Aiming and Redirecting Vents to Get the Most From Your System

Aiming and Redirecting Vents to Get the Most From Your SystemWhen you want to increase home comfort and improve energy efficiency, make sure you check your heating and cooling vents. The position of these vents and direction of airflow makes a bigger difference than some people think. Here are ways to improve them and redirect airflow to your advantage.

Getting Around the Furniture

Some homes offer a limited choice for placement of large furniture sections, like sofas, recliners and bookcases. Architectural features such as doorways, arches and windows greatly influence how you arrange furnishings, and this means it is difficult to keep floor vents and lower wall vents unobstructed.

Unfortunately, obstructed vents waste a lot of energy because much of the heating and cooling is lost. When you cannot rearrange the furniture, your other option is to install vent deflectors and extenders. Deflectors let you redirect the flow of air.

Extenders ferry the airflow a few feet away from the vent. These are helpful in cases where something large is in front of the vent and you need to direct the air further away than normal deflectors allow.

Making Do With Inefficient Vent Placement

Older, and even some newer, homes aren’t always built with a very energy-efficient. HVAC vents are sometimes installed next to windows and doors, for example. This poses a problem because these features are a common source of drafts and most windowpanes allow significant heat transfer. In winter, some of the heat coming through the nearby vents will escape outside through air leaks around the frame and through interaction with the chilled window glass. The opposite happens in summer, and, in both seasons, the result is energy loss.

Aside from weatherproofing or replacing old windows and doors with energy-efficient ones, the best thing you can do in this situation is redirect the airflow. The goal in redirecting vents is to aim the air away from the windows and doors so less energy is lost. The same point holds true for other types of poor placement. Use vent deflectors or extenders to redirect airflow.

For more information about redirecting vents, please contact us at C.R. Wolfe Heating & Air Conditioning.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Middletown, New York about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about redirecting vents and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Guide or call us at 845-367-4482.

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