Optimizing your home’s indoor air conditioning by setting the system to your preferred temperature takes time and planning. To help achieve this, you need to know how to maximize your air vents, which is simple to do and can really help you make the most of your HVAC unit without having to spend more on your utility bill.
Maximizing Your Airflow
In order to maximize your home’s indoor airflow, you must first understand how warm and cool air works. Warm air rises, while cool air falls. This is a natural phenomenon that occurs everywhere, even in your home. To get airflow to work to your advantage, you first need to identify the location of your air vents. If they’re near the floor and the air is warm outside, adjust the vents in a way that allows the cool air to flow upward. That way, it won’t stay at floor level and will be able to circulate around your home more efficiently.
When using your HVAC system during colder weather, you can still maximize your airflow by adjusting your air vents accordingly. For instance, if you think your home isn’t getting warm enough, don’t call your local technician for a heating repair just yet; your airflow may just need to be adjusted. If your air vents are near the ceiling, try to point them downwards. The warm air will still rise even if it flows downward. Otherwise, the warm air from your vents will rise straight up and escape your home and won’t be able to properly keep it warm.
Most air vent covers are used to protect your ducts from unwanted debris and help reduce drafts, so they don’t really direct airflow. If you feel drafts near your air vents, you can install a vent diffuser or Victorian-style vent covers, which help diffuse the airflow better than standard grilles. Using a vent deflector is also helpful, since it can redirect vents more accurately.
If there’s a room or part of a room in your home where you don’t want airflow, you can close that vent entirely by placing an adjustable vent deflector over it to limit or block the air. This redirects airflow to other rooms. For metal vent grilles, you can use magnetic vent covers to prevent air from coming through; just make sure you block no more than ten percent of your vents if needed. Otherwise, it can create excess air pressure in your ducts and create wasted air leakage, as well as damage the components of your HVAC system.
If you need a reliable, certified technician to perform an HVAC repair, you can count on the quality services of our technicians at Broom Heating & Air Conditioning. Call us today at (803) 754-9409 for more information about our products and services. You can also contact us online for an appointment.