Understanding Airflow in Your Home

October 1, 2019

Proper airflow within a home is crucial to ensure an even temperature throughout the house and to maintain optimum air quality. You can have too much of a good thing, though, which can actually increase your energy expenses when your system runs more often than necessary.

Mechanical vs. Natural Ventilation

When the team at Mario's AC in Hudson assesses your ventilation, we are concerned with two aspects: mechanical and natural. Natural ventilation encompasses the air that enters your home through seams, gaps, cracks and so forth. Some natural ventilation is expected, but too much can cause your system to be inefficient and thus more expensive. Mechanical ventilation encompasses the fresh air drawn in by the system as well as the conditioned air distributed to rooms through air ducts.

Balanced Ventilation

Traditional ventilation systems are based on pressure. Used air is exhausted, and fresh air takes its place. Balanced ventilation is a more modern approach to ensure that used air is exhausted at an ideal rate.

Fixed vs. Variable-Speed Air Handling

The traditional air handler operates at a single speed. These are still prevalent today and require that the whole-home system be calibrated based on the pressure created. If that balance gets out of whack, efficiency suffers and costs rise. Variable-speed air handlers, which are becoming more common, can adjust their speed on the fly, which allows them to be reactive and better ensures efficiency.

Central vs. Zoned Conditioning

A central setup with a fixed-speed air handler is the classic setup. Air is conditioned and distributed throughout the home in a uniform manner until the desired temperature is reached. The advent of variable-speed blowers allows for a zoned concept that lets homeowners maintain areas of their homes at different temperatures.

Your Ventilation Experts

Let Mario's AC be your ventilation and airflow expert in Hudson and throughout the surrounding region. We also provide a wide range of heating and cooling services, including installations, maintenance, and repairs. Call today to learn more about these services and to schedule an appointment.

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