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Do Closed Doors Reduce Cooling Costs?

Temperatures are rising and if you use an air conditioner in your home, you may be looking for ways to cut down on cooling costs during these hot summer months. A common theory is that closing doors to rooms that are not being used will reduce the amount of space needed to cool, which will therefore improve energy efficiency. Read on to find out if limiting the amount of air movement in your home will actually lower your energy bill.

Closing Doors and its Effect on Cooling Costs

Many people have the misconception that if they close doors in their home, it will reduce the amount of space that they need to heat or cool. While this sounds good in theory, it is actually a myth. Closing doors and vents in rooms that are not being used can raise your energy consumption. When you close a doorway, you block the path for air to efficiently move throughout your home.

Your home’s heating and cooling system works properly when the amount of air returning back to the furnace or air handler equals the volume delivered through the supply registers in each room. When doors are closed, rooms become pressurized and the air pressure pushes conditioned air through small openings. Rooms with closed doors start to leak air.

The air that escapes is replaced in an equal amount, which can increase the amount of air being drawn from 300 percent to 900 percent, significantly raising energy bills. This replacement air comes through places like the chimney, water heater or furnace flue along with any other small openings. Since the air is not coming through the HVAC system, it is not filtered and therefore contains dirt, dust and humidity which could affect the air quality in your home.

How to Improve Energy Efficiency

Now that we have established that closing doors is not energy efficient and can be quite dangerous to your home, you might be wondering what other options there are available to keep your cooling costs down. If you are looking to safely and efficiently cut down on energy costs this summer, there are many effective and reliable options such as:

  • Turning off your cooling system at night and opening your windows while sleeping. In the morning, shutting the windows and blinds to keep cool air inside
  • Installing window coverings to prevent heat gain through your windows
  • Operating your thermostat efficiently
  • Using a ceiling fan while using an air conditioner, which raises the thermostat setting about 4 degrees with no reduction in comfort
  • Scheduling regular maintenance for your cooling equipment

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Bob’s Heating & Air Conditioning installs top-of-the-line water heaters, air conditioners, furnaces and other systems that provide comfort and the highest indoor air quality in Western Washington homes. At Bob’s you will only find qualified expert technicians dedicated to providing the best service. Additionally, Bob’s Heating & Air Conditioning proudly partners with organizations focused on sustainability and innovation, including Built Green, Energy Star, and Puget Sound Energy. Call now (800) 840-3346 or click here to schedule your appointment today!

 

Tankless Water Heater Myths Unlocked

When it comes to water heaters, tankless water heaters are becoming an appealing option for many homeowners. With tankless water heaters you can get better efficiency and endless hot water without the unit taking up too much space. Although there are many advantages of using these types of water heaters, there are still some misconceptions regarding their effectiveness. Read our blog to unlock the 4 major myths about tankless water heaters.

Myth #1: Tankless water heaters are more expensive to operate

Although the initial cost of a tankless water heater can be high in comparison to alternatives, tankless water heaters typically last longer and have lower operating and energy costs. In the long run, these water heaters are considerably less expensive to operate and can save your family $100 or more each year on your energy bill.  Often called on demand water heaters, they supply hot water as needed and do not store hot water that is not being used.

Myth #2:  Tankless water heaters heat water to an unsafe temperature

Tankless water heaters offer an adjustable thermostat for personalized use, so that you are able to enjoy hot water at just the right temperature for you. Like other type of heaters, tankless water heaters have a thermostat in order to prevent overheating and potential scalding.  So you don’t have to ever worry about the water getting too hot when you are taking a shower or doing the dishes.

Myth #3:  A tankless water heater does not supply enough hot water

Since a tankless water heater does not have a storage tank that means that there is no shortage of hot water. Tankless water heaters deliver a constant supply of hot water, so there is no need to wait for it to fill up with enough hot water. Water is heated as it passes over a heating element to an outlet and as long as you need hot water, you will receive it.  Tankless water heaters are designed to supply hot water for the entire family and some have a capacity of up to 9.4 gallons of hot water per minute.

Myth #4:  All tankless water heaters are the same

Throughout the years, tankless water heaters have become a more reliable and cost effective option for many homeowners. There are different brands available for tankless water heaters and some are better than others for certain applications. There are models that offer easier installation, more energy efficiency and are more affordable. One of the most important things to consider when choosing a new water heater is to make sure the quality of installation is high. Reliable and good performance depends on both the brand of the water heater as well as the company that installed it. Bob’s Heating & Cooling offers installation of efficient and high performing water heaters by expert technicians dedicated to providing the best service.

TRUST BOB’S HEATING & AIR CONDITIONING, INC.

Bob’s Heating & Air Conditioning installs top-of-the-line water heaters, air conditioners, furnaces and other systems that provide comfort and the highest indoor air quality in Western Washington homes. At Bob’s you will only find qualified expert technicians dedicated to providing the best service. Additionally, Bob’s Heating & Air Conditioning proudly partners with organizations focused on sustainability and innovation, including Built Green, Energy Star, and Puget Sound Energy. Call now (800) 840-3346 or click here to schedule your appointment today!