You may have the idea that closing your home’s upstairs air vents can save you money. Perhaps there’s an unused guest bedroom, or you just want your bedroom to be warmer during the winter. However, doing so can actually cost you money rather than save it. Read on to find out how.
Your heating and cooling system has a blower that pulls in air from your home and pushes it through the return ducts back to your home. If you close upstairs air vents, you interrupt proper air flow through your home. This can cause your equipment to work harder than it should, which can lead to breakdowns and a shorter lifespan.
Increased Air Pressure
Your heater and air conditioner were selected to heat and cool the specific square footage of your home. They have no way of knowing you have closed the upstairs air vents. When you close air vents, you increase pressure in the heating and cooling system. This will cause conditioned air to leak out of the ducts, which wastes a lot of energy.
The team at Batey Brothers Heating & Cooling in Huntsville, AL installs a heater or air conditioner, we make sure to recommend the right size unit for your home. This prevents many problems and makes your home as comfortable as possible.
Other Ways to Save Money on Energy Bills
Rather than closing upstairs vents, look to other ways to save money on your energy bills. Seal gaps and cracks around doors and windows with caulk and weatherstripping. Have a professional inspect the insulation in your attic to make sure it’s sufficient.
You can also save money on your energy bills by having your air conditioner and heater tuned-up once a year. Have your air conditioner tuned-up in the spring and your heater in the fall.
Batey Brothers Heating & Cooling repairs, replaces, and tunes-up heaters and air conditioners. Our products include heat pumps, furnaces, air conditioners, packaged systems, geothermal systems, and thermostats. Call us today to schedule an appointment with one of our skilled technicians.