Will closing my vents help with my energy bills?

August 19, 2019

Trying to oversee the temperatures and energy costs in your house can be tricky. There’s one tactic many homeowners attempt to try to come to a solution—closing the vents. Whether you are trying to force cooler air to different spaces or looking for ways to reduce your monthly energy bills, closing vents might seem like a good solution.

But you might want to think again.

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 raise your energy costs. Keep in mind that every space 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 solutions that we recommend:

  • 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 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 pieces of equipment 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 Long Beach, give YES R&M Inc. a call. Our team can help review the situation. You can also arrange an appointment with us online. We’ll walk you through your solutions and discuss the best options to meet your home comfort needs!