2020 was on the record as one of the hottest summers of all time, and studies show, that summer 2021 might be right behind it! Living in Florida means you have to be prepared to beat the heat, which means keeping your AC unit well maintained.
Good maintenance includes looking after your AC vent, so we will take a look at the importance of this key part of your AC unit so you are not left in the heat this summer! Let’s get started!
What Is the AC Vent
The AC vent is attached to the AC ducts. The AC vent is an opening that releases the cold air from the AC. AC vents are placed in various rooms inside the home, and their output can usually be adjusted by a small lever on the side. For larger rooms, such as living and dining areas, the vents are generally larger and do not have any adjustable settings.
AC Vents and Pollutants
As we said, the vents are connected to the ducts in your home. The ducts can become polluted with dust, dirt, and debris that get pushed out through the AC vents and affect your indoor air quality. That is why most vents will have a filter attached to them. The filter eliminates large quantities of these particles from entering the home; however, the filter must be changed regularly.
With that being said, other more serious issues could be lurking in your ducts, such as mold. According to a Havard study, around 70% of homes have mold hiding in their walls. Mold in AC vents can cause illnesses, so they should be regularly serviced by an HVAC professional.
If you have a clogged AC vent, it could be preventing proper airflow from your AC unit. Checking the air filter that is attached to the AC vent should be your first step. Clogged filters block the cool air from being able to pass through the AC vent.
If the filter is cleaned and cool air is still not flowing, the issue might be deeper within the AC duct or the AC unit itself. It is best to contact a specialist for more serious issues like these before the problem gets worse.
AC Vent Maintenance
Keep your AC vents clear from any dust and debris by changing the AC filter regularly and wiping the vents’ exterior when there is visible build-up. Avoid any furniture directly touching the vents as it could inhibit proper airflow. If you notice issues like poor airflow, blowing warm air, or strange smells coming from your AC vent, you should consider a service call to an HVAC professional.
Hiring a Professional
Routine AC vent maintenance will extend the lifespan of your AC unit and keep you free of costly repairs in the future. With that being said, we at Cliffs Air Conditioning and Heating are here to help you by answering your questions any time, day or night! Our staff is available 24/7 to answer your calls and get your HVAC issue solved quickly and correctly!
If you would like to learn more or schedule your next service, then contact us today!