtually hermetically sealed, especially with the installation of double-glazed doors and windows. Yes, double glazing can greatly reduce energy bills, but if the home is sealed tight when all doors and windows are closed, how does the air get to circulate? The simple answer is that it will need a helping hand.
Mechanical ventilation through the use of air ducts that push air throughout your home work well, as do intakes and exhaust outlets that expel used air.
The problem then comes with the type of blower you use. You can use a single-speed blower that means it has to be calibrated based on the internal pressure of your home, a task we frequently carry out at A&E Air Conditioning and Heating in Bulverde, TX to help our clients optimize the energy efficiency of their home. Variable-speed blowers allow you to have greater personal control over the effectiveness and fuel efficiency of your system.
Finally, there is zoning where, through the use of a single-speed air handler and return registers in each room, you can then open and close the registers based on specific needs.
If you are unsure whether or not the airflow in your home is optimized, please give us a call and we’ll be glad to come out and advise you how to achieve the best from your home heating system.