Your return vents are an important component of your HVAC system. They balance the air pressure of your Louisville, Kentucky, home by drawing in air and returning it to your heating and cooling system. While return vents don’t get much attention, your home’s HVAC system couldn’t function without them.

What Is a Return Air Vent?

The cool air your air conditioner sends out into your home will eventually become warm again and require reconditioning. The return air vent is the component of your HVAC system that takes in this warm air and returns it to your air conditioner. The air is cleaned by your air filter and conditioned before it reenters your home’s living areas.

Where Are Return Air Vents Located?

Homes either have a return air vent in each room or one central return air vent placed on each floor.

While both placements are common, a return vent in each room is typically more efficient than one central vent because it allows for easier airflow to and from your air conditioner. However, it’s not a problem if your home has only one or two main return vents. Just keep interior doors open for airflow.

Return Vent Maintenance

While the majority of HVAC components should be cleaned and serviced by a professional, it’s fine to clean your return vents yourself. Dirt and debris can build up on the return grille and restrict airflow. To avoid this, simply wipe it down every few months with a wet washcloth or vacuum the vents.

It’s important that air can flow freely into your return vents. Make sure they’re not blocked by furniture or other obstructions that could reduce airflow.

If you want to make sure your return vents are functioning properly or just want some ideas about how to make your home’s HVAC unit more efficient, get in touch with the professionals at Birkhead Co. Give us a call today at 502-495-3505.

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