Here’s why you should always keep your air vents open:
HVAC systems don’t know that the vents are closed. The blower keeps moving the same amount of air; it must now work harder to push it through fewer vents. Think of blowing through a small stirrer straw vs a big straw. Which one takes more effort?
The additional pressure in the system increases electricity usage and increases the risk that components will fail prematurely. This results in higher energy bills and additional maintenance costs.
The system is still heating or cooling the entire home. The heat in the warm rooms will travel through the walls to the colder rooms until they equalize.
Ways to Save Money on Heating and Cooling
Turn your thermostat up a few degrees in the summer and down a few degrees in the winter. By dropping the thermostat, a couple of degrees, and throwing on a sweatshirt, you can reduce the amount of money to keep you comfortable.
Get an annual maintenance done on your equipment. Keeping your system tuned and cleaned properly can help reduce energy usage and extend the life of the equipment.
Install a programable thermostat. A thermostat that changes the temperature when you are sleeping can help save you money, but still, make the house nice and warm for when you roll out of bed.
Get a home energy assessment. A home energy assessment is a thorough inspection of your home by a trained professional to evaluate insulation, air leaks, appliances, and HVAC systems. After the inspection, they will air-seal your home to reduce or eliminate drafts and improve the efficiency of your home. They will also make recommendations for insulation upgrades with rebates that make the return on investment a no-brainer.
If you only want to heat or cool a small part of your house, consider a ductless split heat pump. These systems are designed to heat and cool any room without a whole house system’s added wear and tear.
Aeroseal your ductwork. Our Aeroseal machine can virtually eliminate air leakage from your ductwork, so you don’t lose conditioned air to the outside and you’re not pulling in stale dirty air from the attic.
Contact us today if you want a new thermostat, system maintenance, home energy assessment, or ductless split to start saving money today.