The Truth About Closing Vents in Unused Rooms

At Temperature Control, Inc., we often encounter homeowners who believe that closing vents in unused rooms will save energy and reduce their cooling costs. This is a common misconception that we’d like to address and debunk.

The Myth

Many people think that by closing vents in rooms they’re not using, they can redirect cool air to other areas of the house and save money on their energy bills. While this may seem logical, it actually doesn’t work that way.

The Reality

Closing vents in unused rooms can actually lead to several problems:

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

Why Closing Vents Doesn’t Work

Your HVAC system is designed to cool a specific square footage. When you close vents, you’re not changing the amount of air your system produces. Instead, you’re creating pressure imbalances that can force air into unconditioned spaces like attics or crawl spaces, leading to energy waste.

What You Should Do Instead

Rather than closing vents, consider these energy-saving alternatives:

  1. Use a programmable thermostat
  2. Ensure proper insulation
  3. Schedule regular AC maintenance
  4. Use ceiling fans to complement your AC

Professional Help is Available

If you’re concerned about energy efficiency in your Tucson, Casas Adobes, Catalina Foothills, Amphi, Flowing Wells, or Oro Valley home, don’t hesitate to contact Temperature Control, Inc. Our experts can provide tailored advice and services to help you maximize your HVAC system’s efficiency without resorting to myths and misconceptions.

Remember, when it comes to air conditioning installation, repair, and service, trust the professionals to guide you towards true energy savings and comfort.