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Is Your Air Flow All it Should Be?

Air Conditioner Filter July TipIt’s hot out so air conditioning is important! But what if yours isn’t creating the comfortable sanctuary you need? Are certain areas of your home much warmer than others? Improper air flow will cause “hot spots”—uneven cooling or heating flows from room to room. Not only is this uncomfortable, but it can be dangerous to those who are susceptible to heat like infants, the elderly, and pets.

Proper air flow will balance air distribution and improve capacity and efficiency. How can you ensure your home has proper air flow? Check for clogged coils, dirty filters, and holes in air ducts, which can all cause improper air flow and prevent cool air from being adequately dispersed throughout the home. These can all be corrected, or prevented, by having your home’s air system routinely checked by a trained professional.

Evaporator Coils

Evaporator coils are typically the first area your trained professional will check. Evaporator coils naturally accumulate dust and debris over time, which causes them to become clogged resulting in reduced airflow, unbalanced refrigerant levels, and increased utility bills. Often, a simple, and regular, cleaning can fix this issue. Ignoring it can cause significantly decreased performance and reduce the lifespan of your equipment.

Filters

Dirty filters not only reduce air flow, but also lower air quality significantly. Depending on the type of air filter you buy, experts suggest changing the filter every 1-3 months. If you have pets in the home, you will likely want to change your filter more often as pet hair and dander can cause filters to become dirty more quickly.

Air Ducts

Leaks and holes in air ducts redirect air flow and disrupt air pressure. A trained professional can test your air ducts for seal leaks. If the leak is small, it may be possible to seal the duct with metal-backed tape. Despite its name, duct tape is not a suitable fix in this situation. If the duct has a visible hole, replacing the affected section may be best.

Neglect of proper maintenance is the main cause of air conditioner failure. Check your air conditioner often—twice per year is recommended for top performance. Contact a Glover Services trained professional today to make sure your air conditioner is in top working order!

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