Saving money on utility bills is a top priority for every homeowner, and optimizing your home’s energy efficiency is the best way for you to achieve big savings month after month. Many people assume closing vents and doors in unused rooms and areas of the house is a smart way to save on energy costs. While forcing air into areas of a house that are in use makes sense in terms of optimizing the use of heated or cooled air, the truth is it actually wastes energy.
Surprised? Closing Vents and Doors Reduces Energy Efficiency
The problem with closing doors and vents in specific rooms is that these areas don’t have cold air returns, so shutting the vents and doors won’t prevent air movement. Instead, it creates pressure, which in turn causes air to be pulled in from cracks or holes in exterior walls. Additionally, forcing air through closed vents and doors will result in air seeping out into poorly sealed areas between walls and other undesirable places. Essentially, closing vents and doors lowers the efficiency of your HVAC system.
Alternative Ways to Increase Energy Efficiency
While closing off portions of your home isn’t optimal for energy efficiency and saving money, there are several other ways to save money on heating and air conditioning:
- Replacing old air conditioners and furnaces with new high-efficiency models
- Booking annual maintenance appointments with a HVAC technician for your HVAC system
- Closing your blinds and keeping the sun out in the summer
- Unplugging appliances and other electronics when not in use
- Getting a programmable thermostat
- Upgrading your light bulbs to energy-efficient LED bulbs
- Turning your thermostat down a degree in the winter and up a degree in the summer
Start Your Energy Efficiency Journey Today
There’s no reason to wait to make a few small changes around the house to save money on your energy bills. Get in touch with our team at Air Treatment, Inc., for additional cost-saving ideas to increase your home’s energy efficiency.