Why closing your vents will cost you more
According to energy star, almost half of your home’s energy bills come from your heating and cooling systems, so it is natural to want to look for ways to reduce those costs. One of the most common questions asked is “will closing the vents in my unused rooms lower my energy bill?” While this may seem like a logical solution, you may be surprised to find out that closing your vents will actually end up costing you more.
When your HVAC system was installed, everything was measured out and sized to have balanced air flow in and out of your system. When the vents are closed, it alters the balance of your entire system by creating a buildup of pressure.
This increased pressure is placed on the ductwork because instead of the air being released into your home, it is being blocked and forced back into the ducting. This can result in leaks in the ducting, causing you to cool your attic in addition to your home. Not only will you end up cooling places in your home you don’t want to, your system will have to work harder to push the air through the system. You will end up using more energy than before.
Here are some tips that will actually help you save money on your energy bill.
- Change your air filter regularly
Your air filter should be changed a minimum of every three months. Although, we recommend that you check it once a month. A dirty air filter will reduce airflow and make your system work harder and require more energy consumption.
- Get an annual tune-up on your entire system
Completing annual maintenance on your system will help improve overall efficiency for your HVAC system. Learn more about the benefits of an annual tune-up here.
- Install a programmable thermostat
When used correctly, programmable thermostats can help save you money by reducing energy usage when you are away.
- Consider upgrading your system
If you have an HVAC system that is more than 10 years old, you may want to consider upgrading to a more efficient system that will save you more money in the long run.