If your children have moved out of your home and you and your spouse are now living in an empty nest, it is time to make some changes. One of the changes you need to make is to your heating and cooling needs. There are two options below that you can use to do this, which will also help you save money each month.
Using Heating Zones
Because you have less people in your home now, you can reduce the amount of heating and cooling in sections of your home or rooms that you no longer use, such as your kid's now empty bedrooms.
One way you can do this is by using heating zones. This is placing a thermostat in each room in your home. Automatic dampers are installed in your home's duct system that will open and close depending on if that room requires heat or cool air.
You can then have the temperatures different in each room. For example, you want your kitchen and living areas to be warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer. For the empty rooms, however, you could keep set the thermostats so the air would not turn on for those rooms at all.
Look at this like having a light switch in each room to turn the lights on or off. You now have a thermostat in each room to turn the air on and off.
Sealing off Rooms
If you do not want to install a heat zoning system, you can keep the doors shut for the rooms that you do not use. Close the air vents in those rooms. To stop even more airflow, roll up a towel and put it under the door. Having air circulating in these rooms is like throwing money away.
To save more money, keep the doors closed of rooms you and your spouse do not use throughout the day. For example, when you finish using the bathroom, shut the door, or if you will not be in your bedroom all day, keep that door shut.
Contact a heating and cooling technician like one from Always Ready Repair to install a zoned heating system for you if you want this. Ask them to do maintenance on your heating and cooling system to make sure it is in good working order. You should also make sure there is no debris around the outside unit, such as leaves, limbs, or heavy grass growing there.