There are quite a few (literally) ins and outs to a central HVAC dusting system. Importantly, many people don't realize that some of the air registers mounted on their walls are actually returns. Air returns are basically where the air is sucked back into your duct system, where it is then circulated to the furnace or heat transfer device (depending on the set up of your system). The air returns are extremely important junctions in a typical central HVAC system. They are equally vital whether you are running your air conditioner or heater. Proper air return maintenance is very important if you want your system to be efficient, and the quality of your air to remain high.
Finding and Replacing the Air Filters
The first thing you need to know, when it comes to maintaining your air returns is that some of them, but not all of them will have air filters within them. Air filters mounted directly inside the register for extremely easy to replace. First of all, you need to remove the register from the wall so you can work on the filter. Most registers are just attached to the wall with a couple of screws, so this is very easy. Once you remove the register, you will immediately be able to see the filter. If the filter is dirty, just throw it away. Don't waste your time trying to clean or save an old, dirty filter. Most replacement filters are going to cost less than $30, so there's no reason to try and clean one. It's very important that your filter at this junction is as clean as possible.
The Importance of Clean Air Returns
If the air being sucked into your furnace is not filtered, it is going to slow down the operation of certain furnace components. Most importantly, a dirty furnace can have reduced efficiency because the blower and heat pump can be clogged with dust. This also means that dirty air will just be recirculated into your home. Having a clean air return filter is going to promote healthy, allergen-free air throughout your home.
As you can see, it is very easy to take care of your air return filters. You can easily do the work yourself, you just need to make sure that you don't put it off. If you neglect to do this work, you can ultimately suffer from increased utility bills, and reduce air quality in your home. The longer you wait, the more likely you are to have problems.
For more information, contact companies like Hartman Heating, Air and Fireplaces.Share
19 January 2018
As a DIY enthusiast, I started doing everything I could to make my household appliances more effective then ever before. I insulated my attic, worked on cleaning the vents around my kitchen appliances, and eventually turned my attention to my air conditioner and furnace. Unfortunately, the process of taking care of my HVAC system was more intense than I had originally anticipated. I realized that I needed to read about air conditioners and furnaces before I started tinkering around. I made this blog to showcase all kinds of different articles that talk about HVAC, so that you can become a more informed homeowner.