Have you ever walked past an empty room in your home and noticed that air is blowing through the heating vent at full blast? If you’re like many other homeowners in the Raleigh area, you may be tempted to shut that vent in order to stop wasting energy. A word of advice: don’t. Here’s Rapid Repair Experts’ guide to why you should leave your heating vents open this winter.
Open heating vents lower energy bills
For many people, it’s hard to imagine why heating an unused room this winter could save them money. Shouldn’t heat just be used to keep people warm, not walls? Well, the answer isn’t quite that simple. A furnace or heat pump will work non-stop to keep the whole home at a consistent temperature. However, rooms with closed vents throw off the balance by becoming cooler than the rest of the home. Your HVAC system will work harder than normal in order to heat those rooms and restore the equilibrium. This can drive up your heating costs, so leave your vents open during winter to reduce the strain on your heating system.
Closed air vents can damage your Raleigh HVAC system
Your heating system blows large quantities of air through the ductwork, and the air vents are essential to alleviating the pressure that accumulates. But when you close an air vent, less air is able to exit the ducts, increasing the air pressure and ultimately causing damage. Small holes and cracks are likely to form throughout the ducts, leading to significant leakage that lowers your heating system’s efficiency and makes your air dirty. By leaving your vents open, you can cut down on costly HVAC repairs.
Smart WiFi thermostat installation from Rapid Repair Experts
While closing heating vents isn’t the way to go for lowering heating costs, the idea is totally valid. If you want to reduce your energy usage by dedicating heat only to certain areas of your home, upgrade to a smart thermostat from Rapid Repair Experts. Smart thermostats offer zoning capabilities that result in serious savings on winter heating bills. The built-in electronic zoning system allows for the kind of total HVAC control often seen in commercial buildings. With zoned HVAC, you can independently heat different rooms, allowing you to only use the energy you need. In addition, WiFi-enabled thermostats come with remote controls that function just like your TV remote but control the HVAC system from anywhere in the house. Whether you’re relaxing on the couch or crawling into bed, your remote will provide you instant comfort- and for a very small investment, too.
Call Rapid Repair Experts for your smart thermostat installation today!