SHOULD I COVER MY AIR VENTS?
As a homeowner, you have a variety of expenses. Between utilities, property taxes, and the cost of your kids’ after-school activities, we’d be surprised if you didn’t follow advice that could save you a few dollars here and there.
The thing is this: not all advice is good advice — such as the notion that closing air vents in unused rooms can lower your energy bills. That’s simply not true. Our advice right now? Stop covering your air vents.
Should I Cover My Air Vents?
In short, no. While some people may think that covering their vents will prevent treated air from being wasted on uninhabited rooms, covering your vents can actually have the opposite effect. Here’s why:
It Disrupts Airflow
When you cover your air vents, only you are aware of it. Your heating and cooling system can’t tell if the vents are covered, so air will still get pumped to that vent. Now, if warm air is being pumped to a room, but the return vent isn’t able to pull the cold air out of that same room, then the air flow in your system gets thrown out of whack.
It Can Cause a Pressure Buildup
When air can’t flow through rooms properly, a pressure buildup can form inside your ducts and HVAC unit. This can ultimately make for low airflow and cause your heat exchanger to crack which will allow carbon monoxide to leak into your home.
It Can Waste Energy
That pressure buildup can cause more than your heat exchanger to crack. It can also cause your air ducts to crack and develop leaks. If your ducts have leaks, then treated air will escape and cause your HVAC system to work harder to heat or cool a room, ultimately wasting energy and raising your utility bills.
Lower Your Utility Bills with HARP
The experts at HARP Home Services LLC have the expertise and experience needed to keep your ducts clean and your HVAC system running well. Our technicians are factory trained, licensed, and fully vetted, so you can be sure that you’ll receive exemplary workmanship from trustworthy professionals.
For more information or to schedule a service, call us at 860-341-1499.