If a single thermostat is regulating the temperature in your home, you’re probably wasting energy, especially if your home is large or has more than one level. A thermostat installed on a wall in the living room or a nearby hallway will have no problem controlling the temperature in that area. Yet, that amount of heating or cooling likely will be too little or too much for other parts of the house. That’s why many homes are switching to a zoning system, which allows independent temperature control in different parts of the house.
How Does a Zoning System Work?
The house is divided into two or more zones, each with its unique heating and cooling loads. Often, this means one zone for each level of the house since the higher the level, the easier that area is to heat. However, zones also can be designed for other unique conditions, such as a room with a cathedral ceiling or large bank of windows; an add-on room; or an area that’s at the end of a duct run. Once the zones are set, each gets its own thermostat and automated duct dampers. When heating or cooling is needed in that zone, it will be directed to that area, but no others. The zoning system allows people in each zone to control the climate in that zone.
Benefits of a Zoning System
- Energy savings. When you can control where conditioned air is directed, you can make sure it’s not going to areas that are unoccupied or perhaps are occupied by family members who prefer less cooling of heating. This saves energy and money.
- Improved comfort. If you spend a lot of time in a finished basement, you don’t have to freeze in the winter because the heating system shuts down before you’re comfortable. Or in the summer, you won’t bake in an upstairs bedroom because the A/C shuts off before your room is cooled off.
For more information about a zoning system for your Grand Traverse County home, please contact us at Team Bob’s Heating, Cooling, Plumbing.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Traverse City, Michigan and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about zoning systems and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Guide or call us at 231-714-6196.
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