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Don’t Close Off Vents During the Winter to Save Money on Your Heating Bills

Closing heating vents in unused rooms in your home has been a common practice in the past, but it doesn’t save you money.

The practice dates back to a much earlier time in history, when homes were heated from one central location, like a fireplace.

Back then it worked.

Today, however, central heating and air conditioning is a standard in our homes and closing off less used rooms by shutting vents, or doors, can raise your energy costs, not reduce them.

Why does closing your heating vents cost you more money?

First, HVAC systems in modern homes are designed to heat or cool the entire home and are sized according to this need.

By shutting off a section of airflow, you increase the air pressure within the system, which increases the amount of leakage from the ductwork.

Second, too many closed vents can cause your HVAC system to malfunction.

Your system relies on a certain amount of airflow to maintain a certain temperature. Reducing airflow in your furnace can cause furnace burners to shut down to prevent overheating and possible damage to your system.

Once this occurs, your system can no longer heat.

Finally, most doors inside your home are not weather-stripped- this allows cold air to be drawn into your warm air. Your system will only have to work harder to compensate for closed vents that were installed to handle the closed off rooms.

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Q&A’s – HVAC & Plumbing

Q: Why should homeowners schedule annual maintenance inspection on their heating and cooling systems?

A: One of the reasons to have annual maintenance inspections for your heating and cooling system is to ensure that it is performing at maximum efficiency. Your heating and cooling equipment’s efficiency directly affects your monthly utility bills.

You also want to make sure your equipment is functioning correctly and catch any problems before they become major expenses.

Regular maintenance will often pay for itself in lower repair costs.

Finally, you want to make sure that your heating and cooling system is operating safely. Loose electrical connections or holes in your system’s heat exchanger can cause a carbon monoxide leak.

Contact A.J. Perri to set up your annual tune-up today!

Q:  What causes my faucets to leak?

A: Most faucets work with a rubber or composition washer that closes onto a metal washer seat.  Over time, the washer will harden and crack or simply gets worn down.

This causes leaking faucets.

Closing your faucet tighter is only a temporary fix. In fact, you’re just increasing the internal damage to the washer and faucet and the problem is only going to get worse.

Usually, when the faucet drips, the problem has a relatively simple solution: the washers or other internal mechanisms need to be rebuilt or replaced. You can do this yourself or contact a professional plumber who can fix this easily and inexpensively.

Q:  Can I save money by waiting to change my furnace filter?

A: While it would seem to make sense that changing your furnace filter less often would save you money, in the long run it will likely cost you more.

During peak season usage (cold winter months), a clean furnace filter can impact how well your system performs and how much energy it consumes.

A dirty filter forces your furnace to work harder, eating up energy and increasing your energy costs.

Over time, if you wait too long to change your furnace filter you may even damage your system and decrease its lifespan.

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Q:  My furnace is acting up, what should I do?

A: We recommend scheduling a tune-up to maintain and assess the state of your furnace. If you have more than one of these signs and would like the peace of mind a furnace tune-up or free consultation would provide you, please give us a call.

Beware of the following:

  1. Strange Noises. Old furnaces often make banging or rattling noises as they near the end of their lives. You may also notice your furnace is noisier as it cycles on and off more frequently.
  2. Rising Gas or Electric Bills. Rising prices aren’t the only reason your energy bill may be going up. Furnaces lose efficiency with time and lack of regular maintenance.
  3. Frequent Repairs. Your furnace will break down more often as it ages. Just like a car, you may benefit more from replacing it as it becomes more and more expensive to maintain.
  4. Hot or Cold ‘Spots’ in Your Home. As your furnace becomes less effective, you may notice some areas of your home don’t heat as quickly or efficiently as others.
  5. Stale or Stuffy Air. Older furnaces often strain to provide the same level of comfort they have easily maintained in the past. Have you or someone in your family been suffering from a dry throat or skin… your furnace could be to blame.
  6. Poor Indoor Air Quality. Just as older furnaces struggle to moisturize the air, they also lack the ability to filter the air in your home. You will notice dirt and dust begin to build-up quickly in your home.

Q:  Is heating system maintenance really important?

A: Absolutely. People often don’t think about their furnace until it breaks down. You don’t want to make this mistake. Just like any other major piece of equipment, your heating and cooling equipment needs annual maintenance to run at its peak efficiency. Over half of all of the repair calls that we run could have been avoided with regular maintenance. Your heating system also becomes less efficient and reliable as dirt and dust builds up.

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