Of the many kinds of heating systems, forced air furnaces are among the simplest in East Windsor and monitoring the flow of heat is as simple as checking the registers and feeling the flow.
The Basics of Hot Air
At the furnace, usually in the basement or a central location, air is heated to a temperature set by the thermostat. Once large and dominant, over the years, technological improvements have enabled furnaces to be much smaller and fit into closets.
With a fan, the warm air is circulated through a system of ducts and distributed at registers or grates usually in the floor. A second grate takes the cooler air back to the furnace to be heated.
Going With the Flow
The rooms in your house should always be a consistent temperature, even with the normal cycling of your forced air system. The heat produced by your furnace is distributed through your house via the ducts and it gradually warms your rooms. After the heat has dissipated, your thermostat recognizes the change in temperature and calls for your East Windsor furnace to deliver more heat.
A problem occurs when there is poor air circulation, and it leads to your system efficiency is greatly reduced. Since your rooms are not heating up as consistently, your furnace runs more often to try to keep your home at the thermostat setting. You can also have some rooms warmer than others, or rooms that experience more extreme temperature fluctuation.
Monitoring the Flow
By turning the thermostat higher, the furnace will engage and begin to force air to the registers.
Most registers have adjustable slats that can be rotated to allow more or less flow. Checking to make sure all are fully open is the first step. There is usually a lever or gear in obvious view.
Make sure all registers are free to allow air movement and not blocked by furniture or carpets.
After testing with your hand to see if there is adequate air flow, using an infrared or dial thermometer will more accurately identify if there are differences from register to register which could indicate a blockage of some sort in the vent or a problem with the system at the furnace.
Furnaces should be maintained on a yearly basis by contracting with an East Windsor heating company who can regularly change the filters, inspect the internal elements and ensure proper and efficient functioning of this most important part of your home.