Clearing the Air on HVAC Myths

There are many misconceptions surrounding heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems. At Wilson Brothers Heating & Air Conditioning, we strive to provide accurate information and dispel common myths. In this blog post, we’ll address one persistent myth that can lead to unnecessary costs and discomfort.

Myth: Closing vents in unused rooms saves energy.

Many homeowners believe that closing vents in rooms they don’t frequently occupy can reduce their energy bills. However, this practice can actually have the opposite effect and cause your HVAC system to work harder, leading to increased energy consumption and potentially damaging the system.

Here’s why:

  1. HVAC systems are designed to distribute air evenly throughout the entire home. When vents are closed, it creates an imbalance in the system, causing it to work harder to maintain the desired temperature.
  2. Closing vents can increase the pressure within the ductwork, leading to air leaks and potentially allowing conditioned air to escape into unconditioned spaces, such as attics or crawl spaces.
  3. Restricting airflow can cause the HVAC system to cycle on and off more frequently, which reduces its efficiency and lifespan.

Instead of closing vents, consider the following energy-saving tips:

  • Install a programmable thermostat to adjust temperatures based on your schedule.
  • Seal air leaks around windows, doors, and other openings to prevent conditioned air from escaping.
  • Replace air filters regularly to improve airflow and system efficiency.
  • Ensure proper insulation in your home to minimize heat transfer.

At Wilson Brothers Heating & Air Conditioning, we understand the importance of keeping your HVAC system running efficiently and effectively. If you have any questions or concerns about your system, don’t hesitate to contact us. Our team of experts is here to provide reliable solutions and professional service.