Keep Heating Vents Open in Unused Rooms in Your Home

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Looking for ideas on how to be more energy efficient in your home? Getting an annual furnace tune-up in Raleigh and Durham will be one step towards a higher efficiency home. At Carter Heating and Air, our trained technicians provide dependable service, ensuring that your furnace will perform at peak capacity. In addition, closing heating vents actually does not make your home more efficient because even if you have a spare bathroom or bedroom that does not get used often, the vents need to stay open so your furnace can run effectively and distribute airflow evenly. When the vents are closed off, it creates unnecessary pressure in the air ducts, which can lead to potential damage to your HVAC system. Here is the reason why closing vents is ineffective, according to Angie’s List:

 “It creates pressure in the closed-off room, which causes the return duct to pull in cold air from any cracks in windows or doors. In addition, the warm air still trying to push up through closed vents will start to leak out any ducts that aren’t sealed properly, or it will be forced back down into your basement or into floor cavities. So, you’ll still be paying energy costs for heat, just in places you can’t use.”

For targeted heat where you need it most, try using vent deflectors. They will fit onto your vents, creating a desired airflow direction to keep your room comfortable. At Carter Heating and Air, we recommend staying up to date with your scheduled maintenance on your heating system in Durham to increase efficiency in your home. You will receive a complete furnace tune-up for Carrboro and surrounding areas, for top HVAC performance all winter. You may be wondering if partially closing your heat vents will help with energy efficiency in your home. There is a solution that will help with the monthly bills:

To make the most of the warm air in your home, consider partially closing upstairs vents and fully opening those downstairs. Because heat rises, the top floor often steals most of the heat. Partially closing vents can help keep other areas warmer without damaging or stressing your HVAC system.”

Another way to help with efficiency is to replace an old furnace with a new, higher efficiency model. With efficiency ratings (AFUE’s) of 95{72184548b2732d1e53f026153d0af7b89d3b74c9430607d21641291217d8190b} and greater, you will benefit from lower monthly bills and healthier indoor air when you have a new furnace installed. At Carter Heating and Air, we provide affordable financing options and excellent service for new furnace installations in Raleigh and surrounding areas. Our satisfied customers receive trustworthy and prompt service every time, since we are committed to providing the best service in the Triangle area. Your family’s health and safety are important and we provide comprehensive furnace inspections to keep you fully prepared for the winter season. For residential HVAC services, contact us today at 919-772-4456.

(Source: Angie’s List: Does Shutting Furnace Vents Improve Energy Efficiency?, Sept. 30, 2014)


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