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Is It More Energy Efficient to Leave Your Doors Open or Closed?

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Choosing whether to leave the doors open or closed is an energy efficiency conundrum that afflicts many a homeowner. It's natural to wonder if you can improve your efficiency, especially when the temperature hits extremes. A common solution is to close doors in the house, cutting off the air flow from room to room, but does this really save energy? It seems like it should work since you're reducing the total area that needs cooling or heating, but this isn't actually the case.

Obstructed Airflow Hurts Efficiency

When you close the doors in the house, the rooms are under pressure because of the blocked off air flow. Trapped air won't stay contained and will find outlets through which it can escape. Due to the nature of how air travels, the lost air gets replaced in equal amounts, which increases the amount of air pulled in from the cooled or heated parts of the house. Instead of creating utility savings and reducing energy consumption, this will increase your HVAC costs.

Improve Energy Consumption with Air Channels

You can solve the issue of blocked airways by keeping doors open, but this isn't always an option. If you're not keen on cutting sections from your doors (most people aren't!), you can have transfer grills installed instead. They allow air to flow between rooms and corridors without impacting your privacy. Of course, as is the case with most HVAC installations, it's best not to proceed on your own.

Get the right help for the job, and call our experts at Morelli Heating & Air Conditioning! We can look over your system in its entirety to identify anything in need of improvement. We even offer home energy audits, so you can better save on your monthly utility costs. For more information about how we can help improve your energy efficiency, reach out to us today.

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