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Can Closing My Vents Help to Reduce My Energy Bills?

Many homeowners want to increase their energy efficiency and then maintain it at manageable levels. Some want to reduce their environmental footprint while others simply want to keep their energy costs down. Modern heating and cooling systems are more energy-efficient than earlier models. However, there are still things you can do to keep your energy bill low while ensuring your system is operating at peak levels. 

Some homeowners think closing the vents in the rooms they don’t use is the solution. The thinking is that since this stops air from going to every room, it reduces the amount of work the system has to do. However, doing this can actually make your system work harder. 

The system was designed to send air through a specific amount of space. When you close the vents, the air has to go through leaks in the ductwork or other openings. Since the system is working harder, the heater or air conditioner will become less efficient. Inefficiency can drive up your energy costs.

Closing the vents can also make you and the other occupants of your home uncomfortable. Since the air will be forced out through poorly connected ducts or leaks, you’ll get less conditioned air in certain rooms. Some rooms may be harder to heat or cool as needed. If you’re looking for ways to improve the functioning of your system, contact a local HVAC professional.

What to Do Instead of Closing Your Vents

It can be difficult to manage temperatures throughout a home. Closing the vents will allow you to feel a difference in heating and cooling but it won’t improve efficiency. Each home is different so what works for your neighbor may not work for you. That’s why you need to let a professional inspect your system and provide you with personalized recommendations.

One solution may be to install a zoning system. If your home is large or it has multiple stories, this may be the best option. Zoning systems allow you to identify sections of your home and set different temperatures in each one. Often, different members of the household have special temperature preferences. These systems allow you to meet those needs. Zoning also helps to reduce your energy costs. It provides you with a safe way to heat certain areas but not others.

Another option is to get a mini-split system. If you’ve built an addition to your home or there’s a space that your ductwork can’t reach, this can help. Mini-split systems are also great if you live in an older home that doesn’t have ductwork. They are relatively easy to install, and they can provide additional heating or cooling. An indoor unit is attached to your wall and it’s connected to the outside component through a hole in the wall.

Investing in a smart or programmable thermostat can also be helpful. These devices allow you to customize the temperature in your home. When there’s no one inside, you won’t waste energy heating or cooling the home. Some of these thermostats can adjust the temperature automatically based on your schedule. You also control smart thermostats from your phone, tablet, or computer. If you want to cool your home about 30 minutes before you arrive, you can do so. Smart thermostats can be highly effective when paired with a zoning system.

Contact C&L Services Today to Get the Perfect HVAC Setup for Your Home

We know how difficult it can be to achieve the perfect temperature throughout your home. We also know how hard it can be to keep your utility bills low each month. That’s why our experienced HVAC professionals in Anderson are here to help you. We’ll visit your home, assess the situation and make the appropriate recommendations. Closing your vents is easy to do but it’ll likely make things worse. We never advise our clients to do this. Instead, we work with each homeowner to come up with a solution that meets their needs and suits their budget.

If you’re ready to improve your home’s heating and cooling system, call C&L Services and arrange an inspection. Our experts will take the time to listen to you and arrange to inspect your system at a time that’s convenient for you. Once we know what we’re dealing with, we’ll discuss all your options with you. Our aim is to provide you with an efficient system that works well and lasts a long time. Call us today to learn all about how we can help you.

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