Debunking the Myth: Closing Vents Saves Energy on Air Conditioning

The Common Misconception

Many homeowners believe that closing vents in unused rooms will save energy and reduce their air conditioning costs. Green Valley Cooling & Heating is here to debunk this myth and explain why this practice can actually be counterproductive.

Why Closing Vents Doesn’t Work

Contrary to popular belief, closing vents in certain rooms doesn’t redirect airflow to other areas of your home. Instead, it can cause several issues:

  • Increased pressure in the ductwork
  • Reduced efficiency of your HVAC system
  • Potential damage to the air handler
  • Uneven cooling throughout your home

The Science Behind It

Your AC system is designed to cool a specific square footage. When you close vents, the system still produces the same amount of cool air, but now it has to work harder to distribute it. This increased pressure can lead to air leaks in your ductwork and force your system to run longer, consuming more energy.

What You Should Do Instead

To maximize energy efficiency and comfort in your home, consider these alternatives:

1. Regular maintenance: Schedule annual tune-ups with Green Valley Cooling & Heating to ensure your system runs optimally.
2. Proper insulation: Invest in quality insulation to keep cool air inside your home.
3. Smart thermostats: Install a programmable thermostat to control temperature settings efficiently.

By understanding how your HVAC system works, you can make informed decisions that truly save energy and money. Trust Green Valley Cooling & Heating for all your AC service, installation, and emergency air conditioning needs in Green Valley, Sahuarita, Vail, Corona de Tucson, and Tubac, AZ.