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How Grill Design Impacts Air Conditioning Efficiency

Breathing, it’s something we do without thinking about it. Air moves in and out of our noses and mouths so freely that we seldom notice it. Now think about having a cold. Your nose may be blocked, and your chest congested. Breathing is not as easy, and you probably experience difficulty pulling air into your lungs and pushing it out your nose and mouth. Constricted air passages make you work harder to pull in and push out air.

Your air conditioning system works much the same way, pulling in air and pushing it out. The question is whether your AC system is “breathing” easily. Is your air conditioner moving air into the cooling system and pushing it out into your rooms as efficiently as it could?

A factor that impacts your systems ability to move the air around your home or office is the grills. These are the coverings over the vents, typically near or on your ceiling in your rooms.

What are the supply and return ducts?

For your air conditioning and heating system to cool and heat your Palm Springs area home, it needs a way to deliver the air. What we know as vents are known as supply register grills.

It uses ducts to deliver cooled or heated air to what are called supply registers located throughout your home. The grid-like part that you see, usually located towards the top of a wall near the ceiling is called the “supply register” or “supply grill.”

There is also a duct that pulls air back through your air conditioner. The air pulled in is cooled and pushed out again. The grid-like part that covers this is called the “return register” or “return grill.” This action circulates cool air through your home or office. This process continues until your home reaches the temperature set on the thermostat.


Design Matters

The design of the grills that supply air into your rooms matters. A grill can either help or hurt the distribution of air.

Poorly designed return grills have a negative impact. Poor airflow not only makes your system run longer than necessary to provide comfort but increases your electricity bill as well. Also, when your air conditioner is working harder it can impact the lifespan of your system.

Unfortunately, many times grill design is not considered when the air conditioning and heating system is designed and installed. This may be especially true of older homes in the Palm Springs area.

There are many options available such as between curved blades that allow you to control the direction of air to better reach different parts of each room.

Let’s not forget the return grill! Most homes have stamped metal grills that often get in the way of your system’s ability to “breathe,” and pull air back in.

Desert Tech Can Help Your Air Conditioning & Heating System Breathe

Your lungs can only inhale what they exhale, and your cooling and heating system is no different.

If you think your air conditioner isn’t cooling your home properly, call us. It may be due to decreased airflow. Desert Tech will not only check your system but your ductwork and grills as well. We will diagnose the problem and fix it. If you live in Palm Springs, Cathedral City, Rancho Mirage, Palm Desert, Indian Wells, La Quinta or Bermuda Dunes, Desert Tech is your air conditioning and grill experts.

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Desert Tech Response to COVID-19, the Coronavirus

In response to significant concerns among our customers about the Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the Coachella Valley, we want to let our customers know about the precautions Desert Tech is taking and the services we are offering during these times:

  1. Desert Tech is offering add-on air sanitation and anti-viral cleaning and filtering equipment/products for your air conditioning and heating systems. This equipment uses filters and UV light to filter out and kill viruses, bacteria, spores, mold, and other airborne pathogens and on surfaces. We have secured a variety of this type of add-on purifiers. Please be aware that, as with many items at this time, quantities are limited and are distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis.
  2. The health of our customers and our employees is our top priority and so we have taken the following steps:
    • If our employees are not feeling well, we are requiring them to stay home and seek medical attention consistent with CDC and World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines.
    • In 90% of service calls, our technicians need not enter your home. You need only allow them access to your garage, yard space, or rooftop to carry out their tasks.
    • Our technicians are following strict sanitization procedures and will wear N95 rated face masks, face shields, and gloves.
  3. As part of servicing your equipment, Desert Tech has secured a limited supply of N95 face masks that we will made available to existing Desert Tech customers at a nominal fee. These are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

If you have any questions about our safety and sanitation policies, would like to add whole-home air filtering and sanitation product to your existing air conditioning and heating system, or would like to find out about acquiring an N95 face mask, please call us at (760) 327-2501.