January 5, 2021

You might not realize it, but when it comes to your comfort during the winter, air’s ability to freely flow through the equipment of your heating system is as important as keeping your storage tank full and your furnace well maintained.

That’s because without proper airflow, your furnace’s heat exchanger can become overheated and crack, resulting in an interruption of your comfort. And not to mention the costly repairs down the line. Luckily there are things you can look out for to help you prevent any issues!

  • Dusty Filters: Over time, dust, dirt and debris can build up on the filters of your heating system. Cleaning your filters regularly, and replacing them when necessary, can prevent clogging, which inhibits airflow.

  • Closed Supply Vents: When the supply vents are closed it, affects the pressure of the system, which can also diminish airflow. Keeping these vents open will keep the air flowing! Another way to prevent issues with pressure is to keep furniture, drapes and dust from blocking the vents.

  • Clogged Return Vents: Similar to supply vents, return vents draw in air from the home back to the furnace. If the return vents are clogged with dirt and dust, the volume of air being brought to the heat exchanger won’t be enough to keep it running properly.

How do you know if you’re experiencing weak airflow? If your heating system is running and you aren’t feeling warmth in any rooms or it takes longer than usual for your home to warm up, check out your filter and vents to make sure there are no blockages.

If there’s no obvious cause for a lack of heat coverage or weak airflow, give North Shore Fuel a call! Our experts will be able to diagnose and fix any problems your heating system might have.