If you’re the type of person that will close the vents in certain rooms to avoid cooling or heating them, think twice before doing it again. You may think that doing this will save you money on your monthly energy bills, but it’s not all what it’s cracked up to be. Here’s the truth about closing your air vents:
It’s a Myth
Most people believe that if you reduce the amount of square footage to heat and cool, you’ll save money on your energy bills. Wrong! HVAC systems are sized specifically for the square footage of your home, so reducing the amount it has to cool or heat can cause problems. This will cause your air unit to cycle on and off more frequently than ever before.
A Costly Decision
When you close air vents while your HVAC system is running you’ll be spending just as much, if not more money on your energy bills. If that weren’t bad enough, your unit will also experience more wear and tear. This won’t cost you anything now, but it will down the road in future repairs and early replacement of the system itself.
What to Do?
First things first, don’t close any of the vents or doors in the house — leave them all open! However, sometimes you need to close doors for privacy reasons. You can do so, just make sure there’s a gap of a half inch between the bottom of the door and the floor so air can properly circulate.
Once you know the truth about closing your home’s air vents, you’ll know what to do and what not to do. When your heating and cooling system needs to be serviced, repaired, or replaced, contact the experts at Lancaster Plumbing, Heating, Cooling & Electrical. To learn more, or to schedule an appointment, give us a call at (717) 207-8198.