Do I need a zoned home?

March 29, 2016

Do I Need a Zoned Home?

A zoned heating and cooling system separates your home into two (or more) zones which are set by their own thermostat. Are some rooms in your home more comfy than others? Do you have hot and cold spots? There are a number of factors that could play into this, but a zoned home comfort system just may be the one fix you need. Zoning will not only keep you more comfy, but when teamed with programmable thermostats, it may also help you save on your heating and cooling expenses.

How Does It Work?

After the zones of your home have been determined, zoned heating and cooling works 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 better personalize and control your comfort. All of the individual thermostats are linked to a control panel that controls 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 every light in your home with a single switch. That would be incredibly inefficient and wouldn’t make much sense. 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 usually mapped out by determining the areas in the home that have similar heating and cooling needs.

Even in homes that are correctly insulated and constructed well can suffer from hot and cold spots. Some standard architectural features that lead to this are multiple stories, large windows and vaulted ceilings. As we all discovered in science class, heat rises. That means that your top floors are going to be warmer than lower levels. It only makes sense to have a specific thermostat for different levels of your home. Zoned homes can also be customized to your family’s personal comfort needs.

A zoned home will not only save you on energy expenses, but it can keep you and your family more comfortable.

If you’re buying a new system or if you’re interested in retrofitting your current system our professionals 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 503-663-8033.