It seems like a good idea to close the vents off to the rooms in your home that may not be used as often as others. But, that could lead to some very unexpected and costly damage to your HVAC system. Affordable Service Plumbing, Heating, Air Conditioning, and Electric repair HVAC units due to closed vents and we often have to explain why closing vents in unused rooms doesn’t save you money in the long run. Our knowledgeable technicians have some reasons you may want to consider before closing off those vents.

Damaged System

This is the last thing you expect to happen when you close off too many vents. Unfortunately, there isn’t the correct amount of airflow and this can cause the coils to freeze and cause damage to the unit’s compressor. This typically results in repairing or replacing it before the unit can run efficiently once again.

Leaky Ducts

Closing off air vents can cause ducts to leak. This means that all that cool or warm air you are expecting to exit into the rooms is actually being diverted through cracks to areas such as the attic or outside.

Carbon Monoxide

Carbon Monoxide is no joke, and the importance of opening your air vents should be this one. When you close off too many air vents, it puts pressure on the heat exchanger, and too much pressure can create a crack that can leak unwelcome and large amounts of carbon monoxide into your home. If you don’t already have one, purchasing a carbon monoxide detector for different places throughout your home is a wise should, just for peace of mind!

Poor Efficiency

When you chose that unit, you likely chose it because of its high efficiency and money-saving potential. Closing off air vents makes your unit work harder, making sure it’s distributing the correct amount of air where it needs to. Making your unit work harder is costing you money.

Affordable Service Plumbing, Heating, Air Conditioning, and Electric hope that this has been informative and that you are ready to open those air vents! With summer just around the corner, you don’t want to risk your unit failing you on the hottest days! If you are ready to upgrade your system to a more efficient unit, the time to buy and install is now! Contact us today to schedule a free in-home estimate.