Save Energy by Closing Supply Registers
The basic idea behind this – you have to close supply vents in the rooms, which you do not use and it will conserve energy, and save money. I tried to do it in my house and I have discovered the fact that if I’m closing all vents which I’m thinking are unnecessary at the time I would spend even more energy than before. So, what do you have to do and how?
My idea, and after you read this chapter you can try it in your house, is.....
My house is a colonial with a furnace in the basement and the thermostat is located on the first floor. The furnace is 80000 BTU-s 90+ Carrier with 1200 cfm output. That means that the warmed-up air should be distributed by twelve 6” heat runs. However, in my house I have 19 heat runs on the first and second floors plus 4 in the finished basement, which ........ My house has:
- Three bedrooms with two bathrooms upstairs and there are two heat runs in each bedroom and one heat run in every bathroom
- On the first floor there is 11 heat runs
- In the basement – 4
In order to save energy I am closing down .......
In addition, I keep all doors on the second floor ...... As a result.....
As you probably already figured it out it is kind of a big job: every day walk around your house and fool with the floor vents! No, not at all, I made covers from .......
However, here is one thing you have to take into consideration. I have built the HVAC system for my house by myself and I put some extra heats on the first and on the second floors. So, if you will try this energy saving tip in your house and it not gives you a reduction in the furnace’s cycle time or it will rise output temperature in your furnace you have to add one or two heat runs to the first floor.
How to Add a Heat Run
So, if you have tried to implement the Closing Supply Register tip and it did not give you any furnace cycle time reduction, or it’s significantly increased the temperature rise in your furnace then most likely you should add a heat run or two….
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Okay, all of the sudden here in southeast Michigan the summer is in the full swing again and I got a great opportunity for one more time to check out how my energy saving system is working!
Theorists on some Forum websites such as, for example, HVAC - Talk.com were getting crazy while discussing these very simple techniques of improving efficiency of your heating system, but all their theoretical knowledge means nothing without practice!
Why was it such a failure, the answer is very simple: they were too lazy to check it out in their homes!
However for years I have this system installed in my house and I haven't had any problems to check it out one more time again!
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During four days in a row, tirelessly, I was checking different layouts and found out that my Summer layout is the best one!
Why did it take that long to prove that actually my layout is working?
Well, when I come back from work every day it was already 4 pm and it took from 23 up to 50 minutes for every cycle to complete. My wife was cooking, and my son was running back and forth opening the doors into the garage or to the outside and eventually, I have discovered that my thermostat was not showing the right temperatures. So in order to resolve this issue I started to use my professional electronic thermometer. Nevertheless, no matter what I did my layout was better than any other.
In order to prove it I ran an AC in the four settings:
Original - This one was implemented when the HVAC system was designed. This layout originally was designed for AC mode and it's required minimal improvements on my part.
Winter - This kind of design is very common in the older houses and works great in the wintertime.
I have also improved it and it gives me that great saving which I just mentioned above.
Everything Open - This one is recommended by the HVAC - Talk gurus and at some point it was showing even worse results than the Winter's one!
Summer - This layout was designed by me to save some electricity and guess what it showed me the best results in comparison to the others!
In order to compare all these layouts I have used a stopwatch method. I believe that this method is the most reliable and easily comprehendible!
Of course, the Summer layout has its limitations. You can use it only during daytime hours or in the rooms, which are not currently in use, but no matter what energy saving is energy saving!
Also, during this testing period, I checked out the possibilities of improving temperatures differentials between rooms on the first and on the second floors. This one also is required an individual approach and I would recommend you to pay me first ($1.34) on this page if you are willing to discuss it with me.
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