Winter or summer, homeowners in Angleton, Texas, look for ways to cut down on their home heating and cooling costs. However, some the actions you might take to increase energy efficiency could end up costing you more. Don’t let popular myths about closing off vents, setting a higher temperature, and using duct tape increase your energy bills.

Closing off Vents for Energy Efficiency

Homeowners often block off vents and registers in rooms and areas where heating or cooling is not required. However, this does not reduce the load on your HVAC system. On the contrary, it causes your system to work harder and can even cause it to break down. Additionally, the heat in your home will naturally move towards colder areas where the vents are closed off and make the entire home colder. If you really want to save energy in unoccupied portions of your home, consider installing a zoning system.

Setting a Higher Temperature for Colder Weather

People tend to set the thermostat higher if the weather outside is colder. Next time you are tempted to reach for the thermostat, remember that you are sitting in an isolated, indoor environment. Your thermostat will regulate the internal temperature irrespective of the weather out there.

Setting a Higher Temperature for Faster Heating

When you walk into an extremely chilly room, the usual response is to set a higher temperature initially in order to heat the room faster. With a higher thermostat setting, you HVAC only continues to heat the room for a longer time, until the set temperature is achieved. If you do not lower the setting, you will end up wasting the energy instead.

Using Duct Tape for Sealing Ducts

Contrary to the common belief that duct tape is good for sealing ducts, it’s actually a poor choice. Since the ducts tend to attract dirt, the adhesive dries out, and the tape falls off over time. Mastic tapes do a better job of insulating the ducts.

At Davis Air Conditioning & Heating, we help homeowners make the most of their HVAC system. To learn more about how you can efficiently heat your home, call our experts at 888-929-0049.

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