Your ventilation plays a critical role in circulating air throughout your home and ensuring that your heating and air conditioning work properly. Therefore, even a small problem with your ventilation can have far-reaching ramifications on your comfort and the air quality of your home. Fortunately, most problems with your ventilation can be fixed (or at least diagnosed) if you know exactly what you are looking for. To help you out with that, here are some common ventilation problems and the associated solutions:

Excessive Dust

First of all, you might have too much dust in your ventilation system. While the dust could potentially be anywhere, it often gathers near the entrances and exits of the system, meaning that you will usually be able to easily reach the dust in question.

The first place that you want to check is your furnace (if you have been having problems while the heater is running) or your air conditioner (if you have been having problems while the AC is running). There will be a filter that you can easily remove and clean, although you might need to dig a little deeper to reach your AC's filter. Make sure to note if you have a permanent or disposable filter since you don't want to end up throwing away a permanent filter on accident.

If you didn't find a ton of dust in either of those locations, then you will want to take a look at the vent covers in each room. Be careful not to have the fan running when you open up those vent covers because that could end up blowing a ton of dust into the room. Cleaning the dust off of your vent covers can also improve the air quality in your home since you won't be dealing with dust particles blowing around every time you turn on the heater or AC. If you don't want to clean out the dust yourself, you could look into duct cleaning by Homeplus Duct Cleaning or another similar company.


On the other hand, you might be dealing with a blockage in your ventilation, which can be a lot harder to locate and fix. If the blockage is deep in the air ducts, then you probably won't be able to actually reach it even in the best case scenario.

Instead, it's a good idea to call a professional to clean out your ventilation. They use specialized hoses to reach deep into your vents, which means that they can do the job much faster than you, and perhaps more importantly, they can do it without causing a ton of collateral damage.