OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — Doing something as simple as adjusting the vents in your home can really help heat things up.
While some rooms are unused in the house, many don't think about closing the vents in those rooms. Instead of heat going where it is not needed, it goes directly to the rooms where it is needed.
Closing the vents not only redirects heat to where it is needed, but it also saves you heating up an entire house.
“They are called dampers and it is a little wing nut with a lever that you can either open or close, basically a door inside the ductwork. If you do find that you have dampers on your ductwork it is a really good idea to mark what position you want it to be in for the winter months and what position you want it to be in for the summer months,” said Eric Bensalah with OPPD.
There are gadgets that can help you determine exactly how much heat is coming out of your vents but some people prefer to adjust simply by using their hand to determine the flow of heat.
Also, you will want to keep the curtains and blinds closed at night to keep that heat from escaping through the windows.
Visit OPPD’s website for more tips.