Does Closing Upstairs Air Vents Save Money?
Heating and cooling systems rely on a fan that sends air through the ducts and out the vents located in rooms. The process comes with costs, as monthly utility bills reveal. Homeowners might worry about costs and waste, and they may also worry about air released in upstairs rooms no one occupies. Many think closing the vents would save money, but the opposite might occur.
Vents and Ducts
Air has to travel through the ducts to the vents upstairs. Therefore, closing the vents does not reduce the energy required to produce that air. A closed vent may act like a brick wall and stop the airflow, but the pressure would force the air backward through the ducts. Even if the vents were in perfect condition, the process wouldn’t save much money. More than likely, closing the vents would create costly problems.
Damage in the Ducts
The leaks and holes inside the ducts could waste energy. If there is a loose connection or severe perforations, closing the vents would force air out of the holes, wasting money. Don’t assume the damage to the ducts has to be significant for the problem to occur. Even small holes will become a path for waste.
Added Stress on the HVAC System
When compensating for escaped air, the HVAC system may work harder. That means it relies on more energy expenditure. Expect utility bills to increase when that happens. The harder the system works, the more costly its operation becomes. Also, extra work means extra stress on the system, which could wear down parts.
Lincoln and nearby residents can call Wellmann Heating & Air, Inc to ask about HVAC maintenance. Our team performs installation and repair work, too.
Other Ways to Save Money
There are other ways someone could potentially save money on their heating and cooling bills. Sealing up any drafts, tuning up the system, or changing a filter might deliver preferable results.
Since 1984, Wellmann Heating & Air, Inc provided Lincoln residents with heating and cooling services. We handle indoor air quality requests, too. Please call our office at your convenience to discuss how our experienced team can assist!Tags: AC Vents