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How To Adjust Air Ducts In-Between Seasons

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April is a special month where the temperature constantly alternates between cold, cool, and warm. While this transition happens, your HVAC system should act accordingly. Here’s how you can adjust your air ducts while the weather slowly starts to warm up.

  • A forced air system that uses both heating and cooling will need to be adjusted for the start of the summer months and for the start of the winter months. Once you obtain the desired setting for each season’s start you can mark them for future use.

Step 1: Place a thermometer in each room of your house so you can effectively measure what the temperature of each room is.

Step 2: Open all air ducts and registers throughout your house. Proceed to turn on your HVAC system and set the thermostat to 68 degrees Fahrenheit.

Step 3: After about 30 minutes, head to each room and check the temperature of the rooms. Any room that’s too warm, or too cool, adjust the air duct dampers accordingly until the room reaches the perfect temperature.

Step 4: Once each room has the desired temperature, mark the setting on the air duct damper. You can mark an “S” for summer and a “W” for winter. Do this once in the early spring and again in the fall so you can have these settings for years to come.

  • Once you have your air ducts adjusted for the in-between seasons, an HVAC maintenance should be completed. The air filters should be changed, the belt should be inspected, and the unit itself should be cleaned of any dust. An HVAC system should be cleaned and inspected a minimum of twice a year so it is ready to take on the cooling and heating seasons.

When it’s time for a preseason tune-up, or if you need help adjusting your air duct dampers, contact the pros at Tri-City Appliance, Heating & Cooling. To learn more, or to schedule a service, give us a call at (203) 303-5700.