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The HVAC Zoning Guide for Empty Nesters

If you’re on the path to an empty nest, you’ve got a lot on your mind. You have more free time in your future you’ll want to figure out things to do. You’re probably a little worried about the kids being out on their own for the first time. One factor you might want to include on that list of things to consider: A newly emptied nest changes the way you can use energy efficiently.

Once the kids are all packed up and out the door, one of the first things you’ll notice is some of your energy costs will decrease. After all, there are fewer people using the resources in your home—from water and food to electricity.

But even though you’re using less energy, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be more efficient with the energy you do use. With some open rooms, you’re spending money to heat and cool spaces you’re not even using. Shutting the doors and vents in those rooms won’t solve that—in fact, you’ll possibly use more energy and put a strain on your HVAC choosing that option. Zoning can help.

What is Zoning?

A zoned heating and cooling system regulates the air in your HVAC to target specific areas—or zones—in your home. They use dampers to divert the air where it’s needed. In homes where temperature control is challenging, zoning systems can be especially helpful. Rather than fight with just one part of the home that is too hot or cold, zoning permits a custom temperature to be set in the area.

Zoning systems are also nice for empty nesters who want to save energy and money each month. With a zoning system, you can make different zones in your home and control them individually. When the kids are at their own place, you can set the temperature in their space to use less energy. When they come back to visit, you make a small adjustment and it’s like they never left.

Best of all, you can save energy and costs using a zoning system. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, you could see a savings of up to 35 percent when you use zoning with a programmable thermostat.

When Should I Consider Zoning?

Zoning systems are a perfect fit for empty nesters who want to save energy while maintaining comfort levels. They’re also a smart choice for homes where:

  • Temperature differs noticeably between different floors or spaces in the home.
  • Large windows are a part of commonly used rooms.
  • High ceilings make it difficult to regulate temperatures.

Will Zoning Work with My Existing HVAC?

Generally, zoning works best for residences that have a multi-stage variable capacity HVAC system. This ensures it can operate at peak efficiency—so you can save energy and costs. However, there are systems for single-stage equipment that also let you reap the benefits of zoning.

And for cases that need an even more flexible solution, there are mini split systems that can act as a separate HVAC for difficult to regulate areas.

Every home’s heating and cooling set up is special. The professionals at Hale's Air Conditioning Services Inc can help you determine whether zoning makes sense for you.

An empty nest is a big change—so it’s an ideal time to reexamine your heating and cooling system to see if it’s meeting your needs. At Hale's Air Conditioning Services Inc, our goal is to ensure you’re comfortable and your system is working as efficiently as possible. If you want to hear more on how a zoned system could help, give us a call at 727-369-6195 or book an appointment with us online.

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