If you are like most homeowners, you are probably looking for ways to cut down on heating costs this winter. Many homeowners think that when you have a room that is unused, you can save by simply closing the vents. Unfortunately, there are several issues that come when you choose to do this, and it doesn’t really end up saving you any money in the long run. Air Supply Heating & Air Conditioning is here to talk about some of the problems that can arise when you close vents in unused rooms of your home.
Closing Vents Adds Pressure in Ducts
Your HVAC system is designed to have air flow through the ductwork evenly to allow for the right amount of airflow to keep the system working properly. When you close vents leading into certain rooms, you will see an increased pressure in the ductwork that can lead to burst ducts. It isn’t uncommon for the ductwork system in your home to have small leaks here and there, but when there is added pressure in that ductwork, it can cause these small leaks to become much larger.
Loss of Energy Efficiency
As the pressure builds in your ductwork, it can cause added stress and more work for your heating and cooling system. You likely purchased the heating and cooling system you did to get the most efficient option possible. To close vents and lose some of the efficiency totally works against you and the efficiency of your unit. The added stress to your HVAC system will also likely end up costing you over time as well as the system won’t last as long.
Risk of Carbon Monoxide
Carbon monoxide is nothing that you want to be messing with. This colorless, odorless gas can be deadly when you are breathing in large quantities. What’s even worse is the fact that many people don’t realize that is what is going on until it is too late. Closed vents in unused rooms increases the risk of your heat exchanger cracking and the risk of carbon monoxide problems will increase exponentially. You should always make sure you have carbon monoxide detectors throughout your home that are in good working condition to help keep you safe from this problem.
Mold Growth in Air Ducts
Mold needs to have ideal conditions to grow and thrive. It needs an area that is damp and cool. When you close the vents to certain rooms, these rooms are kept much cooler and the risk of mold goes up. You often don’t realize you have a mold issue until you can smell it when entering a room. It can be difficult and expensive to have it removed from your home as well.
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If your home isn’t heating evenly as it should, you may have an issue with your heating system. You can rely on the experts at Air Supply Heating & Air Conditioning to help you solve these issues and keep you comfortable no matter how cold it is outside. Call us today!