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Will closing my vents help with my energy bills?

Trying to oversee the temperatures and energy costs in your house can be tricky. There’s one tactic many homeowners give a shot to try to come to a solution—closing the vents. Whether you are trying to move 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 reconsider.

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 needs 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 house 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 assist with managing the comfort levels in your house. Here are a couple products that we carry:

  • Zoning Systems – This is a great option if you have multiple stories or greater square footage. The zoning systems lets you identify sections or areas of the home and set different temperatures to help maintain home comfort. This also helps with utility bills, because you won’t be heating or cooling areas of the home that aren’t occupied.
  • 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 quite easy. The only components required are an interior unit on an exterior wall and an outdoor condenser unit.

If you are having challengings keeping your whole house at a comfortable temperature in Columbia, give Watts Electrical & Air Conditioning a ring. Our team can help assess 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!

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