Some homeowners will do some wacky things to save energy during the winter. They will keep the furnace at uncomfortably cold temperatures or huddle around tiny space heaters to keep warm. These are just a couple of the sacrifices homeowners think they have to make in order to save some money on energy, and they not only disturb the comfort of your home, but some could also cause damage. One such “energy saving” practice involves closing off the registers or vents in the rooms of the homes that aren’t used frequently. This practice can be used when used properly, but honestly, Four Seasons has better ways for you to save money on your energy bills this winter!
Problems Caused by Closing Too Many Vents
The big problem with closing the vents is that many homeowners will close too many of them. At the max you should only be closing off around 30% of the vents in your home, and when you do close them off, make sure you close both the supply and return. Closing more than the allotted number of vents will begin to cause airflow problems for your furnace. The remaining vents won’t be able to supply enough air to the furnace and the system will overheat or shut down on the high limit switch. In some cases, this won’t even save energy. Odds are the furnace will begin consuming more energy by trying to keep up with the limited airflow. This isn’t the way to save energy this winter, but Four Seasons has a few options to choose from.
Affordable Ways to Save Energy with Four Seasons:
- Zoning the Home: If you want to safely adjust which rooms receive heating this winter, have your Four Seasons serviceman install a whole house zoning system. This system is incorporated into the duct work of the home and with the use of individual thermostats each room can be set to the desired temperature. This way you can choose which rooms need the heat and which ones don’t without worrying about cutting off airflow to the furnace. The system is designed to eliminate this problem!
- Furnace Tune-Ups: Another way to save money this winter is to make your furnace run more efficiently. A dirty furnace is hindered from heating the home as efficiently as possible, but a tune up from Four Seasons could change all that!
- Duct Sealing and Insulating: Boosting the efficiency of your duct work is another great way to get the most out of the energy that your furnace consumes! Sealing and insulating your duct work will ensure that the heat created by the furnace can travel throughout the home without loosing its temperature. More heat will arrive to your rooms and the furnace will have to run less frequently. This will save money because the furnace will have to create less heat to meet your temperature needs.
These are just a few of the ways that Four Seasons Heating and Air Conditioning is helping Chicagoans save energy this winter. If you want to see how Four Seasons can help you save, give us a call now! Talk with one of our specialists about making affordable energy efficient home improvements before you pay for one more month of excessive energy use!