Does your home or office feel stuffy? Do you notice uneven heating and cooling, stale air or unpleasant smells in your living space? According to the American Lung Association, buildings need to breathe. Exchanging stale indoor air with fresh outdoor air improves air circulation, which enhances comfort and indoor air quality. Without proper air exchange, indoor air becomes saturated with dust, pollen, smoke, pathogens and other pollutants. Adequate ventilation and air circulation within a building improves comfort and dilutes concentrations of pollutants. Proper airflow also controls humidity, a factor in indoor comfort.
Importance of Adequate Ventilation and Air Circulation for Comfort and Health
In a ducted heating, ventilation and air conditioning system, air flowing through ducts is delivered to all the connected spaces. Your HVAC contractor pressurizes the system to balance the rate of exchange of fresh and stale air and ensure that each space receives the correct amount of conditioned air to maintain comfort.
When a system is not balanced, some rooms may be hotter than others or feel clammy or stuffy. Poor air circulation affects indoor air quality by allowing pollutants to build up in the living space. Poor ventilation compounds the problem. Your contractor may adjust components in the system, such as modifying fan speeds, cleaning or upgrading filters or adjusting dampers in the vents to improve airflow.
Ways to Improve Ventilation and Airflow
Maintaining your heating and cooling system boosts efficiency and comfort. Keeping air filters clean is an important element of air exchange and circulation. Filters trap particulates, keeping them out of ducts and your living space. Clogged filters inhibit the flow of air through ducts, which makes the system work harder to produce conditioned air and compromises comfort.
If poor air circulation is a problem in your Columbus, Georgia, home or office, call Climate Control Heating and Air Conditioning. Our licensed technicians work on all brands of HVAC equipment and have the training to solve ventilation and indoor air quality problems. We can balance your system to improve comfort, boost ventilation and enhance the quality of the indoor air. We may also recommend mechanical devices, such as dehumidifiers, whole-home ventilators or better quality air filters, that enhance ventilation, regulate humidity and improve air quality. Call today to schedule a free in-home estimate.