Why is Airflow So Important?

awcHome is where the heart is, but is your home actually the best place for your heart? For your heart to be healthy, you need to be able to breathe easily. While your home may be your respite, if you don’t have an HVAC system that is in good shape, then you could be facing issues with your airflow—and this may actually mean bad news for the quality of air in your home, as well as your ability to breathe easily throughout your household.

When airflow is stifled in your home it can result in an increased risk for illness for all members of your family. That is because stifled airflow leads to a stuffy household. When the air isn’t moving around, you are left to breathe in and out the same air over and over again, along with any germs, particles, or other toxins.
Your HVAC system is essentially the lungs of your household. If you cut off the lungs’ ability to process the air properly, you are cutting off the air quality in your home. For your actual lungs to stay healthy, you need fresh air that is clean, regularly circulated and cleared of any harmful particles that may leave you ill or make it difficult for you to breathe. So ultimately, top quality airflow throughout your home isn’t a luxury—it is a medical must.

How to Improve In Home Airflow

To improve the quality of air in your household there are several steps that you can take:
• Contact a service professional to update your HVAC system so that it is running at peak efficiency
• Replace your air filter regularly, once every 30 to 90 days depending on your system’s need
• Opt for a high quality air filter that is capable of capturing micro particles that could be troublesome to your allergies and general ability to breathe.
• Have the ducts cleaned in your house, as the build-up of mold, mildew and dust could cause your AC to spread these harmful toxins throughout your household.
• Make sure your ducts are properly sealed and are not at risk of leaking.

A final consideration is to ensure that your home is organized in a way that maximizes airflow, separate from the functionality of your HVAC unit. For example, all doors should have at least one inch of cleared space between the floor and the bottom of the door, as this promotes airflow between rooms. In addition, you can use a programmable thermostat to ensure that the air is moving throughout your home during the busiest traffic times. This will help you keep the air flowing without having to run your AC when you aren’t home.

For more information about maximizing airflow in your home, contact a factory trained member of our expert service team at All Weather Contractors.