With utility costs on the rise, it’s no secret that homeowners are looking for ways to lower their energy bills. However, when it comes to energy-saving tips, not all the information out there is accurate. While you may think that closing air vents in certain rooms will save you money, the truth is that obstructing the flow of heat can have serious consequences. Here are some problems our heating service experts have seen arise when you close your heater’s air vents while the system is functioning: Insufficient Heating By closing air vents, homeowners trigger their systems’ thermal limit switches too early. As a result, HVAC units are unable to heat the entire home. Additionally, closing off air vents can create a build-up of pressure, which results in cold air being drawn in through cracks in the windows and warm air leaking from the ducts. At the end of the day, you may be paying for heat you aren’t even using. Structural Stresses The walls and doors of your property are not built to accommodate severe variations in temperature. When you close your vents, making one room hotter or colder than another may be putting greater stress on nails, screws and other components that are making up your home’s structure. In the long run, you may wind up spending more on home repairs than you’re saving on heat. Room-by-Room Damage Finally, if your home is climate controlled with a whole-house dehumidifier, certain rooms may see more damage than others when cut off from the air source. As unfiltered air is drawn in from the outside, it can increase the level of dust and humidity in the air. Over time, rooms with blocked airflow can suffer damage to wood and other components. In the long run, the best way to keep your heating unit flowing smoothly and efficiently is to leave vents open and let the system work as intended. Maximize Your Heating System’s Efficiency with Del-Air For more awesome heating and cooling tips, don’t hesitate to contact the heating service experts at Del-Air through our website. Because we are EPA certified and properly licensed, you can feel confident knowing we will keep your HVAC system performing at peak efficiency while helping you save on your monthly energy bills. Call (855) 972-9943 today or contact our heating and AC pros online.
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