How to Winterize the AC Vents in Your Home

There are certain things in our home that we tend to take for granted. Take the vents in the various rooms of our house, for example. Can you just imagine what life would be like without them? In the summer, we wouldn’t be able to feel the cold air coming from our AC unit and during the winter months, it would be pretty challenging to stay warm if they were still open. And when it comes to preparing for the winter season, something important you’ll want to do in order to keep cozy inside of your house is to winterize your AC vents properly.

If you’re interested in knowing about some of the things that you need to do in order to get your vents ready for the cold weather, we’ve provided you with a five-point list that will have your vents good and ready below:

Vacuum them. When you were relying your air conditioning system to keep your home cool consistently throughout the summer, there’s a pretty good chance that a lot of dirt, dust, debris and dander got caught up inside the vents. If you leave that debris piled up in your vents, over time it can lead to respiratory infections, asthma and allergic reactions too for you or your family members. That’s why the first thing that you should do is vacuum out the vents annually; it only takes a few moments and it makes a huge difference.

Test them. The next thing that you should do is test all of your vents, just to make sure that they are working properly. All you need to do is move the lever that’s attached to them to insure that they are opening and closing properly. If you come across any that aren’t closing the way they should be, it’s best to replace the closing mechanism before winter hits.

Close them. One very simple task that you can do in order to help to remove some of the excess cool air from the various rooms of your house is to close your vents. If you’re wondering exactly when you should do that, our recommendation is to close them around the time that the temperature outside drops below your personal comfort level (and definitely make sure to do it once it drops below freezing). This helps direct the air flow in your home to the places that need it and keep it away from the rooms that don’t.

Cover them. If you’re out shopping at your local home improvement store choosing a water heater to prepare for the upcoming winter season, it might be beneficial to ask a customer sales associate if they sell any vent covers in their store. If they do, be sure to pick up enough to cover all of the vents inside of your home as there are two huge advantages to making this kind of purchase. For one thing, it provides additional insulation and another benefit is that it offers extra protection for whenever your vents are not in use.

Replace them. As you’re in the process of winterizing your vents, you may happen to notice that some of them are not working as well as they should. This would be the time when we recommend that you replace them. That way, once late spring rolls back around, you won’t have to worry about getting some when you need them the most. If you’ve never purchased a vent before, Vents USA and Global Industrial are two websites that carry a wide variety to meet your needs. Enjoy your winter!

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