Trying to manage the temperatures and energy costs in your residence can be difficult. There’s one method many homeowners attempt to try to come to a solution—closing the vents. Whether you are trying to push cooler air to different spaces or looking for ways to decrease your monthly energy bills, closing vents might seem like a good option.
But you might want to think again.
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 has 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 space and situation is different. If you have questions, you can contact a qualified technician to take a look.
However, you’re in luck! There are other solutions to assist with managing the comfort levels in your house. Here are a couple options that we recommend:
- Zoning Systems – This is a great choice if you have multiple stories or greater square footage. The zoning systems lets you identify sections or areas of the home and set differing 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 occupied.
- 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 bring the additional heating or cooling you need. Even better, installation is pretty easy. The only components 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 Portland, give Three Rivers Heating & Cooling a shout. Our team can help review 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!