The way air flows in your Eastern North Carolina home affects how comfortable you feel and how healthy the air is. Air movement can affect your home’s indoor air quality (IAQ) and interior comfort in certain ways. Knowing how air movement can impact your comfort level and IAQ is an important part of maintaining a healthy and pleasant indoor environment throughout the year.

Seasonal Airflow

The airflow in your home changes depending on how hot or cold it is outside. In the winter, heated air in your home moves up toward your roof, while cooler air comes into your home through your basement or first floor. During the summer, hot air from outdoors enters your home through your roof and upper level. Colder air moves out of your home through the bottom or lower level.

Air Movement and HVAC Efficiency

Air moving through your home can come from uncontrolled or controlled sources. Uncontrolled airflow comes from air leaks in your home, as well as from wind and natural air movements, depending on outdoor temperatures. Controlled airflow comes from your HVAC system and your home’s ventilation. Reducing the risk of air leaks and ensuring that your heating and cooling equipment is properly placed and well maintained can help improve your HVAC system’s energy efficiency.

Airflow Problems

What can happen when you have airflow problems in your home? You can end up having an HVAC system with reduced efficiency, leading to an increase in your heating and cooling expenses. Lower airflow efficiency can also lead to more wear and tear on your home’s HVAC system. Other problems that can occur with airflow problems include mold growth and excess moisture, which can result in water damage. Higher levels of pollutants can also occur when your home has problems with air movement, resulting in poor IAQ. Airflow problems can lead to unpleasantly warm or cool interior temperatures as well.

If you’re interested in making your home more comfortable and improving the IAQ in your Eastern North Carolina home, contact Jackson & Sons today.