Is your air conditioner or heater operating at peak efficiency? Have you noticed that the rooms in your house have very different temperatures? It may be due to air return problems.
The air return is often a single grille in the ceiling or wall of a room in the house. Its function is to channel air back into the furnace. If there’s insufficient air entering the furnace, it causes a ripple effect through your entire system, leading to:
- Rooms become pressurized, forcing warm, moist air through cracks in the walls and ceiling.
- Uneven temperatures from room to room are a direct result of the pressure difference.
- Because the air must equalize somehow, air is pulled from the attic and walls through cracks, reducing the efficiency of your furnace.
There are several ways to address air return problems:
- Install an air return grille in each room of the house that has a furnace grille. This is the most effective solution.
- The second fix involves cutting a grille from every room into the adjoining hall.
- Homeowners can choose to install a crossover duct. This duct is placed in the ceiling of each room and connects to the primary ceiling grille. This is the most common solution.
For more information on how to deal with air return problems in your home, contact the pros at Pacific Aire. Our team of HVAC professionals is proud to serve homeowners throughout Santa Barbara and Ventura.
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