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Aiming and Redirecting Vents for Greater Comfort

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It might not be your HVAC system’s fault if you feel too chilled in winter and too warm in summer. Sometimes the simplest answer to a problem is the correct one. Here is how redirecting vents could be your answer for improving comfort and saving money.

Redirecting Vents Improves Efficiency

Using air conditioning as an example, whenever a vent’s airflow is obstructed, you will reap fewer benefits in terms of comfort. For example, if it is blocked by a piece of furniture, some of the air’s coolness will diminish because it will be hitting against a warmer surface.

If the vent directs cool air in front of a warm appliance or a warm window, there will be even greater heat transference, and this again means less cool air gets to where you need it to be. This reduces efficiency.

You will feel warmer and be more likely to adjust the thermostat to get some relief. In addition, since heat transference makes the actual indoor temperature rise, your A/C will try to make up the difference. In other words, some of the energy your air conditioner expended to cool the air will be wasted due to poorly aimed vents.

What to Do

If furniture, appliances or other large items are in front of them, you can move the items or you can redirect the vent. Some vent covers have a switch or lever built in that you can use to redirect the airflow.

If your existing vent covers don’t provide a suitable way to aim airflow, such as an adjustable damper, you do have other options. One of the simplest is to purchase air deflectors. These are typically made of curved plastic and attach to the vent cover. With these, you can direct airflow upwards, downwards or to the sides. The latter is often helpful when you want to direct air around furniture or other large items.

You can also find vent deflectors with extenders. These are helpful when vents are located beneath beds or sofas, for example.

For more information about air vents or to schedule a service for your heating and cooling system, please contact the Trenton HVAC professionals at Elite Air.

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