Fall is a very good time to check your heating system for problems here in Ramsey, NJ, when the weather is cool and you’re using your system regularly, but the need isn’t quite as dire as it will be in a few weeks. Most of us rely on forced-air furnaces for our heat, and one specific problem to watch for its a reduction in air flow from your vents. That usually needs to be addressed sooner rather than later, and spotting it now gives you some time to schedule repairs before winter closes in.
What Creates Low Air Flow
Low air flow is created in one of two ways:
- Something preventing the air from moving through the vents. This can include damage to the ducts themselves, a clogged filter or something in the heating system preventing the air from entering the ducts.
- Something halting the power pushing the air into the ducts. This usually means a problem with the fan motor or the fan blades, which a trained technician can address.
Why That’s a Problem
Low air flow is a problem because it slows the rate at which your heating system warms your home. That forces your furnace to burn more fuel to do its job, which results in higher monthly bills and increases the strain on your system’s other components (raising the risks of a breakdown). Furthermore, low air flow can also leave hot air stuck inside your furnace, which will also damage individual components. In some cases, the furnace can either reduce the heat or simply shut off before any components can overheat. This is beneficial in that it prevents additional damage, but it still requires you to fix the problem before normal heating can be restored.
If you spot low air flow in your system, shut it off immediately and call Design Air Inc. for repairs!