Leaving Furnace Heating Vents Open in Boone and Banner Elk NC?


Screen Shot 2015-04-09 at 2.58.24 PMWith the arrival of colder weather, it is a great idea to seal the visible gaps around your windows and doors to keep the cold air out. Is it also beneficial to seal off vents in unused rooms in your home? The answer is surprisingly that it is not a good idea, because it actually will make your HVAC system work harder to efficiently heat your home. At Mountaineer Heating &Cooling, we provide annual inspections and furnace repairs in Boone to keep your family safe and improve energy efficiency in your home.

Closing vents for unused rooms is not recommended because it lowers efficiency and shortens the life of your HVAC system, according to Angie’s List:

It’s also possible to damage your furnace by closing too many air vents. Newer, high efficiency models are designed to operate with your specific square footage in mind and with fans running at full speed. Closing off vents creates unexpected blockages, which forces the furnace to work harder when distributing heated air. It’s also possible that limited air flow, especially in winter, may cause freezing in your ducts, meaning more work for your heating and air conditioning system. So this not only lowers the energy efficiency of your heater, but shortens its life.”

Leaving all of the vents open in your home will maximize the efficiency of your furnace and create a comfortable indoor environment. To avoid an HVAC repair in Boone, make sure your furnace receives annual tune-ups. At Mountaineer Heating & Cooling, we will extend the life of your furnace by tightening valves and connections, as well as optimizing the airflow throughout your home or business. Here’s why it is important to find a certified technician to perform the detailed work relating to your HVAC system:

Closing off ducts and adjusting your furnace are tasks best left to trained experts. Also, alterations you make to your heating and air conditioning systems won’t be covered under any warranty and could permanently damage your furnace.”

For outstanding installation, repair and HVAC maintenance services in the Boone area, contact Mountaineer Heating & Cooling. We service all of the major brands and carry a variety of energy efficient furnaces if you are in need of a replacement. Emergency assistance and a convenient maintenance schedules are available. Let us clean, analyze, test and tighten the connections on your HVAC system annually to ensure that you are receiving the top performance from your heating and air conditioning system. Contact us for furnace repair and service today in Boone at 828-264-6625.

(Source: Angie’s List: Does Shutting Furnace Vents Improve Energy Efficiency? angieslist.com, Sept. 30, 2014)