What is airflow and why is it important?

Posted on Apr 25, 2017

It can be easy to overlook the terminology of our business when talking to a customer, but the truth is, not everyone understands the lingo of the HVAC industry. So while phrases like “airflow” might seem simple and straightforward to us, it’s not something our customers know about.

So what is airflow? It’s the way air moves through a system. It’s important for a lot of reasons:

1) Extend the life of the equipment

Have you ever heard the expression, “Work smarter, not harder?” When air flows properly, your equipment doesn’t have to work as hard, which ensures the equipment works longer. The equipment is designed to work inside a certain range, and if it is outside that range, such as too low, it can cause problems such as premature compressor failure, and excessive high or low temperatures.

2) Equipment efficiency

If the airflow is off, it is likely that everything else is also out of whack. The result is equipment that isn’t working properly, and thus falls short of the manufacturer rating.

3) Safety

Unbalanced airflow can cause unsafe conditions in a residence or commercial building when the blower is operating. Carbon monoxide poisoning and toxins from attached garages or workshops can leak into the building. Airborne pollutants can also circulate into the home. 


4) Comfort

If you have the system in the first place, you have it for a reason — heating or cooling. You want your system to work properly to ensure you’re comfortable. 


Improper airflow can be caused by a number of things. That’s why it’s important to service your equipment regularly. Is it time for your spring maintenance? Don’t hesitate and risk some of the issues we talked about. Contact your local HVAC cleaning specialist.