Many people think that if they are experiencing reduced efficiency in the heating and air conditioning function, that they need to replace their furnace or heat pump. While these appliances are the most important factor when it comes to the efficiency of your system, there might be other causes of your problem. Often, no matter how efficient and powerful your furnace is, your system won't be as productive as it should be if your air ducts are not properly maintain. This article explains two simple steps for a cleaner, healthier, and more productive air duct system.
Clean the Return Air Register
The first thing you should do is clean the return air register. The return air register is inside your house, mounted to the wall. This is where air is sucked back into your duct system from your house. You can tell the return air register because air does not flow out of it when your heat or AC is running. In fact, this is where air is sucked in. Most return air registers have a filter on the inside. However, some filters are actually located on the furnace. Regardless, you want to remove the register from the wall and make sure that the vent blades are as clean as possible. Any dust or dirt clogging the vent blades is only going to slow down the productivity of your furnace. On top of that, it is going to cause your filter to get dirty very quickly. So, cleaning your return air register on a regular basis is proper maintenance that you should not neglect.
Tape and Insulate the Exposed Ducts
The next thing you should do is check all of your exposed air ducts seems. While your AC or heat is running, run your hand pass the seams to make sure there is no air leaking. The exposed ducts, which are usually in the basement or utility room, can get nudged and knocked loose. Even a small gap in the seam can cause reduced airflow. You can solve this by taping the seams to hold the ducts together and prevent them from losing air. You can even go one step further and add insulation to all of your expose ducts. This is particularly helpful if you live in a cold climate and want to make your hear more efficient during the winter.
In the end, not all these jobs will be necessary for your system. However, they're all worth checking, and immediately repairing if necessary. For professional help, contact a company like Tailor Made Maintenance Inc.