At Buehler Air Conditioning, we like to help to clear up some of our customers’ common misconceptions about their cooling systems. This way, their air conditioners can operate more efficiently and effectively and have a longer lifespan.
We care about your comfort, so in today’s guide we clear up a common AC myth: that closing or blocking off the air vents in certain rooms of the home can help to reduce AC usage and lower your costs. This isn’t the case, and it can actually end up costing you more!
The Problem with Closing Off Vents
When you close off the air vents in rooms of the home that you’re not using, the assumption is that the air conditioner doesn’t have to work so hard to keep you cool. With less of an area to cover, the AC cycles are shorter, which should save you energy, right? Not really.
Your air conditioner was designed to cool a certain amount of space—no more and no less. When the space it’s supposed to cool is reduced, the air conditioner short cycles, which is not a good thing.
A short-cycling air conditioner runs for shorter periods more frequently. And all of this starting and stopping really wears down the components. It also uses more energy, which is why your bills may actually be higher than if you simply left all of the vents open.
Safer Money-Saving Alternatives
Want to save money on your monthly AC bills and stay more comfortable? You might consider a zone control system, which involves putting dampers in the ducts to safely regulate the airflow moving into each room or zone of the home.
Also, be sure to set your thermostat to an efficient but comfortable temperature (we recommend about 78°) and raise the temperature by about 10° when you’re away. Making smarter energy choices via your thermostat can help you to save, as can changing the filter every month.
Call Buehler Air Conditioning for AC services throughout the Jacksonville, FL area. Make the good call today!
Kyle came out to do maintenance on the unit they installed 4 years ago and I can say the level of service from then to now has been stellar. The unit is in great shape and the peace of mind from their maintenance service is worth it. Nothing but good things to say about this company. 10/10 would recommend.
18:30 18 Feb 19
The best, end of story! We had to have our system replaced when we bought our old beach home. I was totally blown away with how quickly the job was done. The crew was extremely professional, and kept everything clean.
19:27 15 Feb 19
Jason and crew were great to work with. A hands on owner which cares about the work and system being installed. Extremely recommend. The three hundred dollar rebate from Beaches Energy for the high efficiency unit was also icing on the cake.
03:49 18 Jan 19
I had Kyle as my technician and the customer service was top notch. He was prompt and very polite. The thing I appreciated was the honesty. There wasn’t any attempt to try and provide me service that I didn’t need, and no pressure to try and upsell me on anything. Kyle was knowledgeable and answered all of my questions. I got on the maintenance plan and recommend this company to everyone.