Do I need a zoned home?

March 29, 2016

Do I Need a Zoned Home?

A zoned heating and cooling system splits your home into two (or more) zones which are controlled by its own thermostat. Are some spaces in your home more comfortable than others? Do you have hot and cold spots? There are a lot of factors that could play into this, but a zoned home comfort system just may be the one solution you need. Zoning will not only keep you more comfy, but when paired with programmable thermostats, it could also help you save on your heating and cooling bill.

How Does It Work?

After the zones of your home have been determined, zoned heating and cooling operates by using dampers that are installed into your ductwork. These dampers control air flow all around your home. Each zone of your home has its own thermostat installed to allow you to customize and control your comfort. All of the individual thermostats are connected to a control panel that operates your HVAC system.

Is A Zoned Home Right for Me?

A simple way to think through the importance of zoning is to imagine you controlled all the lights of your home with the flick of an individual switch. That would be highly inefficient and wouldn’t make much sense. The same is true for having one thermostat controlling your entire home. With a zoned heating and cooling system you have control of every zone of your home. Zones are normally 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 suffer from hot and cold spots. Some standard architectural features that result in this are multiple stories, large windows and vaulted ceilings. As we all found out 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 an individual thermostat for different levels of your home. Zoned homes can also be customized to your family’s personal comfort preferences.

A zoned home will not only save you on bills, 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 experts 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 team is just a phone call away. Give us a call at 727-369-6195.