During the warmer summer months, ensuring your HVAC system has great airflow is of paramount importance. And in the hot summers of Plano, TX, it’s especially crucial. Let’s look at a few ways you can improve your small business’s airflow this summer.
1. Use Ceiling Fans
Ceiling fans are an easy, cost-effective way to boost airflow. They won’t necessarily lower the temperature in your business, but they’ll often make you feel significantly cooler since they push the air around. That’s because the movement of air speeds up the evaporation of sweat.
Plus, the feeling of a breeze against your skin is always refreshing. And if you don’t have ceiling fans, an oscillating fan or even a box fan can achieve a similar effect.
2. Schedule Preventive Maintenance
We recommend scheduling preventive maintenance for your HVAC system each year. This useful service will help you see if your system has any potential problems, and one of our experienced HVAC professionals will fix them before the hottest part of summer.
During routine maintenance, we often find that dirt buildup, clogged filters, and other issues are impeding airflow. Once we resolve these issues, you’ll likely find that your utility bills go down.
3. Consider Duct Cleaning
Changing your filter removes a good bit of dust and other contaminants from your system, but most buildings have at least some issues in the ductwork. Over time, dust and dirt can accumulate, resulting in poor airflow. Duct cleaning is a quick and easy way to resolve the issue.
Some buildings also may have ductwork with cracks or leaks. If the cracks are severe enough, they can make cooling significantly less efficient. Our team can seal off any cracks or other issues and get your system back in shape in no time.
4. Clean Your Vents
When considering airflow, you’re probably thinking of your system as a whole. But even some dust buildup in your vents can get in the way of proper airflow. Luckily, this is an easy fix — check to see if anything is stuck on the inside of each one, and make sure to wipe down your vents on a regular basis.
When you vacuum, take a moment to vacuum each vent as well. When you do this regularly, dust won’t have a chance to build up significantly, and your vents shouldn’t experience airflow issues.
5. Keep All Vents Open
Some business owners close off selected vents to direct cooler air to their most-used rooms. However, doing this will usually slow down the flow of air through your entire building. If you want to maximize airflow, make sure all your vents are open.
Even if your vents are open, make sure that furniture or other items aren’t blocking them. For example, if you have a large recliner sitting right on top of a vent, the cool air coming from it’ll slow down, interrupting the rest of your building’s airflow.
6. Pay Attention to Your Air Filter
If you experience issues with airflow, it’s a good idea to first check your filter. Generally speaking, you’ll want to change it every other month.
However, be sure to check in with your HVAC professional to make sure you have the right filter for your system and your building. In some cases, very tightly woven filters that catch more particles can end up getting in the way of airflow. If you aren’t sure what type of filter your system needs, we would be happy to help you find the right one for your system.
If you’re looking to make sure your business has the best airflow possible, All Service Heating & Air can help. We’re dedicated to helping you ensure your unit works properly so that you can be comfortable in your home. Whether your HVAC system needs a tune-up or you’re in the market for an upgrade to your ventilation system, call All Service Heating & Air.
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