While we know the benefits of zone heating those areas where we spend the most time, what we often forget is to reduce the heat in areas that remain unoccupied for several days, such as a guest room, storage, craft room, shop or utility room.
Rooms that have no waterworks to worry about freezing during cold weather, are prime areas where we can reduce and save energy.
Turn off the heat to those rooms or shut the door or heat vent, to keep the heat down or out altogether. With doors shut, your common areas will stay warm while you save money. Just remember to allow heat and air circulation into those rooms occasionally and especially when they are expected to be occupied.
In hot climates, adjust the setting on the air conditioner to decrease the cool air to those empty rooms or turn down individual cooling systems, to save energy. Because central air can be wasted in many areas such as storage rooms, closets and areas not often used, many choose to install more economical ductless split room air conditioners. This is also a good option if your home has no duct systems in place.
It’s a good idea to review contents of the area to make certain there’s nothing there that could be damaged from a cooler or warmer temperature if you do reduce cooling or heating to some areas of your home.
We tend to close off bedrooms early in the day while heat is best used in the central part of the home, and open those doors in the evening. Remember, a few kilowatts saved means more money in your pocket!