Trying to oversee the temperatures and energy costs in your residence can be challenging. There’s one approach many homeowners attempt 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 decrease your monthly energy bills, closing vents might seem like a good option.
But you might want to reevaluate.
According to ENERGY STAR, while you might feel some difference in your home, closing the vents could potentially be harmful. It can make your system work harder than it has to, 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 increase your energy costs. Keep in mind that every space and situation is different. If you have questions, you can contact a qualified professional to take a look.
However, you’re in luck! There are other solutions to meet your needs. Here are a couple options that we recommend:
- Zoning Systems – This is a great choice if you have multiple stories or greater square footage. The zoning systems lets you choose sections or areas of the home and set unique temperatures to help maintain home comfort. This also helps with energy costs, because you won’t be heating or cooling areas of the home that aren’t in use.
- 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 pretty easy. The only pieces of equipment required are an interior unit on an exterior wall and an outdoor condenser unit.
If you are having difficulties keeping your whole house at a comfortable temperature in Columbia, give Watts Electric & A/C Inc a call. Our team can help examine the situation. You can also schedule an appointment with us online. We’ll walk you through your choices and discuss the best route to meet your home comfort needs!