According to Energy.gov, heating and cooling costs account for half of all your energy costs. With that in mind, it is of course understandable that you want to find ways to save money. Unfortunately though, many people believe the myth that closing AC vents in unused rooms is the solution. On the contrary, doing this can actually do more harm than good to your cooling system, and as a result can end up costing you more in the long run.
Is There an Alternative to Doing This?
Closing off air vents in your home allows pressure to build up in your ducts, which can eventually cause small leaks in your ductwork. The added pressure also makes your air conditioner work harder and longer to distribute air throughout your home, decreasing its efficiency. The good news is though, there is a solution to this problem: zone control cooling.
What Is Zone Control Cooling?
A zone control system lets you control the temperature in each room of your home during the cooling season, as well as the heating season for year round comfort. It works by using dampers that are installed behind each vent in your home. This allows you to control the temperature of each room individually without disrupting anyone else’s cooling preferences, and without wasting energy and money by closing off vents.
Chances are, if you’ve tried closing off vents before, it’s because you either have rooms that are unoccupied or you have occupants in your home that have different cooling and heating preferences. Zone control cooling keeps everybody in the home happy while also improving your energy efficiency. In fact, you may be able to reduce your energy costs by as much as 30%, since you won’t have to cool down the entire home when you don’t need too. Lastly, zone control cooling will help extend your HVAC system’s life as it won’t experience wear and tear as quickly.
Advanced Home Services offers zone control system services in Rexburg, ID and surrounding communities. Contact us today!