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 decrease your monthly energy bills, closing vents might seem like a good choice.
But you might want to reconsider.
According to ENERGY STAR, while you may 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 help with energy efficiency. Your system is still going to work hard to push that same amount of air out, so it could actually raise your energy costs. Keep in mind that every home and situation is different. If you have questions, you can contact a qualified professional 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 carry:
- Zoning Systems – This is a great choice if you have multiple stories or larger floor plans. The zoning systems lets you identify sections or areas of the home and set unique temperatures to help maintain home comfort. This also helps with utility bills, 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 fairly 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 Cedar Rapids, give Ilten's Incorporated a shout. Our team can help assess the situation. You can also arrange an appointment with us online. We’ll walk you through your choices and discuss the best options to meet your home comfort needs!