Maintaining optimal cooling performance from your air conditioning system means dealing with any problems through professional repair and maintenance. However, there are some things that even an untrained homeowner can do to ensure improved efficiency, one of which is the proper aiming and redirecting of the air vents. Here Air Products & Services, the premier air conditioning installation company in the area, shares how this simple method can make this possible.
Aiming the HVAC Vents
The conditioned air produced by your cooling system is distributed throughout your house via the vents that are in your walls, floors and ceilings. To get the most out of your air conditioner’s cooling performance–and prevent an inconsistent thermal environment that leads to increased energy bills–make sure to direct your air vents the right way. For example:
- If the air vents are located high up on the wall, make sure to adjust the ‘blades’ of the vent cover so that air is directed to the center of the room–not to the ceiling or the opposite wall.
- You can direct your residential AC vents more accurately if they have a deflector, which guides the conditioned air away from possible obstructions like curtains, furniture or walls. This is especially handy when the vents are located close to the floor.
- When your vents are under furniture, you can use an extender to channel the air out from under the obstruction and into the center of the room.
Redirecting the HVAC Vents
Sometimes, cooling energy is wasted because it’s still distributed in unused areas of your home. You’ll see this loss reflected in your monthly bills. The good news is that you can mitigate this issue by redirecting your air vents. You should consider closing the vents, or at least restricting airflow to these unused spaces, so that cool air flows to the rooms that you use more often. However, make sure to close only 10% of your vents. Otherwise, the increased air pressure in your ducts will lead to damage and air leakage. If you want a safer, more efficient way to control airflow throughout your home, you should consult a local HVAC technician like Air Products & Services about a zoning system.
From quality residential HVAC installation to professional commercial AC maintenance, Air Products & Services will definitely deliver. With our top-tier solutions, we’ll make sure your HVAC system operates at peak efficiency no matter the season. We proudly serve Tarzana, CA, and the rest of Southern California. Call us today at (818) 989-2030 or fill out this contact form to schedule your HVAC evaluation.