Do I Need a Zoned Home?
A zoned heating and cooling system divides your home into two (or more) zones which are altered by their own thermostat. Are some spaces in your home more comfortable than others? Do you have hot and cold spots? There are many factors that can play into this, but a zoned home comfort system just may be the one answer you need. Zoning will not only keep you more comfortable, but when working with programmable thermostats, it could also help you save on your heating and cooling expenses.
How Does It Work?
After the zones of your home have been mapped out, zoned heating and cooling runs by using dampers that are installed into your ductwork. These dampers control air flow throughout your home. Each zone of your home has its own thermostat installed to better modify and control your comfort. All of the individual thermostats are tied in to a control panel that controls your HVAC system.
Is A Zoned Home Right for Me?
A simple way to envision the importance of zoning is to imagine you controlled each light in your home with one switch. That would be incredibly inefficient and not practical at all. The same is true for having one thermostat handling your entire home. With a zoned heating and cooling system you have control of every zone of your home. Zones are typically mapped out by identifying the areas in the home that have similar heating and cooling needs.
Even in homes that are appropriately insulated and constructed well can be impacted from hot and cold spots. Some common architectural features that result in this are multiple stories, large windows and vaulted ceilings. As we all learned in science class, heat rises. That means that your top floors are likely to be warmer than lower levels. It only makes sense to have a separate thermostat for different levels of your home. Zoned homes can also be adjusted to your family’s personal comfort preferences.
A zoned home will not only save you on energy expenses, but it will keep you and your family more comfortable.
If you’re installing a new system or if you’re interested in retrofitting your current system our pros are here to help you every step of the way. If you have any questions about zoned homes or anything related to your family’s comfort, our experts are just a phone call away. Give us a call at 803-265-4208.