Now days’ saving money on utility bills is most homeowner’s top priority because it is very easy to do. One of the most common questions we are asked here at Anderson Air is, will closing my furnace vent improve efficiency? It is not true that you can close off certain vent in your home and it will improve the efficiency of your system. It may seem like it would be very beneficial but below we are going to tell you why this method does not work, and provide you with a couple of ways that you can get better efficiency out of your HVAC system.
Why Closing Furnace Vent Seems Logical
It is very common to hear of people closing their vent off in a bedroom or bathroom that is not being used. It seems like a very logical way to improve your systems efficiency however its not. With the door and vent shut off to certain rooms in your home no heat should be pumped into the room, which you would think, would free your HVAC system to heat the rest of your house. At first glance there is nothing really wrong with this method because you think that the air has to go somewhere so by closing off the areas you don’t need it in you will save money and not be wasting heat. Our technicians have conducted studies and there are also many other studies that have concluded that closing vent off to certain rooms in your home actually increase energy usage costing you more money rather than saving it.
Why Closing Furnace Vent Actually Wastes Energy
All of the rooms in your home have cold air returns as well as furnace vent so shutting the vent doesn’t prevent air movement. Just like closing doors to prevent airflow it interferes with your homes efficiency. It may seem crazy but it actually creates pressure in the closed off room, which causes the return duct to pull in cold air from any cracks in the windows or doors. This will also cause the warm air to still try and push up through the closed vent and leak out into the room if they are not sealed properly. Believe it or not it is possible to damage your furnace by closing off too many vents in your home. There are many better ways to create an efficient furnace that will not cause you any trouble. Below we are going to provide you with some alternatives for when it comes to making your home more efficient.
Alternatives To Improving Your Furnace Efficiency
The number one way to improve furnace efficiency is to upgrade your furnace. Older models operate in the fifty to seventy percent range of energy efficiency while the newer models operate between ninety-five to ninety-eight percent efficiency. There is a significant cost to installing a new furnace but we can help. We will search and find you the best deal to fit your budget because we want you to be satisfied. Another more inexpensive way to improve furnace efficiency is by having it cleaned every couple of years to ensure that all of the ducts are tight and properly sealed. We offer this type of furnace service as well.
Cleaning out your furnace wont take no time if you leave it up to one of our professionals here at Anderson Air. If you have any questions about making your furnace more energy efficient give us a call we would be more than happy to help. We also provide any furnace repair services that you may need so if you think yours is in need of a repair be sure to contact us about that as well.