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Better Home Air Flow

Proper airflow is essential to the comfort of your home and efficiency of your furnace. If you have cold spots in your home, or it seems like your furnace takes forever to heat your home the problem might not be with the furnace itself, it could be an airflow problem from dirty and clogged ducts. Running your furnace inefficiently means more than cold rooms, it can also mean higher heating costs. Signs that you’ve probably got leaky ducts include:

  1. Cold spots in your home while your furnace is running

  2. Dusty rooms after turning on your HVAC system

  3. Higher utility bills

Here are three simple solutions to improve your furnace’s airflow without needing to call a professional.

Moder design with exposed sheet metal ductwork in a repurposed shipping container used as commerical office space

Unblock and clean your vents – vents are usually blocked by furniture or drapes, decreasing their ability to supply air to your room (costing you money and comfort). Clean the dust off the vents’ grills so that nothing impedes airflow (or spreads dust around your home for that matter).

Change your filters and clean your air return grill – a dirty air filter impedes air movement and increases your furnace workload. You should change your air filter whenever it is visibly dirty – usually every two months during peak times, check your filter manufacturers guidelines. Use a vacuum to clean the dust off the air return grill routinely.

Seal leaky ductwork – according to Energy Star, “About 20 percent of the air that moves through the duct system is lost due to leaks, holes, and poorly connected ducts. The result is higher utility bills and difficulty keeping the house comfortable, no matter how the thermostat is set.”

To seal your leaky ducts, follow these simple steps:

  1. Locate your air ducts (look in your attic, basement, or crawl space)Turn on your furnace.

  2. Feel along the sides of the air ducts so you can feel where hot air is escaping. Look for black marks, which are signs of leaks – usually connections at vents and registers where they meet the floor, walls and ceiling.

  3. Seal with mastic-type sealant, not ‘duct tape’, it’s not a long-term solution to sealing air ducts.

These tips will help to solve many airflow problems in your home. But if problems persist with your furnace and you need air duct cleaning in Calgary, it may be time to contact a professional for an accurate diagnosis.

-Just in Time Furnace