Trying to monitor the temperatures and energy costs in your residence can be tricky. There’s one tactic many homeowners use to try to come to a solution—closing the vents. Whether you are trying to force cooler air to different spaces or looking for ways to reduce your monthly energy bills, closing vents might seem like a good solution.
But you might want to reevaluate.
According to ENERGY STAR, while you could feel some difference in your home, closing the vents could potentially be harmful. It can make your system work harder than it should, or the air will find another way out, like through leaky air ducts.
Closing vents also doesn’t improve energy efficiency. Your system is still going to work hard to push that same amount of air out, so it could actually raise your energy costs. Keep in mind that every space and situation is different. If you have questions, you can contact a qualified contractor to take a look.
However, you’re in luck! There are other solutions to help you manage temps in your home. Here are a couple solutions that we recommend:
- Zoning Systems – This is a great choice if you have multiple stories or a bigger home. The zoning systems lets you identify sections or areas of the home and set differing temperatures to help maintain home comfort. This also helps with monthly costs, because you won’t be heating or cooling areas of the home that aren’t being used.
- Mini-Split Systems – If you’ve added an extra room or space that doesn’t allow you to extend your ductwork, mini-split systems can bring the additional heating or cooling you need. Even better, installation is fairly easy. The only items required are an interior unit on an exterior wall and an outdoor condenser unit.
If you are having trouble keeping your whole house at a comfortable temperature in Chelan and Wenatchee, give Lakeside Heating & Air a ring. Our team can help examine the situation. You can also arrange an appointment with us online. We’ll walk you through your options and discuss the best route to meet your home comfort needs!