Homeowners and property managers are generally on the lookout for ways to reduce waste and unnecessary costs. This is especially true when it comes to energy and utility costs, where cutbacks may also reduce the carbon footprint and help the environment. Deciphering information about potential energy saving tips can be difficult since the difference between myth and fact can be blurry at best. A common belief in the heating and air conditioning industry is that closing vents in unused rooms will save on heating and air costs.
Normal Air Distribution
Heating and air systems that depend on ducts for transporting airflow are commonly used in homes throughout the country. These systems are designed to move air from room to room at the specified temperature and provide an escape route for air returns. These systems are especially susceptible to manipulations and changes from users who tamper with vents and air returns. Savannah Air Factory works with multiple residential and commercial HVAC systems and understands your desire to save energy.
Many users believe that closing one or more vents in an unoccupied room will prevent waste and cause their unit to heat or cool the property more efficiently. While this theory seems plausible, it’s incorrect. Duct sizes and direction are specifically determined based on the size of the property and anticipated demand. Unfortunately, closing vents for more than a short term actually forces more air through the ducts at a higher pressure and rate of speed. This can impact the temperature and humidity of the house and cause the system to run at a lower capacity and with less efficiency than intended.
Viable Energy-Saving Options
A better way to save energy with duct systems is to ensure all exterior windows and doors are properly sealed. Air diffusers can be incorporated to alter the direction or impact of airflow into a particular area for the overall comfort of users. Ductless air units are also available, as are much other heating and air options that rely on technology and produce highly efficient results. Upgrading an existing system that’s not running at peak efficiency may be a worthwhile investment.
Savannah Air Factory is a full-service HVAC provider that offers a wide variety of services to customers throughout Georgia. Our experienced professionals are available to assist with everything from emergency repairs to new system installations. We offer sales and service for heat pumps, air conditioners, furnaces, maintenance agreements, and much more, all with special financing options. For whatever HVAC need you’re experiencing, we’re here to help. Call Savannah Air Factory today to learn more.