As we all know, Air Conditioning and heating vents both have a standard dial on the side that will pivot the vent cover from the open to closed position. A question we hear often at Bear Water Restoration and Carpet Cleaning is “When should I close and open my AC vents?”. Luckily for you, the answer is much more simple than you may think.

While many are under the impression that closing the AC vents in unused rooms will save you money, this is a misnomer. Your AC system has the same electric output when it is running regardless of how many vents are open or shut. When you shut the AC vents, it causes a pressure buildup where the air used to be able to escape, and is now blocked. This pressure buildup in the air vents can cause the air to find new routes of escape, causing leaks in your ventilation system.

Keeping your vents open allows a more complete air flow, and lets the ventilation system operate the way that it was designed to. Since shutting the vents on your AC system doesn’t save you any money, you are better off keeping them open just for the more complete air flow through your home. Another risk you run when shutting the vents on your AC system is that you are giving condensation a place to accumulate. Running your AC system naturally, without closing any vents, keeps your ventilation system as dry as possible. When you shut the vent, you run the risk of mold buildup in your ventilation system, which can be hazardous to your health.

So, the short answer on when to shut the vents on your AC system? Never! There are many other ways to save money, conserve heat or cold air, and overall improve the ventilation system of your house. If you are looking for ways to improve your home, call Bear Water Restoration and Carpet Cleaning today for a free estimate. We are local, fast, and professional with 24/7 emergency response services ready for you all year round. Call us today for a free estimate, and remember that when you need it done, BEAR does it best.