Do I need a zoned home?

March 29, 2016

Do I Need a Zoned Home?

A zoned heating and cooling system divides your home into two (or more) zones which are controlled by its own thermostat. Are some areas 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 bill.

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 through your entire home. Each zone of your home has its own thermostat installed to allow you to 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 envision the importance of zoning is to imagine you controlled all the lights of your home with one switch. That would be very inefficient and impractical. 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 usually mapped out by identifying the areas in the home that have similar heating and cooling needs.

Even in homes that are correctly insulated and constructed well can be impacted from hot and cold spots. Some typical architectural features that cause 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 tailored to your family’s personal comfort desires.

A zoned home will not only save you on bills, but it will 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 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 team is just a phone call away. Give us a call at 408-215-1018.