Should Interior Doors Be Opened Or Closed While Cooling

When you work to keep your home a certain temperature, especially in towns like High Springs that reach crazy temperatures, you’re willing to try anything. A common debate that the specialists at North Central Florida Heating and Air Conditioning, Inc. see is whether or not leaving the door open, or closed, makes a difference on how your home cools. Most people believe that they need to have every crack closed, so that their unit can cool quicker and use less energy, but that isn’t the only thing to take into consideration.

The primary place that closing all of the doors becomes an issue is air pressure. When all interior doors are closed in a home, air pressure begins to build up. The best way to keep this from happening is by keeping the door open every now and again while the room isn’t being occupied or there isn’t any specific reason to have the door closed. When the door remains closed off for long periods of time the air that the AC unit is creating will end up forcing it’s way out of any little crack it can find. Conversely, the rest of the house will then notice that negative pressure is occurring and will make an effort to suck up air from outside sources like a chimney.

While having air from outside isn’t a bad thing, it just means that the quality of air in your home then goes down. Without being filtered, the air that is sucked in from outside contains pollutants and allergens that can make your breathing air nasty.

So what is the best solution to this problem? Leaving the doors open. When your doors are open the pressure can remain as it should, and temperature will still be reached, just not as quickly. If you have occupants that don’t like having their door opened all the time, just leaving it open every now and again will help ensure that the air pressure doesn’t build up to the point where air quality is being tainted.

For more questions that you have regarding the process of heating and cooling your home, contact the professionals at North Central Florida Heating and Air Conditioning, Inc. We are more than happy to point you in the right direction with HVAC units.

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