Will Closing My Vents Reduce My Energy Bills?

Maintaining and increasing energy efficiency is one of the most important parts of smart HVAC usage. While modern heating and cooling systems are designed to be more energy-efficient, there are still plenty of things you can do to save money on your monthly energy bill and increase your system’s performance. To that end, many homeowners wonder, “will closing my vents reduce my energy bill?”

The common thinking behind this practice is that closing vents cuts down on the air being distributed from room to room throughout your house, and therefore reduces the amount of work your system is doing. However, while closing vents may be an effective way to make certain rooms hotter or colder than others, it can actually have the opposite of the desired effect on your system. By shutting your vents, your system will have to work harder to force air out through duct leaks and other openings. And because your HVAC equipment will be working harder, your air conditioner or heater will become less efficient, potentially driving up your energy costs.

Fortunately, there are other ways to reduce your energy bills that don’t involve your vents. For instance, if you live in an older home or apartment without ductwork, you may want to install an energy-efficient ductless mini-split system. These units are extremely effective, and you will not lose air through duct and vent leaks while using them. You may also want to invest in a programmable or smart thermostat, which will allow you to customize your temperature preferences so you don’t waste energy when you are not home. Many modern thermostats can be controlled remotely through your phone, computer, or tablet, and some even learn your schedule to adjust automatically!

At 72 Degrees Air Conditioning & Heating, we’re all about helping customers increase energy efficiency while keeping their equipment in good condition. Call now for annual maintenance designed to help your system work better, last longer, and improve your indoor air quality. And remember, we offer affordable specials and financing to suit any budget!

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