energy usage

November 1, 2016

Should You Shut a Room to Save Energy?

Many homeowners fall for the urban myth that closing air vents in infrequently-used rooms can save energy. In reality, shutting a room can increase your energy bills, and cause a number of other issues in your home, including: Diminished comfort. In a system with a single-speed blower fan, shutting vents can make it difficult to maintain comfort. That’s because closing vents restricts airflow in the ductwork, which causes a pressure increase in the HVAC system. The fan speed drops as […]
November 29, 2011

Why It Pays To Lower Your Heating Load Before You Upgrade Your HVAC System

Upgrading your HVAC system is a major investment that will have major ramifications on your comfort and energy costs for years to come. If you want to lower not only your monthly energy usage but also the upfront cost of the equipment, you should reduce your heating load before you purchase a new HVAC system. Your heating load refers to how much energy your home needs to be warmed properly. The less energy efficient your home is, the higher your […]