Dirty ventilation grille in the kitchen on the wall. Communication in the kitchen. Grease and dirt on the ventilation.

Every winter, homeowners look for ways to lower their heating expenses. Many homeowners believe that closing the vents in rooms they’re not using can help with these, since in theory the furnace wouldn’t heat these rooms if they were closed.

However, this method doesn’t actually work this way, and your energy bills may go up if you do this.

Why Closing Your Vents Is a Myth

Blocking a vent from blowing hot air into a specific room doesn’t make the furnace work any less. All you’re doing by closing a vent is wasting the hot air that would’ve been circulating in those empty rooms.

Furthermore, having cold rooms and warm rooms is actually not good for your home’s overall temperature. Having a very cold room or story can drain the heat of another room, forcing you to work your furnace even more and use more energy.

So what will actually work to lower your winter energy bills?

How To Lower Your Energy In Winter

Closing your vent won’t help you with your bill, but there are a few things you or your local HVAC expert can do to help you.

  1. Upgrade your thermostat. Taking advantage of smart options allows you to adjust your home’s temperature even when you’re not home, so you can use your HVAC more efficiently.
  2. Sign up for an HVAC maintenance plan. This will help you identify any issues your HVAC system may be having before they get worse and affect your system’s efficiency.
  3. Don’t block your air vents. If you have furniture or curtains covering your vents, you may not be heating your home as easily, causing you to turn up the temperature even more  and using more energy.
  4. Seal your doors and windows. You may be losing a lot of heat if they aren’t sealed, or if the seals are old.
  5. Get a tune-up with your HVAC expert. Your HVAC system may not be as efficient as it could be, and a little tune-up can go a long way to improving it.

Get Expert Help From Kay Heating & Air

Kay Heating & Air’s expert team of HVAC technicians can help you keep your energy bill low this winter. Whether it’s regular maintenance on your system, repairing a faulty HVAC, or installing indoor quality systems, humidifiers, and programmable thermostats, we are here for you and your HVAC.


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