AC question

One of the rooms in my house has trouble getting cool in the summer and warm in the winter.
Someone told me recently to check the return air and make sure it is working OK.
I did some checking. It turns out that even though a return air vent is present in the room, it goes nowhere in the attic. I'm pretty sure that a board (2x4?) covers the opening in the attic. Some years ago, I remember drilling a hole in the board to feed a computer cable through the room return air vent which is located near the bottom of the room wall.
The house is about 2200 sq ft, located in northern Texas. It has central air conditioning. The air duct feeding air functions well.
Would the absence of a return air affect the temperature of the room?
Thanks for any replies.
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stevie wrote:

Yes, having a return improves the air flow. It's basicly blowing and sucking from the area as opposed to just blowing.
It's a good idea to check out all the ducting in any house you buy to make sure it's all going someplace. It's not unusual to find something like this, or worse.
Since the return duct goes somewhere, is it possible to connect it into the return system? If so and it can be done easily, I would do it, as it can only help.

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Assuming the door is open I doubt it would make much difference in the summer. Sucking air from the room would draw air mostly from the hallway and not the incoming duct. Main problem is incoming duct is too small or blocked.

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Jeff wrote:

If having returns isn't important for cooling, why bother having them upstairs at all?
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To help mix the warmer air in the winter between upper and lower stories.

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you might be absolutely correct. the hallway door is always open, and the duct feeding the air is somewhat smaller than most in the house.

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