What Makes Rooms Feel Stuffy?
Many things combine to make a room feel stale and stuffy. Overheating, overcrowding, stagnant air, cooking odors, cigarette smoke, dust, and chemicals all work together to make a room feel uncomfortable. But, did you know that a poor-performing HVAC (Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning) system can impact the quality of indoor air? It’s true. Research suggests that poorly-designed ductwork or duct returns that are too small or inadequate can compromise ventilation and reduce heating and cooling efforts.
The simplest way to immediately address staleness or stuffiness inside your home is to open a window or turn on an electric fan. Just don’t forget to check on your HVAC system.
Your Home’s HVAC System
Without getting too technical, your furnace, air conditioner and ductwork make up your HVAC system. Ducts are a series of tubes made from tin, sheet metal, fiberglass or plastic through which conditioned air from the furnace or air conditioner is distributed throughout a building. Proper sizing, installation and maintenance of any HVAC system are always a priority.
If you want to be sure your HVAC system is performing correctly and doing its part to properly ventilate your home, try this checklist.
- Check that each room with two or more supply ducts have sufficient return air ducts installed.
- Make sure that every floor of the house has a central return register.
- See that both supply and return air ducts are sealed, insulated and free of blockages, debris and insect or vermin infestation.
These tasks are most effectively when carried out by a service professional, so if the air quality of your home isn’t what it should be, call us at Approved Comfort today. These simple measures can improve airflow and keep your home at a temperature you desire.
Even though the time for air conditioner use has long since passed, if you’re thinking of replacing your heating system, it might be a good idea to consider doing the same for your cooling system. If they are both close in age, need constant repairs, or have just been acting a little out of the ordinary, it’s probably time they were updated. Replacing your systems will make them run more reliably and efficiently, while also making it more cost-efficient for you.
Paying for your new complete Nicor system replacement will also be cost-efficient with these rebate offers:
- Installing a high-efficiency furnace with an Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE) of 92% and a central air conditioner with a Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating (SEER) of 14.5, gets you a rebate of $700
- A high-efficiency furnace with an AFUE of 92% and a central air conditioner with a SEER of 16 receives $800 rebate
- A high-efficiency furnace with an AFUE of 95% and a central air conditioner with a SEER of 14.5 receives $800 rebate
- A high-efficiency furnace with an AFUE of 95% and a central air conditioner with a SEER of 16 receives $900 rebate
- A high-efficiency furnace with an AFUE of 97% and a central air conditioner with a SEER of 14.5 receives $900 rebate
- A high-efficiency furnace with an AFUE of 97% and a central air conditioner with a SEER of 16 receives $1,000 rebate