Can’t I Just Close Off the Vents to My Unused Rooms?
Sometimes when growing up, our parents would shut the vents off to specific rooms to save on the bill. It made sense right? If the system didn’t need to keep working to cool that room, it would save you money.
There is nothing wrong with saving a little money, however, closing off vents can actually cause more stress on an HVAC unit. Even though the air did’t go to that room, it isn’t re-directed. It ends up causing some back pressure and could cost you more money in maintenance later than the money you are saving by not cooling those unused rooms.
“I’ll just call a handy-man I know to help me fix it.”
In order to save money, you may be tempted to call on the help of someone who isn’t certified in AC and HVAC repair and maintenance. This can be a huge mistake. We have seen MANY CASES where this happened and the friend ended up doing more damage than good. Don’t put your AC in the hands of a non-certified tech. Trust us, having a trained professional makes all the difference in keeping your home cool and saving as much money as possible while doing it.
There are some things you can do around your house to save money on cooling your home. Just by doing a few simple things, you’ll extend the life of your Air Conditioner and the system as a whole.
1. Clean the area around your outdoor Condenser
By keeping the area around your condenser free of debris, leaves, and dirt, you’ll help it to “breath” better and prevent malfunction. For an in-depth clean, we recommend you call a service professional.
2. Keep curtains and blinds closed
When the sun is peering through your window, it can heat up objects in the room and cause more heat absorption. By closing off the blinds, you’ll help keep some of that heat out.
3. Get a smart thermostat
With a programable thermostat, you’ll be able to “tell” your HAVC system to adjust in temperature along with the times you’ll be out of the house. Also, by raising the temperature a few degrees in the summer, the AC unit won’t have to work quite as hard to maintain a comfortable temperature.
4. Avoid using the dryer and oven during the warmest parts of the day
When you use your dryer, you are putting warmed air back into your home. This causes the AC unit to work harder to change that temperature back. Additionally, if you can help it, don’t use the oven during the day when the Air Conditioner is working its hardest. Again, it just re-introduces heat back into your home and your AC unit must remain on longer to compensate.
5. Keep vents clean and unhidered
By keeping your vents and the areas around your vents clear of any obstructions, you’ll allow the flow of air to move unrestricted which allows your AC unit to operate most efficiently.
6. Keep hot appliances away from the thermostat
When a lamp or other appliance that gives off heat is close to your thermostat, it can cause an incorrect reading of the temperature. The system thinks it needs to keep running, even though the rest of your home is cooled to the correct level.
Resource: Ac Repair Charlotte