Benefits of a Zoned HVAC System
A typical American family has multiple family members who usually have different needs. When it comes to temperature preferences, some want the room to be warmer while others like it cooler.
If you have a traditional forced-air system, you may have a problem meeting everybody’s needs since you only have one thermostat to control the temperature in the entire house.
Advances in HVAC technology offer improvements in temperature control throughout your home. Creating multiple zones within your home has been made possible. You can now adjust the indoor temperature in certain areas to develop a more comfortable environment without having to spend too much on utilities.
If you want to have full control over the temperature throughout your home, you might want to consider HVAC zoning. With a zoning system, every area of your home is given an individual thermostat that enables you to set the temperature according to your liking.
A reputable HVAC company such as Kettle Moraine Heating and Air Conditioning can help you divide your home into zones, creating a more energy-efficient home environment for you and your family.
How Zoning Works
An HVAC zoning system is a heating and cooling system that uses dampers in the ductwork to control and redirect air to certain sections of the home. This creates customized temperature zones throughout the home for improved comfort and energy-efficiency.
This system utilizes a control panel and advanced computer processors to monitor thermostats, the HVAC equipment, and the dampers.
When to Consider Zoning
While most homes will benefit from HVAC zoning, there are specific situations where zoning is needed to improve the overall comfort of your home. That’s because homes with a traditional HVAC setup have a room that’s always too hot or too cold, and family members usually have different temperature preferences.
Zoning systems allow you to accommodate these different needs, while also helping you reduce your energy costs.
If you have an attic, a guest room or a basement, you probably don’t always occupy these rooms. There is no need for you to spend on heating and cooling these areas like you would pay to cool or heat the areas that you always use such as your bedroom or kitchen. Zoning enables you to divide your home into different sections. This way, you no longer have to use energy to keep those areas at the same temperature as the rest of the house unless you need to.
If you’re building a new home, you’ll love the idea of HVAC zoning since new homes are the easiest to zone because the system can be included in the building plans. On the other hand, zoning an existing home may require additional work in order to make adjustments to the existing ductwork.
Depending on your home’s architectural design, your heating and cooling can be greatly affected by its overall exposure to the sun. When the sun moves, the parts of the house that are exposed to the sun get heated up while the other parts remain cooler. Also, the amount, positioning and size of your windows can affect the temperature throughout your home.
Zoning will also make sense if you have a home with multiple levels. Since hot air typically rises, your upstairs rooms are going to be significantly warmer than your downstairs rooms. Zoning lets you control the temperature in both your lower level and upper level rooms.
Benefits of an HVAC Zoned System
Lower Heating Bills
Since you no longer waste energy on heating unoccupied rooms, you will have a considerable reduction in your fuel and electricity costs.
Better Indoor Air Quality
Zoning eliminates the need for ducts, which minimizes the buildup and circulation of dust, dirt, pollen, pet dander and mold, which greatly improves your indoor air. This is particularly beneficial if you have family members who are suffering from asthma and allergies, eye irritation, skin rashes, and other respiratory problems.
Extended Equipment Lifespan
Your furnace or air conditioner doesn’t have to work as hard to heat or cool your entire home. Only specific areas that are occupied will be heated or cooled. Zoning extends the life of your furnace or air conditioner by reducing its wear and tear.
Call the HVAC Pros
For more information about zoned HVAC systems, call Kettle Moraine Heating and Air Conditioning. We offer a wide variety of ductless systems designed to address the issue of inconsistent heating and cooling in homes.
We are your trusted heating and air conditioning contractor that never stops finding ways to serve you better.