Let's face it, there's nothing worse than having a malfunctioning or inefficient AC system. It can be especially frustrating when your energy bills are still high, but your house is not cooling down. Often, homeowners will just keep lowering the temp on their thermostats in order to conquer the heat. But, the problem could be that your AC system is not working because one of the vital elements has not been serviced or cleaned. Sometimes, the problem is something that can be fixed with little effort and no money. This post looks at one simple thing that might be reducing the efficiency of your AC system, and what you can do about fixing it.
Fixing Bad Airflow
Often, the problem with a residential air conditioning system is that the air is not flowing properly. That is if the cooled are is not flowing at maximum force, it is not going to cool down your home fast enough and the air will not reach every square inch. Luckily, the problem is usually something that can be fixed without having to even touch any of the expensive electrical components in the AC system. For example, a common problem is that the air registers and returns are dirty and clogged. This basically blocks the air from coming into your rooms.
So, the first thing you want to do is remove any blockages. All you need for most block registers and vents is a simple flathead screwdriver. Remove the two screws and pull the register away from the wall. Once it is removed you will want to clean in between the individual fins. There might even be a significant build-up on the inside. You should also take this time to look into your ducts with a flashlight. Look for any dust build-up where the duct runs into the drywall. Also, scan the duct walls to make sure they are dusty or (even worse) moldy. Some people will also take this opportunity to invest in new air registers. They are affordable and easy to install. Once you have new registers on your wall, you will be able to take advantage of their functionality. Registers have become more efficient and easier to open and close.
Whether you buy new registers or just put the old ones back on the wall, you will almost certainly be able to instantly notice the cleaner, healthier, and stronger airflow. If you have more questions, reach out to a professional in your area.