Close Vents – Daily Financial Challenge

close vents - save moneyWhile it’s still Spring, summer is right around the corner and a good time to start preparing your house for those hot summer days so that you don’t spend more than you need to. The main area to concentrate on is taking actions that help reduce the cost of cooling your house since this can account for as much as 70% of your utility bill during the summer. One of the easiest steps to take is to isolate the rooms that are rarely used in your house.

There is absolutely no reason to cool rooms that aren’t being used most of the time as the more space that needs to be cooled, the harder your air conditioner will have to work. Since most people spend the vast majority of their time in just a few rooms, taking the time to make sure the cooling vents in the other rooms are closed makes sense (the one exception is if you have a room that you don’t use which has a temperature sensor in it that can’t be turned off – in this case closing the vent will make your air conditioner work harder since the sensor will always think it isn’t cool enough).

All you need is about ten minutes of time to walk around your house and locate the air conditioning vents in each room (check closets too – you’d be surprised where vents are in some houses, especially older ones). When you locate a vent located in a room which is rarely used, take a minute to make sure that the vent is closed tight. By doing so you’ll make your air conditioner work less this summer which will put extra money into your pocket instead of handing it over to the electricity company.

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5 Responses to Close Vents – Daily Financial Challenge

  1. Gigi says:

    Depending on how your house is laid out and if it’s a two story, one option is to turn off the duct work (at the furnace) leading to the lower level. That way, all air will be pushed upstairs and drift downstairs (hot air rises, cold air sinks).

    I’ve noticed that turning off the vents can sometimes cause them to make a noise. This is due to air still trying to pass through the vent. The best option is to close the flue at the furnace leading to certain areas of the house. In my place, I have an upstairs and a downstairs duct flue. I can effectively close off one half floor depending on the season. I also close the associated vents for any leakage.

  2. ski says:

    this is not as simple of a task but we have a fan in our attic that kicks on when the attic gets to a certain temp. This helps keep the top of our house cool and in the long run will make our roof last longer.

  3. Rachel says:

    I have a question about this that may be stupid, but what the heck…

    If you turn off a vent in a room, should you then keep that room’s door shut? I have a room that is rarely used, but I do have a cat litter box in there, so I keep the door partially opened for them to go in there. I don’t need a/c working in there necessarily, but if I’m going to have to keep the door closed too, I will need to move the box.

    Let me know how that works. Thanks!

  4. pfadvice says:

    If you turn off a vent in a room, should you then keep that room’s door shut?

    Yes – leaving the door open will let cool air from other parts of the house rush into the room and let the warmer air out. If possible, I’d move the litter box.

  5. Ben says:

    I have a question which is similar to Rachel’s but in the room in question, there’s a cold air return in that room. Should I still close the door? The only other cold air return on that floor is in the master bedroom where I also close the bedroom door so it stays real cold in there.

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