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Will closing my vents help with my energy bills?

Trying to manage the temperatures and energy costs in your house can be challenging. There’s one tactic many homeowners give a shot to try to come to a solution—closing the vents. Whether you are trying to force cooler air to different spaces or looking for ways to lower your monthly energy bills, closing vents might seem like a good solution.

But you might want to think again.

According to ENERGY STAR, while you may feel some difference in your home, closing the vents could potentially be harmful. It can make your system work harder than it should, or the air will find another way out, like through leaky air ducts.

Closing vents also doesn’t benefit energy efficiency. Your system is still going to work hard to push that same amount of air out, so it could actually raise your energy costs. Keep in mind that every house and situation is different. If you have questions, you can contact a qualified technician to take a look.

However, you’re in luck! There are other solutions to meet your needs. Here are a couple products that we recommend:

  • Zoning Systems – This is a great option if you have multiple stories or greater square footage. The zoning systems lets you select sections or areas of the home and set unique temperatures to help maintain home comfort. This also helps with energy costs, because you won’t be heating or cooling areas of the home that aren’t being used.
  • Mini-Split Systems – If you’ve added an extra room or space that doesn’t allow you to extend your ductwork, mini-split systems can bring the additional heating or cooling you need. Even better, installation is fairly easy. The only items required are an interior unit on an exterior wall and an outdoor condenser unit.

If you are having difficulties keeping your whole house at a comfortable temperature in Libertyville, give Toptec Heating, Cooling, Plumbing & Electrical a ring. Our team can help review the situation. You can also arrange an appointment with us online. We’ll walk you through your options and discuss the best route to meet your home comfort needs!

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