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#EnergyWin Tip: How to Increase Air Flow Through Vents, Don't Block Vents!

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December 06, 2016

We’ve all been there – faced with a difficult decorating decision due to a room’s layout. Few things are more annoying than when your living room’s HVAC vents are exactly where that cool vintage loveseat you scored at an estate sale would fit perfectly.

Likewise, many of us have also been tempted to purposely close or block vents in unused rooms as a way to keep electricity bills down.

Barry from Moore Solar, Heating & Cooling explains how your HVAC system is designed to heat and cool your entire home, and why blocking vents can actually make your system work less efficiently.

Explore our blog for more tips. Learn how AC systems work and how to lower your AC bills! Learn more about energy-efficient heating and cooling and using HERO to finance your next upgrade. 

Video Transcript

Hello, I’m Barry. I got a tip for you today.

One common thing that homeowners tend to do is cover up supply vents like this particular one right here. This one’s free and open, but they tend to put furniture over it, or they actually close the vents, which adds a lot of static pressure to the system.

The heating and cooling system is designed to heat and cool the whole house, so if this thing was obstructed or closed, it adds a lot of stress to the system.

So make sure you keep your vents open and uncovered.