Can I shut my upstairs heating vents?
November 18, 2012 2:52 PM Subscribe
Why are there forced air heating vents in the second floor of my small rowhouse? Won't the hot air just head upstairs and even it all out?
posted by kinsey to home & garden (8 answers total)
OK, I framed the question a bit simply. I live in a small (1500 sq ft) urban rowhouse with forced air heat. Downstairs vents are in the ceiling, upstairs are on the floor (except in the bathroom).
I've had neighbors tell me to just completely shut all the upstairs vents, since the increased hot air from downstairs just floats up (the thermostat is downstairs). They say that since the hot air is being more "focused" to just the downstairs vents, it's more powerful, or efficient, or something. They all do this in their homes.
To someone who doesn't know better, this kind of makes sense. What am I missing?