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Will closing my vents help with my energy bills?

Trying to monitor the temperatures and energy costs in your house can be challenging. There’s one approach 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 lower your monthly energy bills, closing vents might seem like a good choice.

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 should, or the air will find another way out, like through leaky air ducts.

Closing vents also doesn’t help with energy efficiency. Your system is still going to work hard to push that same amount of air out, so it could actually up your energy costs. Keep in mind that every house and situation is different. If you have questions, you can reach out to a qualified contractor to take a look.

However, you’re in luck! There are other solutions to help you manage temps in your home. Here are a couple options that we recommend:

  • Zoning Systems – This is a great solution if you have multiple stories or larger floor plans. The zoning systems lets you choose sections or areas of the home and set different 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 being used.
  • 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 offer the additional heating or cooling you need. Even better, installation is pretty easy. The only items required are an interior unit on an exterior wall and an outdoor condenser unit.

If you are having trouble keeping your whole house at a comfortable temperature in Elmhurst, give Alan Heating Air Conditioning, Inc. a shout. 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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