Should My Unused Vents Be Closed?

Should My Unused HVAC Vents Be Closed?

North Alabama can get hot. This means the air conditioner is working extra hard to cool down our homes, maintaining a comfortable temperature. It also means many of us are looking for ways to give our AC a break or lower the cost of our air conditioning bill. Garrison & Garrison Heating and Air understands that everyone in the Huntsville area is looking for tips and tricks to save money on cooling their home. We are always looking for ways to help you have an efficient home, too! Closing the air vents in lesser-used rooms seems like it would make sense. This should just lessen the amount of cooled air your unit has to circulate into your home, right? Well, not exactly.

Strategy When Installing Your HVAC

Professional HVAC installers strategically place AC systems, ductwork, and vents so that they’re balanced throughout your home. As a consequence, when you shut vents in your home, you’re throwing off the balance they created. This means the air conditioning in your entire house can be altered because of a single closed or blocked vent.

The Truth Behind Closing Vents

Closed vents can cause pressure to build within your air ducts. This pressure eventually causes small leaks, leaking air into the wrong parts of your home (like your attic!). This pressure buildup forces the unit to work even harder to distribute the same amount of cooled air throughout your home, an effect that can have long-term consequences on your HVAC system. Some of these costs include higher energy bills or permanent system damage.

What’s the take-away?

Leave all of your vents open! Ultimately, your AC system will work more efficiently (and save you more money) if all your vents are open and airflow is unobstructed. If you still think your energy bills are too high, contact us at Garrison & Garrison Heating and Air! We’re happy to perform an extensive evaluation of your entire HVAC system to work toward improving its efficiency. Contact us by calling 256-859-8500 or visiting our website at www.garrisonandgarrison.com today!

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