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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 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 choice.

But you might want to reevaluate.

According to ENERGY STAR, while you might 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 call a qualified technician 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 solutions that we recommend:

  • Zoning Systems – This is a great option if you have multiple stories or greater square footage. The zoning systems lets you select sections or areas of the home and set differing 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 provide 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 challengings keeping your whole house at a comfortable temperature in Opelika, give Farnell Mechanical, Inc. a ring. Our team can help examine the situation. You can also book an appointment with us online. We’ll walk you through your choices and discuss the best options to meet your home comfort needs!

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