Question

My daughter has gone to college, so her room sits unused. Should we close it off and close the AC vents?

Asked by Earl Bollinger
Covington, LA

There are 3 bedrooms all on one side of the house, with a 2.5-ton unit serving this area.

Answer

If your HVAC (heating and cooling system) was properly designed, it was designed with all the registers open. The grill sizes are also taken into account for proper sizing and velocity, for comfort and efficiency.

Closing registers causes static pressure and decreases the system's performance. It does seem counterintuitive, but closing your vents will not save you money and will hurt your system. The system will run louder and the blower will have to work harder, which can reduce the durability and result in having to replace the system. That can be expensive.

If you have not had your ducts tested for leakage with a duct blaster by an energy auditor, then that it what I recommend to save money, increase comfort, and improve indoor air quality.

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