If you notice uneven temperatures throughout your Lenexa, KS, home and higher utility bills, poor airflow and energy efficiency are likely the culprits. Here are five factors that can cause poor airflow and energy efficiency in your home:
Clogged Air Filters
Dirty air filters are a major contributing factor of poor airflow and energy efficiency. When the filter is dirty, air cannot flow adequately. Your HVAC system will consume more energy to disperse air throughout your home, causing even the most efficient models to become inefficient.
According to the Energy Information Administration, 91% of newly constructed homes since 2000 contained ducted HVAC systems. The ductwork in these homes will develop holes and cracks over time that will allow air leakage.
When there are leaks in the ductwork, uneven air distribution throughout the home can interfere with comfort and increase utility bills. Experts recommend having your ductwork resealed every 10 years.
Even the smallest refrigerant leaks can significantly impact the performance of your HVAC system. When your system isn’t working at peak performance, it’ll consume more energy. Refrigerant leaks are most common in systems that have been poorly maintained, so regular maintenance is critical.
Dirty Condenser Coils
Condenser coils in the outdoor unit are responsible for sending heat outside and bringing cool air into your home. These copper coils contain refrigerant. When dirt and debris build up on the condenser coils, your unit will have to use more energy to maintain your desired temperature, significantly increasing your energy bills.
Blocked vents are a common reason for poor airflow. Fortunately, this issue is easy to remedy because all you need to do is make sure there is approximately 8 inches of free space around all vents to allow for optimal airflow. Make sure the vents are also open in occupied rooms.
If you’re a resident of Lenexa, KS, or the surrounding areas and have been contending with discomfort and high utility bills, contact Air-Pro Comfort Systems for heating and air conditioning repair services. We look forward to serving you.
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