High Velocity Return Air Grille Upgrade
You’ve probably heard a thousand times that it’s important to regularly replace your air intake filters. Maybe you already know that one reason it’s important to change them out is that when dust and dirt accumulates on the filter, it restricts airflow to your HVAC system. But did you know that a poorly designed return air grille can also restrict that airflow? Replacing a restrictive return air grille with a high velocity grille can improve the airflow to your HVAC system, leading to a more comfortable home and saving you money in the long run.
First off, increasing airflow can make your home a more pleasant place to be. When air can flow more freely through the return, it leads to increased circulation throughout your house. Better circulation means cleaner air because, instead of stagnating, more of the air in your home is being pulled through that nice new air filter you just replaced.
Better circulation also leads to faster cooling or heating, depending on the season. Air can be more quickly moved through the system and pushed out through the vents. No more sweating as you wait for that tiny trickle of chilled air to cool down your entire house!
In addition to increasing your comfort, upgrading to a high velocity return grille can help your HVAC system to run more efficiently and save you money. When air intake is restricted, the fan has to work harder to move air through the ducts. In extreme cases, this can actually cause the motor to burn out. And if enough air isn’t moving over the evaporator coil, condensation can accumulate and literally freeze your air conditioner.
Obviously, repairing those issues costs money, but even if a poorly designed grille doesn’t restrict airflow enough to cause major problems, it could still be increasing your utility bills by making your HVAC run less efficiently. When the blower fan works harder to move air through the ducts, that uses more electricity. And as we all know, electricity isn’t free!
Upgrading to a high velocity return grille will help to ensure that your HVAC isn’t working any harder than absolutely necessary, which can extend the life of the unit as well as saving you money on those monthly bills. And on top of that, it can make your home’s air cleaner and the temperature more comfortable. Upgrading your return grille in addition to regularly replacing your air intake filters can help your home to be as clean, comfortable, and energy-efficient as it can be.