I’ve been trying to do hyper-miling with my HVAC system during quarantine

Occasionally, I will hole up in my room, and then I close off the air vents to the rest of the apartment

For work, I used to have to drive 2 hours every day, 4 days each week. That’s when I got into something called hyper-miling, which is basically where you use every trick in the book to get the most mileage out of every gallon of gas you buy! If your car gets 20 miles to the gallon, then you try and get 23. In my case, I was able to almost double the mileage our car was supposed to be getting, although it really did take a lot of effort on our part sometimes. Now, since the lockdown started, I’m not driving hardly anywhere. And though I don’t miss it, I do miss hyper-miling, for some reason. Now, I’ve turned that focus over to our Heating, Ventilation and A/C system. It is very hot this time of year, deadly hot, and now that I’m at home all the livelong day, I have to run our A/C way more than I ever have before. So now, I’m trying to do a Heating, Ventilation, and A/C version of hyper-miling. I’ve been trying to get every last bit of cooling I can get for the least amount of cash! First of all, I close up all of the blinds. Then I put up some curtains over the top of the blinds and this traps the cooling inside. The heat transport through the windows is fairly sizable because they don’t have the insulation like the walls and ceilings do. The heat transport is the greatest enemy of the cooling system. Occasionally, I will hole up in my room, and then I close off the air vents to the rest of the apartment. That way, all of the cooling is channeled in here with me. That works really well for short bursts, but I have heard that doing it very much can be bad for your Heating, Ventilation and A/C system.

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