Will my heating bills go up if I rip out my lowered ceilings?
August 9, 2009 7:54 PM Subscribe
The previous owner of my house lowered the ceilings to save energy. I hate them. If I take the new ceilings down, will my energy bills go up that much?
posted by christinetheslp to Home & Garden (14 answers total)
At some point the previous owners of my house stopped using the old heating vents near the ceilings and put in new vents near the floor. At that time they also put new, lower ceilings in the bedrooms and hallway with the idea that lower ceilings would keep the warm air down and lower heating bills.
I hate these ceilings. They're acoustic tile with fluorescent lights. My husband and I poked up a tile and were surprised to find the house's original ceiling, intact and in great shape, a mere eight inches or so above the new ceiling. I'd love to rip out the new ceiling and expose the old, nicer ceiling. However, I'm reluctant to do this for fear that my heating bills will go up. I don't think they would, but I'm not sure.
Could lowering the ceiling eight inches really lower your heating bills? Or will I not see a difference if I take the lower ceilings out?