If you’re contemplating installing a zoned HVAC system in your Grand Traverse County home, effective zoning system design will be the key to maximum savings. A properly designed zoning system keeps your home comfortable while minimizing the amount of energy needed to maintain the temperature you prefer. By considering the following factors, you can plan an effective zoning system design.
- Location of the thermostat: For maximum comfort, the thermostat in each zone should be located in the room that is used the most. This ensures that the HVAC system is reacting to the temperature you’re most often feeling. In particular, avoid putting the thermostat in a hallway as halls are usually not rooms that you spend a lot of time in.
- Interior rooms vs. exterior rooms: When creating a zone, do not include rooms with outside walls in the same zone as rooms with only interior walls. The temperatures in rooms with walls connected to the outdoors will be up to several degrees different than rooms that are completely isolated from outdoor weather. If both kinds of rooms are zoned together, your HVAC system will work harder in rooms that don’t need as much heating or cooling in order to compensate for the rooms in the zone that have more extreme temperatures. Not only will you be less comfortable, but you’ll waste money as well.
- Upper floors vs. lower floors: Since heat rises, upper floors will almost always be warmer than lower floors. If you zone rooms on two different floors, you will have trouble keeping all rooms at the temperature you prefer and will force your HVAC system to work harder.
- New construction vs. old construction: Different levels and types of insulation as well as different construction methods mean that newer construction has different heating and cooling needs than old construction. If you are planning on adding an addition to your house, put it in a separate zone from the older rooms.
For more information on creating an effective zoning system design or other HVAC needs, contact Team Bob’s Heating Cooling Plumbing. We’ve proudly served the Grand Traverse County area for more than 30 years.
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