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HVAC Airflow: Importance and Common Issues

There are a number of concepts that are important within your home’s HVAC system, and one of the most universal across most residents’ is airflow. Referring to the pathways air is able to take while moving in and out of the home or building, airflow is vital for a number of different reasons — and remedying poor airflow is similarly important.

At FLAME Heating, Cooling, Plumbing & Electrical, we’re happy to provide a wide range of services that speak to HVAC airflow, from air duct cleaning to air quality improvements and more. Why is airflow important in the first place, and what are some common airflow issues we can help you improve? Let’s go over this and more in this two-part blog series.

Why Airflow Matters

Why is HVAC airflow so important? In short, there are a few reasons. To begin with, airflow is how your HVAC system is able to properly heat or cool your home. If the airflow in and out of your system is impeded in any way, it will have a direct impact on how well it’s able to maintain comfortable temperatures — and this often leads to uneven heating and cooling, drafts, hotspots and more.

Additionally, the air inside your home can quickly become stale if there’s not enough airflow to circulate it effectively. This can lead to a number of different respiratory issues, as well as just general discomfort. Not to mention, poor airflow can also be one of the leading causes of high energy bills, as your system will have to work overtime (and use more energy in the process) to make up for the lack of airflow.

On the other hand, good airflow is vital for maintaining a comfortable and healthy home. It helps to ensure that your HVAC system is able to function properly and efficiently, while also providing you with fresh air to breathe.

Now that we’ve gone over some of the reasons why airflow matters, let’s take a look at some of the most common issues people run into in terms of HVAC airflow.

No Air Coming Through Vents

One of the largest possible problems you can run into with your HVAC system is having no air come through the vents in your home. If this is the case, then it’s likely that there is an issue with your blower fan — which is the component of your system that’s responsible for moving air through the vents. This will typically require contacting our team for assistance.

Certain Vents Struggling

In other cases, some vents in your home may be having issues with airflow, while others are not. If this is the case, then it’s likely that there is a blockage somewhere in your ductwork. This blockage can be caused by a number of different things, from dirt and dust to pet hair to excess moisture and more. You’ll usually be able to tell if this is the issue if you notice that certain vents are blowing air harder than others, or if some are barely blowing any air at all.

If you believe you may have a blockage in your ductwork, then it’s important to contact our team so we can take a look and clear it out for you.

In part two of our series, we’ll go over some other possible airflow issues and how to remedy them. For more on this, or to learn about any of our HVAC, plumbing or electrical services, speak with the team at FLAME Heating, Cooling, Plumbing & Electrical today.

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