What Makes Rooms Feel Stuffy?Many things combine to make a room feel stale and stuffy. Overheating, overcrowding, stagnant air, cooking odors, cigarette smoke, dust, and chemicals all work together to make a room feel uncomfortable. But, did you know that a poor-performing system can impact the quality of indoor air? It's true. Research suggests that poorly-designed ductwork or inadequate duct returns can compromise ventilation and reduce heating and cooling efforts. The simplest way to immediately address staleness or stuffiness inside your home is to open a window or turn on an electric fan. Just don't forget to check on your HVAC system.
Your Home's HVAC SystemWithout getting too technical, your furnace, air conditioner and ductwork make up your HVAC system. Ducts are a series of tubes made from tin, sheet metal, fiberglass or plastic through which conditioned air from the furnace or air conditioner is distributed throughout a building. Proper sizing, installation and maintenance of any HVAC system are always a priority. If you want to be sure your HVAC system is performing correctly and doing its part to properly ventilate your home, then there are certain things you can do.
- Check that each room with two or more supply ducts have sufficient return air ducts installed.
- Make sure that every floor of the house has a central return register.
- See that both supply and return air ducts are sealed, insulated and free of blockages, debris and insect or vermin infestation.