Ever notice different parts of your home are warmer or cooler than others? Homes often have hot or cool spots - places where the temperatures are impacted by things like the angle of the sun, home design, or even problems with your HVAC system.
Inconsistencies are why HVAC zoning systems were created. With zoned heating and cooling, you can select the temperature for each zone, rather than setting the temperature for the entire home based on the conditions of where you currently are.
Multi-zone heating and cooling systems have many benefits, energy efficiency being one of them. Zoned HVAC systems aren’t that much different than your usual single-zone heating and cooling equipment; the biggest distinction is the dampers located inside of the ducts that direct heating and cooling to specific parts of your home.
A good zoning system also includes a programmable thermostat that can be set to different temperatures and settings throughout your home.
When deciding how to design the zones, you should weigh several different factors.
What are your household’s preferences? Is one person consistently warm while another is cold? It may be best to consider which area individuals spend the most time in and adjust accordingly.
How does home design impact the temperature? Windows can allow both heat and cool air to move around easier than other rooms in your home. Or a newly added addition to your home may be more energy efficient than the older section of your home.
What about convenience? Would you prefer to be able to control the temperature upstairs near the bedrooms? Or bump up the temperature in a basement theater without running upstairs?
This is where an HVAC contractor can help. Contractors understand ducting systems and know where to place the dampers to get you the results you want. They understand how to evaluate your home for changes throughout the day - how that south facing window will impact heating in the summer - and what questions to ask to ensure you achieve the results you are looking for.
In general, a zoning system can save as much as 30 percent on your energy bills because it’s a more efficient way to heat and cool your home. But in addition to the savings, you can make your home a more enjoyable place to be. Imagine never being cold or warm again because you can adjust the temperature to your liking in every room in your home.
If an HVAC zoning system right for you?